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Sheffield High School Tops the League Once Again

In a year when almost 25% of England’s schools and colleges teaching A-levels produced no pupils with the A-level grades sought by the leading universities for their top degree courses, the summer of 2012 saw almost half of Sheffield High School’s A-level students achieve this benchmark result.

In addition, over 15% of the School’s A-level students also achieved two grade As and a B or better in the so-called ‘facilitating’ subjects favoured by the twenty top UK universities in the Russell Group. These subjects are biology, chemistry, English literature, geography, history, languages, maths and further maths and physics, all of which have a strong following at the High School. Almost a quarter of schools nationally had no students reaching this level.

Data published recently by the Department for Education also showed that almost 10% of schools nationally missed the new government target of 40% of pupils achieving five A*-C grade GCSEs. At Sheffield High, this figure was 98%, compared with the overall national figure of 59.4% and this achievement placed Sheffield High School at the top of the local league table.

In 2012 the government added a further measure to the league tables, the English Baccalaureate. This measure shows how a school is performing in key academic subjects and shows the percentage of pupils in a school who achieve grade A* to C passes in English, maths, two science subjects, a modern or ancient language, and either history or geography. Nationally in 2012, this figure was 18.3% and, once again, Sheffield High School topped the league table in the South Yorkshire area with 80% of its GCSE candidates achieving this standard.

Commenting on the publication of the league tables, Sheffield High School’s Headmistress Valerie Dunsford said: “Hard work by our students and their teachers and the support of parents consistently keep us at the top end of the exam league tables for schools in South Yorkshire and the north Midlands and we are extremely proud of the School’s record in that regard.”

“It is also encouraging to know that, as a school, we continue to offer those rigorous ‘facilitating’ subjects at A-level which both universities and the Government value so highly and which give so many of our sixth form leavers the opportunity to access the most competitive university courses”, she added.

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