Friday, 2 January 2015

Top State Schools in UK

How pleasing it was to receive notification that Gillespie's was included in the Tatler list of 22 top performing state schools in the UK. I am informed that, in addition to exam results, the ethos of the school and the extra curricular provision we offer is also among the best.

Well done and congratulations to everyone associated with Gillespie's. Your varied contributions help make it a special school to be part of.

Copied from 'The Telegraph. 1 January, 2015)

Wealthy parents are prioritising places at sought-after state schools over “shiny preps”, according to the high-society bible Tatler.
The “smuggest mummies” are not those at the gates of top independent schools but those with a place at the best state primaries, it is claimed.
Paying for an education “doesn’t always mean value” and often the right school “isn’t the most expensive one”, Tatler said.
The comments were made as the magazine published its second ever “state schools guide” – listing celebrating the most desirable primaries and secondaries in Britain.
Some 34 schools are listed in the guide – part of the latest issue of the magazine released on Friday – up from 30 at the same time last year.

Those named included Fox primary in Notting Hill, west London, which got the best results in England for last summer’s SATs tests taken by 11-year-olds.
The Grey Coat Hospital school – an all-girl Church of England comprehensive in Westminster – was also listed for the first time after it emerged that Michael Gove, the former Education Secretary, was to enrol his daughter. David Cameron is also understood to be considering the school for his own daughter.
Tatler – the 300-year-old magazine celebrating the lifestyle, fashion and politics of high-society – has traditionally been associated with independent schools, publishing a private education guide for the last decade.
But in early 2014 the magazine took the unusual step of releasing a list of the most sought-after state schools for the first time.
The latest edition, which features 12 primaries and 22 secondaries, said last year’s guide received an “overwhelmingly positive reaction” from its readers.
“Cost doesn’t always mean value: sometimes, the right choice isn’t the most expensive one,” the guide says. “The most important thing is to look at all your options and research, research, research.”
It praises the “superb heads, stupendously dedicated teachers, articulate, smartly turned-out pupils, top-notch academic results [and] sensational facilities” at the top state schools.
“Parents have queued up to sing the praises of their children’s schools (these days, the smuggest mummies aren’t those at the gates of the shiny preps – they’re the ones who’ve snagged a place at the best state primaries),” the guide says.
Bousfield Primary, London SW5
Fox Primary, London W8
West London Free School Primary, London W6
William Tyndale Primary, London N1
St Peter’s Catholic Primary, Hampshire
Botley CofE Primary, Hampshire
St Stephen’s CofE Primary, Bath
Trinity CofE Primary, Gloucestershire
Dunchurch Boughton CofE Junior, Warwickshire
Meadowside Primary, North Yorkshire
Bourne Abbey CofE Primary, Lincolnshire
South Morningside Primary, Edinburgh
The Grey Coat Hospital, London SW1
The Henrietta Barnett School, London NW11
Highbury Grove, London N5
Holland Park School, London W8
Waldegrave School, Middlesex
The Coombe Federation, Surrey
Dame Alice Owen’s, Hertfordshire
Cherwell School, Oxford
Cranbrook School, Kent,
The Costswold School, Gloucestershire
King’s School, Hampshire
Sir William Borlase’s Grammar, Buckinghamshire
Bishop Wordsworth’s, Wiltshire
St John’s Marlborough, Wiltshire
Gillingham School, Dorset
Hardenhuish School, Wiltshire
Sexey’s School, Somerset
Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge
The Ecclesbourne School, Derbyshire
St Aidan’s CofE High, North Yorkshire
The King’s School, Lincolnshire
James Gillespie’s High School, Edinburgh

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