KING’S High School in Warwick is top of the class.
It has been named The Sunday Times West Midlands Independent Secondary School of the Year for 2019, in the paper’s annual
Parent Power survey identifying the 2,000 highest-achieving UK schools, both independent and state, ranked by recent examination results.
King’s High headmaster Richard Nicholson said: “I am absolutely delighted for our girls, staff and parents. This is a tremendous accolade, recognising both the girls’ achievements, and the all-round experience we offer.
“Whilst we are thrilled that King’s has been recognised in this way, we are not at all complacent. All that we do is focused on ensuring that we offer each of our girls the very best of educations. In a rapidly changing world, that remains our commitment.”
A level results this year saw the Smith Street school ranked 21st nationally for independent girls’ schools, and 31st for GCSE results.
The all round education offered at the school is reflected in the 50-50 split of girls going on to study STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and arts subjects at university.
Head Girl Emma-Jane Taylor Watts said: “Girls at King’s take it as a given they can achieve anything.”
The nomination comes at an historic time in the school’s 139-year history. Next September the school will move to a new purpose built site alongside Warwick School, which was also ranked in the top ten of independent West Midlands schools in the Parent Power survey.
Alastair McCall, editor of Parent Power, said: “Few schools in the country can show the year-on-year improvement in results achieved by the girls at King’s High this year. The improvement matters not because the school’s league table ranking has shot up, but because of the individual triumphs that lie behind those outstanding results.
“King’s High encourages achievement in multiple spheres of activity, examinations being just one. The result is a vibrant school community, and girls who brim with self-confidence and leave the school ready to make a mark upon society in their chosen field.”
King Edward VI School in Stratford was named best state secondary school in the West Midlands.
Parent Power, The Sunday Times Schools Guide 2019, was published in The Sunday Times and online on Sunday (November 25).