The exam results gap between state schools and private schools is narrowing, figures show.
There has been a steady decline in the number of children educated in the independent sector winning top grades at A-levels since 2010, when the A* mark was introduced.
The proportion of private school students achieving A*s and As has decreased by 4.1 percentage points over the past seven years, from 52 per cent to 47.9 per cent, according to data released by the Independent Schools Council (ISC).
Meanwhile, the proportion of all students winning top grades has only gone down by 0.7 percentage points from 27 per cent to 26.3 per cent over the same period of time.
Lord Ralph Lucas, editor in chief of the Good Schools Guide, said there is “no doubt” that the gap between the state and independent sectors is narrowing, when it comes to those scoring the highest grades at A level.
Perhaps you suspect your child has some learning difficulty and you would like advice on what you should do. Or perhaps it is becoming clear that your child's current school is not working for him or her, and you need help to find a mainstream school which has better SEN provision, or to find a special school which will best cater for your child's area of need. Our SEN consultancy team advises on both special schools, and the mainstream schools with good SEN support, from reception through to the specialist colleges for 19+.
Special Educational Needs Index
There are currently around 163 state funded grammar schools located in 36 English local authorities, with around 167,000 pupils between them. There are a further 69 grammar schools in Northern Ireland, but none in Wales or Scotland. Almost half of these are in what are considered 'selective authorities' (eg Kent and Buckinghamshire), where around one in five local children are selected for grammar school entry based on ability. The others are areas such as Barnet or Kingston, with only a few grammar schools.
How to find a state grammar school
Word of warning: not all selective grammar schools have…
Find the best school for your child.
One month subscription - £0.49 per day
Three month subscription - £0.41 per day
Six month subscription - £0.33 per day
One year subscription - £0.29 per day
Register for instant access to:
☑ Search for more than 30,000 schools in our parent friendly interactive directory.
☑ Create and save lists of schools via My Schools.
☑ Use our comparison grid to get exam results overview of schools you are interested in.
☑ Find comprehensive advice on state and independent schools, tutors and special needs.
☑ Catchment maps for English state schools by…
As proud parents, we all know our children are unique. They're smarter than anyone else's, funnier, certainly more attractive, better behaved and above all bursting with the kind of talent that would leave Daniel Radcliffe or Charlotte Church standing. And sometimes, just sometimes, parental pride is justified.
The British guide to great universities from Harvard to Hong Kong.
We tell you how to choose, how to apply, how to pay.
Why study in the US?
Ask the US-UK Fulbright Commission... Ask the US-UK Fulbright Commission who report that you're in good company: the US is the top destination for international students worldwide. In fact, over 11,000 British students chose the States for their studies last year.
Scholarships for International Students
Here's where you click to receive our giant pdf on US university scholarships for international students, covering how to find financial aid and how...
Can I afford it?
America might proclaim…
☑ 30,000 Independent, state and special schools in our parent-friendly interactive directory ☑ Instant access to in-depth UK school reviews ☑ Honest, opinionated and fearless independent reviews of over 1,000 schools ☑ Independent tutor company reviews