Top marks jump helps Sheffield school rise in ranking

Sheffield High School GCSE results..... from left.. with over 10 A*s each are Hanisha Chadha; Lisa Shelswell; Radhika Singh; Jessica Lindley; and Natalia Hackett...'See Story  John Roberts Picture Chris Lawton   '23rd August 2012
Sheffield High School GCSE results..... from left.. with over 10 A*s each are Hanisha Chadha; Lisa Shelswell; Radhika Singh; Jessica Lindley; and Natalia Hackett...'See Story John Roberts Picture Chris Lawton '23rd August 2012
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OUTSTANDING marks in students’ GCSE results have seen Sheffield High School ranked 60th in the top 100 independent schools in the UK.

The Broomhill school - which has 1,000 pupils aged from four to 18 - achieved a A* and A pass rate of 77.28 per cent in this year’s exams.

Headteacher Valerie Dunsford said the pass rate had increased from 68 per cent last year, when the school’s ranking in the table was ‘around the 100 mark’.

She said: “I knew we had done very well this year and the pass rate at the highest marks has gone up by 10 per cent, which was a massive increase for us this year, but it’s a surprise to go up so high in the table.

“That has had an effect.”

The school had a 100 per cent pass rate at the five A* to C grades, including English and maths, which is the Government’s preferred mark of success for secondary schools at exam time.

But at the highest grades there was also impressive achievement.

Out of the 114 girls who sat GCSE exams this year at the High School on Rutland Park, 54 of them got all A* or A grades across their chosen subjects.

Another 14 students were celebrating after getting entirely all A* marks.

And Clare Rees-Zimmerman, 16, was highlighted for achieving 13 A* passes in total plus some higher exams - breaking all the school’s records in the process.

Mrs Dunsford said the focus was on students doing well, rather than league tables.

She added: “We just focus on getting the best out of our students every single year.

“Some years do extremely well and some years do less well but that doesn’t mean they have tried any less or been any less successful.”

The girls who achieved 10 A* grades at Sheffield High School this year were: Natalia Hackett, Caroline Ridler, Rachel Hopkins, Radhika Singh, Ella Jackson, Charlotte Elmer, Ratnam Gandhi, Jessica Lindley, Gurkirat Sangha, Hanisha Chadha, Matin Charlesworth, Lisa Shelswell and Emily Thomas.

The top 100 table is to be published today and Sheffield High School was the only city school to feature.

A breakdown of the South Yorkshire area showed Birkdale School for boys had an A* and A pass rate of 62.15 per cent, and Doncaster Hill House School’s pass rate was 38.90 per cent.