Best Kept Educational Secret?
Hidden deep between Teesside and North Yorkshire and nestling in the plain below the Cleveland Hills lies Stokesley School. This is a school with a consistently proud record of student achievement yet it is consistently overlooked by the local media and does not receive the recognition it deserves. Last month Stokesley School was identified by The Sunday Times as one of the top five non-selective state schools in the whole of the North of England and the best performing across the Tees Valley and North Yorkshire region. This impressive achievement has resulted from outstanding performances of students and staff at both A Level and GCSE. At A Level 66% of all grades were A* to B grades, with 100% pass rate, placing the school in the survey in the top 35 of all non-selective state schools nationally. The vast majority of students took up places at Russell Group universities to study very competitive courses: six to study Medicine, three to embark on Veterinary Medical courses and three students continued the tradition of successful Oxbridge Stokesley applicants to take up places at Cambridge.
The Sunday Times continued to recognise the high levels of performance at GCSE with 34% of all grades being A-A*, well above the regional and national average. The publication of the official performance tables next month will additionally show the very high success rate of students in the English Baccalaureate most likely placing the school, once again in the top 100 state schools nationally, an impressive achievement for which the school has received Government congratulations for the past two years.
Very few non-selective state schools can compete with such a combined record of success at both GCSE and A Level. It is no surprise therefore that the school is so proud of the glittering performance of its students. So, is Stokesley School the best kept educational secret in the North? Hopefully, no longer!
The Sunday Times Parent Power survey is based on the percentage of exam entries getting A* to B grades at A-level and the percentage of entries getting A or A* at GCSE.