High school sets the benchmark

A SUFFOLK high school has been hailed as one of the best non-selective schools in the country. Farlingaye High School, in Ransom Road, Woodbridge, recorded a 99 per cent pass rate for all subjects in last Thursday's A-level results.

A SUFFOLK high school has been hailed as one of the best non-selective schools in the country.

Farlingaye High School, in Ransom Road, Woodbridge, recorded a 99 per cent pass rate for all subjects in last Thursday's A-level results.

At the top of The Independent newspaper's top 40 best performing comprehensives the school's results beat 115 selective grammar schools across the country.

Farlingaye's 119 students achieved an average University and College Admission Service (UCAS) point score of 397.7 – roughly equivalent to three A grades and one E grade per pupil.

Headteacher Sue Hargadon said she was thrilled with Thursday's results.

Ms Hargadon said the school's open-access policy to the sixth form-which allows students with below average GCSE grades to continue their education-meant the students' success were even more remarkable.

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She said: "This is an outstanding year for us. Almost one quarter of student's from the broadly average intake have achieved at least three grade As.

"Equally there have been young people who started school quite a long way behind their peers who have achieved four good A-level passes. We are absolutely thrilled."

Northgate High School in Sidegate Lane, Ipswich, was also among the top 40 best performing comprehensive schools in the country.

Reporting a pass rate of 98pc with an average UCAS points score of 338.3 Northgate headteacher Neil Watts said he was delighted with the results.

He added: "Students have smashed records for the second year running."

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