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Impington Village College, The Perse and The Leys named East Anglia’s top schools in The Sunday Times Parent Power Guide

Impington Village College has been named the top non-selective secondary school in East Anglia and wins the East Anglia Comprehensive School of the Year 2024 award in the 31st edition of The Sunday Times Parent Power Guide.

Cambridge schools perform well in the The Sunday Times Parent Power Guide Picture: iStock
Cambridge schools perform well in the The Sunday Times Parent Power Guide Picture: iStock

Its GCSE students performed well above the national average this year, with 26 per cent of all results at grade 8 and 9 and 40 per cent of pupils achieving grade 7 and above. Impington is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and the first UK state school to offer three IB programmes.

Two of just 25 students in the UK to achieve a perfect point score of 45 in their IB Diploma Programme (DP) results attended the college’s Sixth Form, and the entire 2023 cohort also achieved an average point score of 33. This is higher than the global average of 30.24.

In addition, almost 100 per cent of its DP students secured places at their first choice of university, while 75 per cent of Oxbridge applicants received offers. Students also performed significantly higher than the national average in their GCSE examinations, with 16 per cent of all grades achieved by pupils at grade 9, more than 30 per at grade 8 and above, and 45 per cent at grade 7 and above.

Principal Victoria Hearn said: “We are thrilled to have been recognised for our student’s outstanding outcomes, but the award also highlights our commitment to going beyond academic achievements and placing emphasis on the holistic development of our students. Our teachers work tirelessly to blend academic and cocurricular opportunities to ensure our students have access to world-class opportunities and I am proud to have their efforts recognised on a national level.

“This award is the culmination of a hugely successful year for the college, which saw us become the first UK state secondary school authorised to offer three IB programmes. We were also recognised by the British Council for our international education provision, which underscores our commitment to offer students in Cambridgeshire an outstanding education that equips them for an unpredictable future.

“As we celebrate being recognised as East Anglia’s Comprehensive School of the Year 2024, I am excited that more children in Cambridge will benefit from an IB education for free when our partner school, Girton Glebe Primary School, begins its candidacy process to teach the IB Primary Years Programme from September 2024.”

The city’s independent schools also scored highly. The Leys has been named the East Anglia Independent School of the Year 2024.

Emma Mayo, acting head of The Leys, said: “I am incredibly proud of what the school has achieved in recent years and an excellent Independent Schools’ Inspectorate Report in November 2022 was evidence that external professionals agree. We are delighted that again, we have been judged so positively.

“This public recognition of all that goes on here every day would not be possible without the hard work of colleagues, not to mention the commitment of pupils and the wider school community.”

Meanwhile The Perse School picked up the East Anglia Independent School of the Year for Academic Performance 2024 accolade. The Perse retains the accolade having also achieved the feat in the 2023 volume.

The Perse led the way this year with 92.97 per cent of entries graded A* to B at A level and 86.5 per cent of GCSE results graded 9 to 7.

The guide, which can be viewed in full at thetimes.co.uk/schools-league-table, is widely acknowledged as the most authoritative survey of the country’s top schools.

The fully searchable national database of over 1,000 schools by name, local authority, town and postcode, is available online from Friday, December 1 and as a print supplement with The Sunday Times on Sunday, December 3.

As well as an assessment of all academic results on a school-by-school basis, Parent Power enables parents to compare the performance of a given school with other schools in the same town, local authority or nationally. There are also live links to school websites and schools’ most recent inspection reports.

Helen Davies, editor of Parent Power, said: “The educational landscape continues to be challenging across both the state and independent sectors, and this is the first true assessment of post-pandemic exam results. We believe these rankings – and all the additional information on offer in Parent Power – provide parents with a more reliable guide to academic achievement in schools today.

“The guide showcases academic excellence but also celebrates schools who may not be right at the top but are rising, innovating and helping pupils flourish. Being a teenager is hard enough, and the past few years since Covid have made life even harder. It is heartening to highlight the achievements of so many students and schools across the UK.

“This year Parent Power includes details on extracurricular clubs, wellbeing initiatives and school lunch menus – chicken katsu seems to be the dish of the day.”

East Anglia Awards:

- Secondary School of the Year 2024: Colchester Royal Grammar School

- Comprehensive School of the Year 2024: Impington Village College

- Independent School of the Year 2024: The Leys School, Cambridge

- Independent School of the Year for Academic Performance 2024: The Perse School, Cambridge

The Sunday Times Parent Power Guide 2024 can be viewed online at thetimes.co.uk/schools-league-table.

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