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Hat-trick of successes for Royal Grammar School Newcastle

Royal Grammar School Newcastle is celebrating after topping The Sunday Times’ North East independent school league table for a third consecutive year.


Staff and pupils at Royal Grammar School (RGS) Newcastle are full of cheer after it received a top accolade for a third year running.

The school has been named the North East’s Independent Secondary School of the Year for Academic Performance for 2023.

The accolade was bestowed by Parent Power, The Sunday Times’ definitive schools guide, and comes after RGS achieved the title in 2022.

It also builds on its 2021 naming as Sunday Times North East independent school of the decade.

Headmaster Geoffrey Stanford says: “To be recognised again as the top independent school for academic performance in the North East is a remarkable honour.

“We are rightly proud of our consistently outstanding public examination results, the product of our students’ hard work and determination, plus the expertise and encouragement of our staff.

“To have more than 90 per cent of A-level grades at A* to B, and 85.40 per cent of GCSEs at A* to A, is incredible, and competes with the best schools in the country.

“The fact this award comes after we’ve celebrated our best year in terms of our social impact is also hugely rewarding.

“In the past year, 7300 students from 76 local state schools shared in 23,000 hours of RGS partnership activities.

“More than 300 teachers from partner schools received 1500 hours of CPD, or collaborated on curriculum development.

“More than 40 RGS partnerships projects have taken place, including maths, physics, computer science, robotics, sport, languages, classics, debating, UCAS mentoring and much more.

“This award rounds off what has been an incredibly proud few months for everyone involved with the school.”

Widely acknowledged as the most authoritative survey of the country’s best performing education establishments, the latest edition of Parent Power ranks 1700 schools according to the latest GCSE and A-level exam results.

Helen Davies, Parent Power editor, adds: “League tables are not the only criteria a parent can use when choosing a school, but they are a good starting point.

“We want to celebrate excellence. We want to champion schools that are doing wonderful work.

“We want our children to be well-nurtured and well-taught.”