Ashford Kent Education: Joins List of Top 100 UK Schools By Sunday Times Schools Guide 2021

With its rolling hills, beautiful coastline, and peaceful and picturesque village ambiance, Ashford, Kent is the most conducive place for learning and education in the UK. This is further enhanced recently when several schools in this country were featured high on the list of Top 100 UK Schools by the 2021 Sunday Times School Guide. This achievement makes Ashford Kent Education even more enticing to students all over UK.

The ratings are based on A-level, GCSE, IB, Pre-U, Advanced Higher, Higher and National 5 outcomes.

The Sunday Times School Guide 2021 ranks each secondary school in Kent as some of the best performings. Six schools in Kent featured in the top 100 list, which ranks state secondary schools across the country. Ashford Kent Education sector, being an area right at the heart of Kent and the perfect fusion of the peacefulness of the countryside and the vibrance of the town centre, makes it even more suitable to school life. 

The Best Secondary Schools in Kent

The Sevenoaks School was the 18th best independent secondary school in the county, and the highest-ranked in Kent. The Tonbridge School was found 34th on the national list, with 89 per cent A*-B grades at A Level. 

Walthamstowe Hall in Sevenoaks also placed high on the list, coming in 95th best in the country - up from 160th the year before.

Under the top Ashford Kent Education sector, Highworth Grammar School was ranked as the 91st top performing school in the country. Dane Court Grammar School in Broadstairs was the best performing grammar school in the east of Kent. Langton Grammar School for Boys in Canterbury and Rainham Mark Grammar School in Gillingham also made the list.

Ashford Kent Education: Student A-Level Results Received Today

Pupils received their results after exams were canceled for a second successive year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Students at schools and colleges in Ashford, Tenterden, and Romney Marsh discovered the grades determined by their teachers, rather than exams, assessed on what they have learned during the year.

School heads from the Ashford Kent Education sector have always emphasized giving students more chance to prove what they can do despite the challenges in learning brought by the COVID-19.

Ofqual interim chief regulator Simon Lebus told the BBC that the watchdog wanted to create a system where every student was given a fair chance to show what they can do.

Given the disruption to the usual exam season that would have taken place before the Covid-19 crisis, The Norton Knatchbull School in Ashford has ruled against publishing their exam results. 

Headteacher Ben Greene said: "This year, following the cancellation of exams, grades were awarded through a process of teacher assessed grades, against a national standard and approved and awarded by the exam boards.

"While it is customary at this time of year for schools to highlight these outcomes in terms of percentages achieved at different grade thresholds, given the disruption to education which this cohort has faced over the last two years, this is not the appropriate focus," he said.

"Indeed, the government is not publishing performance data for any schools or colleges this year due to the impact of the pandemic."

"Notwithstanding this, we very much look forward to celebrating the range of destinations and opportunities that now await our A-level students as they head towards a range of higher education destinations, apprenticeships, and employment."

Ashford Kent Education is known to prioritize the student's personal growth, well-being, and development instead of emphasizing state-wide educational rules and regulations to assess grades and performance.

Ashford Kent Education: Schools Increase in A-Level Students

The North School in Ashford says it has seen a significant increase in A*-B grades across all A-level courses, and almost 50% of BTEC grades awarded being Distinction* or Distinction. Head girl Mia Padilla achieved A* in English, A in history, and B in biology. She is looking forward to studying ancient history at the University of Kent. Joe Battle is heading to study history at the University of Southampton after achieving A grades in mathematics, chemistry, and history.

The school's Young Farmers team is delighted with Amie Bridge's results. She will be studying agriculture with animal science at Harper Adams University.

Conal Parnell achieved a Double Distinction in Sport BTEC and a C in A-level psychology. He will move to study in the USA on a basketball scholarship.

Headteacher Anna Lawrence said: "It has been a privilege to work with this year's group. We are tremendously proud of all the work and achievements of our students, especially after such an extraordinary and disrupted year.

"Students worked closely with staff and supported each other throughout the very challenging year. We look forward to seeing what they will achieve in the future."

At Benenden School, students celebrate after 83% of grades awarded were at A* or A, up from 74% last year.

During the summer term, when exams would normally be taking place, Benenden organised a special learning programme for the GCSE and A-level year groups. This programme involved academic sessions, practical courses, vocational qualifications, and a programme of lectures.

Sixth-formers at Wye School are set to take up places at some of the UK's top universities after receiving their A-level grades today.

Among those celebrating at Wye School were Amelia Pullen, who will be going to King's College London to study pharmacy, and Abi Holroyde, who will be taking up a place at the University of Kent to study architecture.

At Towers School in Ashford, all pupils who applied for university have been successful, while other students have apprenticeships and employment opportunities lined up.

Principal Richard Billings said: "I am immensely proud of each student, showing the resilience and tenacity to continue with their studies, while facing such challenges brought about by the global pandemic.

"Each student needs to be celebrated, not only for their results, but for their pure determination to continue in such difficult circumstances. Our students have shown how they can adapt their approach to their studies and still thrive to achieve their grades and get to their next destination."

"Throughout, they have maintained their focus and hard work - whether in class or during periods of home learning - and I am delighted to see so many securing the university and apprenticeship places of their choice today."

"I would like to congratulate all our students receiving their grades today and wish them all the best as they take their next steps as adults. Our staff, too, deserve huge thanks for their tireless efforts, guidance, and support towards our young people and the way they have adapted to make the best of these challenging times."

At Towers School in Ashford all pupils who applied for university have been successful, while other students have apprenticeships and employment opportunities lined up.

All the A-level achievements of outstanding students in Ashford proves Ashford Kent Education sector's competitiveness and resilience when it comes to quality learning amidst the significant adjustments made due to the pandemic.

Ashford Kent Education Highlights Quality as a Primary Feature for Long-Term Property Investment

At this rate and with an outstanding repertoire and achievements like this, we are confident that Ashford will always be in strong demand. Ashford Kent Education sector is as competitive as any UK city but only further enhanced by its peaceful environment close to nature, making it even more conducive for serious learners.

The number of corporate giants relocating in the area makes it a great place for fresh graduates seeking out jobs and employment.

Boasting strong transport links, especially HS1, the mesmerising countryside, the relatively affordable cost of living in the borough, and the continuous regenerations of the town in recent years, will make Ashford Kent Education even more pronounced shortly.

Read more about our Ashford Kent Hotspot series below or if you're interested in running through our local Ashton new build developments, chat with the team on 02079236100 or book a time.

Brett Alegre-wood
August 27, 2021

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