The results are in for the 2018 Sunday Times Schools Guide and it is good news for Essex schools

Anyone who works in education will know that the release of The Sunday Times Schools Guide is incredibly important. This guide recognises the top schools throughout the UK, splitting them down into regions across the entire country.
This November, the results of the 25th edition of Parent Power, which is fully compiled by The Sunday Times, were released. This particular guide looks at 2,000 of the highest achieving schools throughout the UK and then ranks them based on the obtained results during exams.


The East Anglia Region

The Top 10 State Schools in East Anglia


Regional rank

School name


A-level A*-B (%)

GCSE A*/A/9/8/7 (%)


national rank

2016 national rank

1 Colchester County High School for Girls Colchester 82.7 89.9 14 21
2 King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford Chelmsford 84.3 85.8 15 12
3 Colchester Royal Grammar School Colchester 90.1 72.3 17 18
4 Chelmsford County High School for Girls Chelmsford 78.9 87.4 24 13
5 Westcliff High School for Boys Westcliff-on-Sea 82.4 69.3 34 52
6 Westcliff High School for Girls Westcliff-on-Sea 80.5 68.2 38 55
7 Southend High School for Girls Southend-on-Sea 76.6 69.9 52 128
8 Southend High School for Boys Southend-on-Sea 79.0 57.4 69 68
9 Saffron Walden County High School Saffron Walden 74.0 35.0 141= 130
10 Comberton Village College Cambridge 64.8 39.1 191 227


The one region that we were interested in had to be East Anglia, for obvious reasons, and we were impressed with the results that came out of the guide.

Out of the top ten secondary schools in the East Anglia Region, 9 of those schools were based in Essex. This particularly relates to those grammar schools, which made up 8 of the 9.

The top-rated secondary school within the East Anglia Region is the Colchester County High School for Girls. Making it in the top 10 for East Anglia and recognised as being the 14th best-placed school nationally.
When you look at the GCSE results obtained by this school, it all becomes clear why it has rated so highly. In fact, 89.9% of all the results achieved were at the A* or A level.

Another school that presented some rather impressive results, albeit at A-level rather than GCSE, was Colchester Royal Grammar School. More than 90% of the results achieved at A-level were A, A* or B grades.
Parent Power- the most authoritative survey of the best schools in the UK
The idea behind Parent Power is to offer a database for parents of students entering secondary school age to compare performance within their town or local authority. It also allows them to see how these particular schools in their area compare with those in the country.

It also showcases academic results, but it also offers links to the schools’ websites and the most recent inspection reports that the schools have received.


Top 10 Independent Schools in East Anglia


Regional rank School name Town A-level A*- B (%) GCSE A*/A/9/8/7 (%) 2017 national rank 2016 national rank
1 The Perse School Cambridge 96.9 89.5 14 24
2 Stephen Perse Foundation Senior School Cambridge 90.9 88.3 40 18
3 Norwich School Norwich 85.8 74.3 78 86
4 The Leys School Cambridge 81.8 71.6 96 171=
5 Chigwell School Chigwell 82.4 67.6 100 129=
6 Kimbolton School Huntingdon 79.8 57.8 158 266
7 Ipswich School Ipswich 77.4 59.1 166 176
8 Brentwood School Brentwood 75.3 58.1 181= 187
9 Ipswich High School for Girls Ipswich 67.8 70.3 192 257
10 Norwich High School GDST Norwich 75.1


It comes as no surprise to us to see that Essex schools have rated so highly in this particular guide. After all, here you will find some of the best schools in the entire UK. We hope that in a given time, the schools in Essex and East Anglia region will grow and grow in their success and climb even higher in the ranking for the UK as a whole.