Town schools among the best in the region

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TWO Rugby state schools have been named as among the best in the West Midlands by the Sunday Times.

Paddox Primary in Hillmorton was ranked as the region’s 24th best primary school, while Rugby High School was the ninth best state secondary school. The newspaper named the top 2,000 schools in Britain on Sunday in its guide, Parent Power. The guide uses exam results from 2005 onwards to rank schools in order of performance.

Charlotte Marten, headteacher of Rugby High School, said: “We’re delighted with the positive publicity but if I’m honest it doesn’t come as a big surprise. Last year we had a very strong year 13, and all 11 who applied to get into Oxford or Cambridge universities were successful.

“Part of our success is down to the nature of the school, generally single sex female schools perform very well, but it’s also down to a lot of hard work here by staff and pupils. The girls work very hard but we try to encourage them to have a balanced life so it’s not all about work.”

Brenda Oakes, headteacher of Paddox, said: “We’re delighted to be featured on the list. I’d say it’s well deserved but it’s not something we expected. I’d put our success here down to hard work by the children and by our staff. A key thing is that we work with single every child to ensure they get the best out of their time here.”

She added: “It’s hard to predict if we’ll feature on the list next year as each year group is different, but I’d like to think we have a decent shot.”

Using the Sunday Times’ website, schools are searchable by postcode, town and local authority meaning parents can see the schools close to where they live with the best outright examination performance. There are links from every school page to its inspection report, the school’s website, listings of property for sale or rent in the immediate area close to the school, and contact details for each institution.

Commenting on how school performance affects how many people want to live in Rugby, Mrs Marten said: “For parents the quality of schools in an area can have a big impact on where they choose to live. Speaking as a parent myself I look closely at the quality of education they will receive.

“In this respect, Rugby has a lot going for it.”