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The 30th edition of Parent Power, which is The Sunday Times Schools Guide 2023, has been published today. It identifies the highest-achieving secondary schools in the UK, based on factors including this year’s examination results.

We are thrilled that Durham High School ranks:

⭐  The most successful secondary school in County Durham
⭐  The top girls’ school in the region
⭐  Top 3 of the region’s independent schools
⭐  1st of the region’s independent schools for A Levels
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Durham High School is among the top five independent schools nationally that have risen through the ranks after strong results when pupils returned to the exam hall.

In the Summer, an incredible 69.4% of all A Level results were graded A*-A, with the A*-B grades at 91.8%. Such outstanding results would be commendable at any time, but are even more remarkable considering the context under which the students sat their A Levels last academic year.

At GCSE, 22% of entries awarded the top grade of 9, and 41.7% of entries Grade 9-8. 62.6% of entries were awarded Grade 7 and above, which is significantly higher than the national average of 26.3%.

Simone Niblock, Principal at Durham High School, said: “It is wonderful that we have been recognised by The Sunday Times Schools Guide as being academically one of the best independent schools in the region this year, and the best in County Durham.”

“Our A Level results, in particular, were outstanding this year, and accolades like this are testament to the tremendous work of our pupils and staff. Well done to them”

The news from The Sunday Times comes just weeks after Durham High School was graded ‘Excellent’ across all areas in the its latest Independent Schools Inspectorate Inspection Report. This is the highest possible grading for an independent school, and highlights the tremendous achievements of staff and pupils.