The Perse School

The Perse is named as top performing school in Cambridgeshire

19 Jan 2017

The Perse School has been named as the top performing school for A level results in Cambridgeshire according to the Department for Education league tables released today.  The results highlight the hard work and excellent achievements of over 160 students who sat A levels at the school last year.

Head teacher Ed Elliott said:

“We are pleased that the Government performance tables record the hard work and achievement of our sixth form students. In 2016, 46% of A level entries were graded A* and 81% A* or A. This was a new record for the School, resulting in a DfE ranking which places The Perse as the top performing school or college in the East of England.

However we do advise caution in the reading of these league tables. Not all bona fide academic qualifications are included and this can artificially depress a school’s score. In the GCSE league tables for attainment at 16 years, the Government has decided not to include any IGCSE results even though they are equivalent international qualifications to GCSE and are recognised as such by universities and employers.

The performance league tables also suffer from being a narrow measure of education which records only public exam data and excludes other essential indicators of school quality such as levels of pastoral care and opportunities to acquire inter-personal skills, resilience, team working and organisation through sport, outdoor pursuits and other extra-curricular activities.”

For the second year in succession the School Sport Magazine has also ranked The Perse in the national top 10 for school sport – the only Cambridge school to achieve this status.


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