Teesside schools are celebrating after being recognised as among the best around.

After St Bede’s in Marske was named the top state primary school in the UK by the Sunday Times earlier this week, local secondary schools have now been praised.

The newspaper’s Parent Power survey ranked Egglescliffe School, in Eaglescliffe, Stockton, as the fifth best state school in the North East.

And the guide also singled out Yarm School as the Independent Secondary School of the Year in the region, while Teesside High School, in Eaglescliffe, was also in the top 10.

The Sunday Times says its Parent Power guide is widely acknowledged as “the most authoritative survey of the country’s best schools”.

Its rankings are determined by the percentage of examination entries gaining A* to B grades at A-level this summer (which is given double weighting) and the percentage of entries returning A* and A grades, and those graded 9, 8 and 7, at GCSE.

They are published several weeks ahead of the official Government tables for secondary school performance.

Simon White, headteacher at Egglescliffe, said: “We are thrilled to be acknowledged to be one of the top performers in the North East offering the very best in 11-18 education.

“It is a true reflection of our high aspirations for all of our students who have progressed from local primaries into secondary and then into our sixth form college which also includes a large number of students from other 11-16 providers.

“This recognition is testament to our hardworking students, teachers, support staff and governors as well as our supportive parents and carers. This success will be built upon as we open our new sixth form block in Autumn 2019.”

Simon White, headteacher at Egglescliffe School (Image: Evening Gazette)

Yarm School headmaster David Dunn said: “I am thrilled that Yarm School has been named by The Sunday Times as the independent school of the year in the North East.

“It is testament to the hard work of everyone associated with the school, not just this year but over my 20 year tenure and our 40 year history.

“Our examination results are exceptional, but at Yarm we are also committed to developing pupils beyond the classroom.

“The abilities and aptitude that top universities and employers look for, including interpersonal and leadership skills, are a key part of our wider curriculum and, coupled with our academic success, make Yarm the fantastic school it is.”

David Dunn, head of the Yarm School
David Dunn, Yarm School headteacher (Image: Evening Gazette)

Teesside High School was named sixth best independent school in the North-east, up two places from 2017.

Kirsty Mackenzie, head at Teesside High School, said: “We are beyond proud to feature so highly in The Sunday Times independent school league tables.

“As a school which does not select students on academic ability, to see Teesside High School performing so competitively at both A-level and GCSE is a huge affirmation of the hard work and dedication of our staff and students, and of our inclusive school ethos on the whole. We are once again the best performing non-selective independent school in the North-east.”

Kirsty MacKenzie, head at Teesside High School

Earlier this week, Sunday Times assessors said St Bede’s Primary stood out in the rankings for its Sats results and with an outstanding rating from school inspectors Ofsted, the Catholic voluntary academy was also given a gold star for its ethos which encourages children to be the best they can be and for its close work with the community and parents.

The school is part of the Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust which has 25 schools across Teesside under its belt and a headquarters at Trinity Catholic College in Middlesbrough .

Egglescliffe head Mr White is acting as an adviser to the new trust .

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