New GCSE league table places St Mary’s in top 10% in Essex

20 January 2017

Superb GCSE results achieved by students at St Mary’s, Colchester in 2016 has placed the school as the 11th highest-achieving of the 113 secondary schools in Essex, according to a new league table based on GCSE grades A* to G across eight subjects, known as Attainment 8. 

‘GCSE results at St Mary’s are consistently excellent, despite the fact that we are not an academically selective school,’ said Mrs Hilary Vipond, St Mary’s Principal. ‘All of our students benefit from high-quality teaching in a happy, supportive environment where each individual is known and valued. This means that they enjoy their school days and achieve the academic results that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives.’

St Mary’s is an independent day school for 400 girls aged 4 to 16 and boys aged 3 to 4, on two campuses close to Colchester town centre. The school was recently listed in the Sunday Times UK Top 100 Prep Schools and ranked 13th of all independent schools in the country without a sixth form.  GCSE results consistently place St Mary’s as one of the top-performing schools in Essex, and the highest achieving non-grammar school in the North Essex area, despite the fact that there is no academic selection on entry to the school. Class sizes are small and there is a focus on educating the whole individual, developing students’ characters, interests and talents and creating a purposeful, supportive environment for learning.

Attainment 8 GCSE results 2016: Essex

Local Rank

Name

Type of School

Average Attainment 8 score per pupil

Progress 8 measure

Percentage of pupils achieving grades A*-C in both English and mathematics GCSEs

Percentage of key stage 4 pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate

National Rank

1

Chelmsford County High School for Girls

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76.5

0.52

100

100

8

2

Colchester County High School for Girls

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75.8

0.57

100

92

12

3

King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford

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74.8

0.53

100

98

20

4

Colchester Royal Grammar School

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73.4

0.39

99

82

34

5

Westcliff High School for Boys Academy

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72.7

0.66

100

93

38

6

Westcliff High School for Girls

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71.4

0.39

100

88

51

7

Southend High School for Boys

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69.6

0.3

99

81

86

8

Southend High School for Girls

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68.2

0.22

100

89

117

9

New Hall School

Independent school

63.6

NP

91

3

222

10

Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College

Independent school

61.5

NP

86

64

287

11

St Mary’s School for Girls

Independent school

61.1

NP

89

59

304

12

Saffron Walden County High School

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59.8

0.32

84

51

372

13

Harris Academy Chafford Hundred

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59.5

0.75

85

60

398

14

Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School

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58.3

0.1

89

40

495

15

Braeside School

Independent school

58.1

NP

76

59

505

16

Davenant Foundation School

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57.6

0.26

82

48

556

17

St Bernard’s High School

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57.4

0.52

84

29

572

18

St Nicholas School

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57

NP

78

35

614

19

Anglo European School

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56.6

0.2

73

52

661

20

The Eastwood Academy

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56.3

0.58

83

29

703

21

Moulsham High School

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56.1

0.39

72

40

724

22

The Appleton School

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55.5

0.33

77

38

807

23

Mayflower High School

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55

0.2

78

43

864

24

Debden Park High School

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54.9

0.43

71

23

874

25

St Martin’s School Brentwood

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54.9

-0.14

82

18

875

26

The Sandon School

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54.8

0.17

72

33

895

27

Chelmer Valley High School

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54.8

0.34

75

13

896

28

Friends School

Independent school

54.5

NP

73

23

944

29

Grays Convent High School

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54.4

0.37

78

39

957

30

Thurstable School Sports College and Sixth Form Centre

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54.4

0.43

77

18

965

31

The King John School

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54.1

0.14

70

34

1012

32

The Stanway School

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53.9

0.25

70

15

1058

33

The FitzWimarc School

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53.6

0.08

71

19

1117

34

Thorpe Hall School

Independent school

53.4

NP

84

16

1135

35

St John Payne Catholic School, Chelmsford

Voluntary aided school

53.3

-0.06

70

30

1162

36

Ormiston Rivers Academy

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53.2

0.4

69

28

1188

37

St Clere’s School

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53.2

0.19

78

31

1192

38

Hedingham School and Sixth Form

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53.2

0.3

70

25

1197

39

Shenfield High School

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53.1

0.29

67

16

1212

40

St Benedict’s Catholic College

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53

0.08

73

41

1220

41

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52.6

0.02

71

29

1308

42

The Gilberd School

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52.6

0.17

67

14

1309

43

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52.5

0.7

61

14

1334

44

Burnt Mill Academy

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52.4

0.45

83

19

1352

45

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52.3

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72

19

1380

46

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52.1

0.07

70

23

1415

47

Philip Morant School and College

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52

0.1

72

17

1438

48

Gosfield School

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51.6

NP

76

28

1521

49

Plume School

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51.6

0.08

63

26

1539

50

St Thomas More High School

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51.5

0.07

63

18

1559

51

St Mark’s West Essex Catholic School

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51.4

0.13

61

36

1583

52

The Billericay School

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51

-0.1

67

29

1666

53

William Edwards School

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50.8

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73

37

1715

54

Beauchamps High School

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50.6

0.04

59

26

1754

55

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50.6

0.15

73

11

1763

56

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50.5

-0.35

66

35

1799

57

Notley High School and Braintree Sixth Form

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50.4

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58

19

1814

58

Gable Hall School

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61

36

1840

59

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66

31

1850

60

West Hatch High School

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0.03

69

27

1868

61

Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre

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38

1869

62

De La Salle School and Language College

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50.1

0.43

67

36

1886

63

The Christian School (Takeley)

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50

NP

42

42

1908

64

William de Ferrers School

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-0.1

64

13

1912

65

Roding Valley High School

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49.9

0.02

65

21

1929

66

The Ockendon Academy

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49.9

0.05

57

5

1939

67

Manningtree High School

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49.9

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68

11

1945

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49.9

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56

15

1946

69

The Sweyne Park School

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49.5

-0.07

66

30

2045

70

St Helena School

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49.2

0

48

19

2112

71

The Cornelius Vermuyden School

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49

-0.11

57

14

2169

72

Maltings Academy

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48.9

0.04

68

2

2183

73

Shoeburyness High School

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48.7

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64

7

2232

74

Woodlands School

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48.7

0.16

59

16

2235

75

Trinity School

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48.5

NP

43

0

2265

76

The Honywood Community Science School

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48.5

-0.58

43

19

2275

77

Passmores Academy

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48.5

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63

13

2279

78

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48.3

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55

9

2322

79

King Harold Business & Enterprise Academy

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47.6

0.2

54

27

2468

80

Forest Hall School

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47.4

0.45

67

3

2520

81

The Bromfords School and Sixth Form College

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47.3

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53

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2536

82

Alec Hunter Academy

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47.3

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57

22

2537

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The Ramsey Academy, Halstead

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47.2

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61

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2556

84

Tabor Academy

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57

20

2601

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55

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2705

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58

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60

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60

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45.7

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51

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2812

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44.7

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48

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44.4

0.26

32

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Cecil Jones Academy

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44.3

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3030

95

St John’s School

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43.7

NP

58

12

3106

96

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-0.41

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3133

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43

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46

14

3207

98

The Gateway Academy

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43

-0.35

51

6

3210

99

Ormiston Park Academy

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42.9

-0.2

46

7

3223

100

Clacton Coastal Academy

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42.7

-0.01

41

4

3244

101

Hassenbrook Academy

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41.2

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3367

102

The Hathaway Academy

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40.8

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39

2

3400

103

The Deanes School

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40.7

-0.58

35

3

3402

104

Colchester High School

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40.6

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6

0

3412

105

The Basildon Upper Academy

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40.6

-0.44

48

2

3414

106

Chase High School

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39.5

-0.68

42

3

3482

107

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38.1

-1.2

30

2

3541

108

Futures Community College

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35.9

-0.96

26

0

3605

109

Felsted School

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30.5

NP

0

0

3711

110

Brentwood School

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27.8

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0

0

3741

111

Chigwell School

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26.6

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0

0

3755

112

New Campus Basildon Studio School

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20.1

-1.66

17

0

3810

113

Tendring Enterprise Studio School

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10.6

-2.32

7

0

3852

 

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