Reading Schools Stay In The Top League
16th November 2010
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A recent article in the Sunday Times shows that two Reading schools remain firmly in the top 10 State Secondary schools in the country!


Reading School was declared the Sunday Times State Secondary School of the year for offering, as head teacher John Weeds put it ‘the best of the independent sector in a within a state school setting’. Whilst it remains welded to it’s long and distinguished history (it is the 10th oldest school in the country dating from 1125 as part of Reading Abbey)  it also has the distinction of being amongst only 32 State boarding schools left in Britain, leading to comparisons with Hogwarts with it’s own imposing Grade II listed architecture.


Whilst moving a little further down the table at 7th, Kendrick School in the centre of Reading shows it remains exceptional in the State school sector. It is a school for girls only (whereas Reading caters only for boys) and head teacher Marsha Elms congratulates the 17 students who have received offers from Oxford or Cambridge universities this year. This follows an exceptional result of 89.2% of their A level students achieving grades of A* -B.


Unsurprisingly, both Reading and Kendrick schools achieved ‘exceptional’ ratings by Ofstead inspectors.


In the same feature, congratulations must also be made to The Abbey Junior School, close to Reading University which moved up three places to 21st in the Top 100 Prep Schools table from last year.  


Reading has a lot to be proud of in the quality of it’s schools and I know that there are many other exceptional schools in the area who have their own achievements this year. Please contact me at with your local schools' reasons to be proud.

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