Gloucestershire schools best in South West
By Sarah Wood
Gloucestershire has some of the best state secondary schools in the South West - according to The Sunday Times Parent Power rankings.
Topping the list for the South West is Pate's Grammar School in Cheltenham, with 92.8 per cent of students achieving A-level grades of A*-B. Pate's is also ranked as the sixth best state secondary school nationally and is the highest rated co-educational school nationally.
The county's other grammar schools rate very highly in the rankings - with Stroud High School coming in at third in the South West (45th nationally), Sir Thomas Rich's School ranking eighth in the region (68th nationally and Denmark Road High School coming in at 10th in the region (90th nationally).
Marling School in Stroud and The Crypt School in Gloucester also make it into the top 20 - in 15th and 17th places respectively.
While the top 20 is dominated by selective schools, just two comprehensives make it into the South West's top secondary schools - Balcarras School in Cheltenham in 18th place and The Cotswold School in Bourton-on-the-Water in 20th place.
The region's top independent secondary school is Cheltenham Ladies' College, with 90 per cent of students receiving A-level grades of A*-B. The Ladies' College is ranked 34th nationally.
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