Northamptonshire is home to a wide range of Secondary Schools and Academies located across the county, many of which are performing well above the national average*
*The Attainment 8 score is the national platform used to mark how pupils at secondary schools have performed across 8 subjects. The national average Attainment 8 score is 48.5.
With a strong mix of academies, same sex, independent, state, faith and grammar schools, Northamptonshire caters for all parents and aspiring students’ needs when choosing secondary school education.
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Carry on reading to find out more information about some of the Schools and Academies that exist across Northamptonshire...
Northampton High School prides itself in providing outstanding facilities for art, drama, music, science and technology, as well as a wide range of indoor and outdoor sports. The school is officially the best performing school in the county with a 2016 attainment 8 score of 68.6 (well above the 48.5 national average) and with 94% of students achieving a grade C and above in English and Maths GCSE’s.
Notable alumnae of Northampton High School include both Commonwealth Games and World Athletic Championships gold medallists but perhaps most impressively Baroness Manningham-Buller - the former General Director of MI5!
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Quinton House School is another Northamptonshire school whose students perform well above the national average achieving a 2016 attainment 8 score of 60.1 and boasting in 2017 that the new top grade 9 for Maths was awarded to more than twice the national average.
Quinton House School prides itself in building a child’s foundations for an adult life of confidence, curiosity and opportunity.
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Bishop Stopford School in Kettering is the highest performing academy school in Northampton achieving a high 2016 ‘attainment 8’ score of 59.3 and had 86% of its pupils achieve a Grade 4 (equivalent to a Grade C) and above in English and Maths at GCSE level in 2017.
Bishop Stopford School prides itself on having a strong commitment to help each and every one of their students develop to their full potential.
Northampton School for Boys is an 11-18 state funded single sex boys’ school where girls are admitted to the Sixth Form.
The School boasts a high 2016 ‘attainment 8’ score of 59.2 and had 89% of its students gain an A*-C equivalent (new grade 4 and above) in both English and Maths GCSEs with the Maths grade 4 and above at 95%.
Not content with such high academic standards the school was crowned the number one state school in England for sport in 2015. The school operates 78 different sports clubs, meaning there is a sport for every student no matter what interest or ability. The school regularly reaches national finals in a variety of sports and several pupils have gone on to represent England in Rugby Union such as Steve Thompson and Courtney Lawes.
Notable alumnae away from the sports field include the 11th Doctor Who and talented actor Matt Smith!
Sponne School is a mixed gender Secondary School and Sixth Form College in Towcester and is the oldest secondary school in Northamptonshire, and one of the oldest in the country!
A specialist Science and Music Academy, Sponne School prides itself on providing a vibrant learning environment where all students are encouraged to actively engage in everything they offer, which includes many extra-curricular activities.
Academically, Sponne School consistently performs well and, results wise, is often within the top 10% of schools in the country.
Brooke Weston Academy is another school in Northamptonshire that has consistently placed very highly in GCSE league tables and has an above average value added score at Key Stage 4. In its Mission Statement, the schools states how it is proud to provide its students with the skills, knowledge, attitudes and resilience necessary to succeed as individuals and as responsible and valued members of society.
The annual Track and Field Sports day held at Corby Triangle (near Rockingham) is a popular highlight of the year which includes an inter-tutor Tug of War competition.
As well as producing academically good results, as demonstrated by 74% of their students gaining grades A*- C in 2016, Magdalen College School provides an all-round education to its pupils running a range of enrichment activities, extra-curricular trips and foreign visits which give opportunities for students to develop personally as well as academically. Notable alumnae include an Olympic 100m sprinter (Meyrick Chapman), an Evolutionary Psychologist (Robin Dunbar) and a British Diplomat (Sir John Coles).
Officially awarded the “Outstanding” rating by Ofsted in January 2015, Sir Christopher Hatton Academy achieved an Attainment 8 score of 53.08 in 2016 which is well above the national average of 48.5.
As a high performing Academy, Sir Christopher Hatton Academy is at the leading edge of Government policy, achieving approval from the Department for Education (DfE) to be a Sponsor of other Academies, who require strategic support to develop the best possible education for the young people of Wellingborough.