Schools among Midlands’ top 10

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SCHOOLS are celebrating after being named in the top 10 in the East Midlands.

Bourne Grammar School, Stamford High School, Oakham School, Uppingham School and Oundle School are among the top ten independent or state secondary schools in the region according to the Sunday Times’ Parent Power guide.

The guide, which was published on Sunday, names Bourne Grammar School as the second best state secondary school in the East Midlands, with a national rank of 110th.

Oundle School is the third best independent secondary school in the region, with Uppingham School sixth, Stamford High School eighth and Oakham School 10th.

Bourne Grammar headteacher Jonathan Maddox said: “We would prefer to be top but it is a testament to the hard work the pupils do.

“They are very well taught and very well supported. We do a lot to ensure they enjoy coming to the school.

“We have found that merely improving the accommodation does not in itself achieve anything. It is how you treat people and how you value them that does it.”

Stamford High School headteacher, Dyl Powell, added: “We are delighted that we have got this kind of recognition. The East Midlands is quite a large region and that sort of acknowledgement has not been on my radar before.

“The key is that we work in partnership with the students at home and at school. That is the main recipe for success.”

Oakham School was also ranked 10th in the UK for its International Baccalaureate results.

Headmaster Nigel Lashbrook said: “It is fitting to achieve 10th place nationally in the same year that we are celebrating ten years of the International Baccalaureate at Oakham.

“These rankings reflect an outstanding set of summer exam results for our students and we are delighted, once again, to be included in the top ten independent schools offering the baccalaureate in the UK.”

Uppingham School headteacher Richard Harman added: “I was delighted with the results this year’s cohort of Uppinghamians achieved; a fitting tribute to the hard work of the pupils and staff alike.

“As a school that embraces full boarding it is very rewarding to see that this environment allows pupils to grow and succeed academically and personally.”

The full rankings can be seen on the Sunday Times website, although a subscription fee is required.