a top 20 school in Sunday Times Parent Power 2021

Thursday December 3, 2020

The Sunday Times published rankings at the weekend of the UK’s top schools in their 2021 edition of Parent Power. Concord was ranked the best co-educational independent school in the West Midlands and 17 overall in the UK. As the guide explains: “The 2021 edition of Parent Power, The Sunday Times Schools Guide, contains new rankings for England’s fully searchable database of Britain’s leading schools. It allows you to quickly search and compare the leading 2,000 state and independent schools in England, all ranked by their 2019 examination results. We have not used 2020 examination outcomes due to the disruption caused by the pandemic, but with examination results and rankings going back to 2010 in many cases, this is the most comprehensive resource covering elite school performance in the UK." The Times have been producing league tables since 1993 when the data first became available. The rankings based on the 2019 results combines performance in both A levels (A*/B) and GCSEs (graded 7 or above) and at 17 placed Concord as one of the top 20 independent schools overall. Assistant Principal (Exams & Enrichment) Dr Phil Outram who analysed the data said: “I would favour combining the A*/A rate with GCSEs at grade 7 or above, as a better discriminator. “If we repeated the above analysis using A*/A rather than A*/B it would move Concord up to 14th ranked independent school overall.” Said Concord Principal Mr Neil Hawkins: “It is excellent to see the success of Concord’s students and skilled the educators who supported them, reflected in the recent Sunday Times’ rankings: to feature so highly is a testament to the dedication and commitment of all concerned. “It is also a gratifying that the school’s growth in stature over the last decade is evident.”