Colyton Grammar named top Co-ed secondary school

PUBLISHED: 07:01 18 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:53 05 November 2018

Happy high achievers at Colyton Grammar School. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Happy high achievers at Colyton Grammar School. Picture: CONTRIBUTED


It is also rated the top overall secondary school in the South West - Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset.

Colyton Grammar School has been ranked the best performing co-educational secondary school in England.

The latest league table, published by the Department for Education, also rate it the best performing secondary school over all in the south west.

Colyton achieved a ‘Progress 8’ score of 1.00, a rating described by the DfE league table as ‘well above average’. Only 14 per cent of 6,530 secondary schools in the country achieved this rating.

The Progress 8 benchmark is an accountability measure introduced in 2016 and used by the government to measure the effectiveness of secondary schools in England. It bands pupils into groups based on their scores in English and Mathematics during the Key Stage 2 SATs.

According to the league table 100 per cent of Colyton Grammar School students stay in education or enter employment at age 16, and 100 per cent achieved Grade 5 or above in GCSE English and Maths. In all, 87 per cent of Colyton students who sat GCSEs this year achieved the top three grades of 9 to 7. 99 per cent achieved grades 9 to 5, and 40 per cent achieved a grade 9, ten times the national average of 4per cent.

Some 21 students achieved the coveted eight or more subjects with grade 9, around 18 per cent of this year’s GCSEs cohort. This compares to the national figure of 0.2 per cent.

Across subjects, 100 per cent of students who sat computer science achieved grade 7 or above. Subjects where 85 per cent or more students achieved grade seven or above include biology, chemistry, English language, English literature, geography, history, maths, physics and religious studies.

Students who studied for EDEXCEL Business sat the ‘old style’ GCSE and 100% per cent achieved A* to A – the best results for this subject in the country. One student achieved the highest mark in the country and with three others is in the UK top 10 – meaning that four of the highest-marked top 10 business studies students in the UK come from Colyton.

Head teacher Tim Harris said: “The Progress 8 benchmark is the main way in which we can measure our progress internally and against other schools in the country. My congratulations and thanks go to our students and my colleagues for this superb result, which sees us in the top 14 per cent of all secondary schools in England and the top co-educational secondary school in the country – as well as best performing of all secondary schools in Devon.”

The full DfE league table is available to view here. More information about Colyton Grammar School is available at

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