Shropshire college named second best in the country

A boarding school near Shrewsbury has been named as the second best independent school in the country in an A-level results table.

Concord College in Acton Burnell, near Shrewsbury
Concord College in Acton Burnell, near Shrewsbury

Figures from the Independent Schools Council put Concord College in Acton Burnell, near Shrewsbury, just behind Wycombe Abbey in Buckinghamshire in the table – the international boarding school took the spot at the top of the independently-created chart for the fifth year in a row.

The results of 492 schools were taken into account.

The international school, whose pupils are aged between 13 and 19, saw 149 students achieve a combined 204 A*s and 211 As. Its average AS and A-level UCAS score per candidate was 501, behind the 540 achieved by Wycombe Abbey.

Principal Neil Hawkins said he put the success down partly to environment created by a boarding school.

“There’s that opportunity to create a community where there’s the expectation of success,” he said.

He added that he was in favour of the move to introduce the A* grade at A-level because ‘it has given a benchmark which has been very useful at the top end’.

Five Shropshire schools in Shropshire were in the table, which includes qualifications, such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) BTECs, the extended project qualification and the Cambridge Pre-U examination.

Adcote School for Girls was next highest, with a UCAS score of 371.

Shrewsbury High School had a score of 363, Moreton Hall’s average was 355 and Bedstone College in Bucknell had 206 points.

Michael Getty, head of Shrewsbury High School, said the school focused on A Levels, rather than other qualifications taken into account in the report.

“These results once again place us in the elite Top 100 category nationally according to The Times.”

Barnaby Lenon chairman of the ISC, said: “Independent schools can be very proud once again of their pupils’ excellent results.”

By Chris Burn