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Keswick School - top state school in Cumbria in Sunday Times rankings

Friday 4th December 2020

Keswick School is listed as the sixth-best non-selective state school in the North West and the top state school in Cumbria (including selective schools) according to the 28th edition of the Sunday Times Parent Power guide. This national schools guide of Britain's leading schools was published over the weekend.


Such achievements are down to consistently high performance and come on the back of some outstanding results over many years. In 2019 122 A-level students achieved 61.9% A*-B grades (65th highest in the UK for a state comprehensive school). Results are also consistently impressive at GCSE with over 80% of students achieving a grade 4 and above in English and Maths every year for the last three years.


The Sunday Times guide highlights that the leading state schools in the North West are dominated by selective grammar schools in Trafford, Lancashire and the Wirral. Therefore, we are delighted to be a beacon of excellence in Cumbria and be recognised in the top 20 schools (including selective schools) for the whole of the North West


Such results do not come about by chance. Keswick School Sixth Form offers one of the largest range of A-level courses in Cumbria and we have developed exceptional pastoral support to help every student achieve their potential. In addition, our International Languages Centre and Food Technology kitchen continue to place Keswick School at the forefront of advancement in learning.


As a fully inclusive school our ambition is to achieve world class standards and create the leaders of tomorrow, and we welcome anyone who shares the same philosophy.


Simon Jackson (Head teacher) comments:

‘I’m delighted that the Sunday Times Parent Power guide reflects the achievements of our talented students and dedicated staff. Keswick School's ethos is to provide excellence and aspiration in a caring and happy school community. We appreciate that, in addition to academic achievement, other qualities are equally likely to lead to success later in life. It is this ability to seize opportunities and broaden horizons that help our students develop into articulate, confident and successful young people

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