A Wolverhampton primary school is again among the very best in the country, according to a prestigious schools guide.

St Bartholomew's CE Primary School in Penn has been ranked 163rd out of around 16,000 schools nationally in the 2022 Sunday Times Parent Power guide – up from 244th last year and 282nd the year before.

Also in the top 500 again this year are Wolverhampton Girls' High School, ranked 56th, up from 107th last year, Wolverhampton Grammar School in 223rd, up 22 places year on year, and Tettenhall College, which is 338th, up from 366th in 2021’s guide.  

The Parent Power guide ranks state and independent schools by their most recent moderated, pre-pandemic exam results, with all schools in the guide recording significantly above average attainment levels in both English and Maths.

Pupils at St Bartholomew's had an average reading score of 109 and maths score of 110 – a score of 100 represents the standard children are expected to achieve nationally.

St Bartholomew's Headteacher Rachael Kilmister said: “It’s a real honour to be named one of the top state schools in the country once again, and the fact that our overall ranking is based on three years’ data makes us even more proud of this achievement.

"This is down to the hard work and dedication of our staff, who have worked tirelessly to ensure our children are happy, successful and thriving in our wonderful school.”

St Bartholomew’s CE Multi Academy Trust CEO Katy Kent added: "The achievement of our children is testament both to their hard work and exceptional attitudes, and to the dedication of all staff to ensure that children can reach the highest standards that they are capable of. The support we receive from parents and carers is also crucial to this success.

"I look forward to all the schools in St Bartholomew’s CE Multi Academy Trust, including Woodfield Primary School in Penn, St Benedict Biscop CE Primary School in Wombourne, All Saints' CE Primary School in Trysull, Gnosall St Lawrence, Haughton St Giles and Woodseaves Primary in Stafford, achieving similar success in the very near future.”

Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "It is fantastic to see schools in Wolverhampton making it into the pages of the Sunday Times Parent Power guide again this year, and this is down to the hard work of their teachers, leadership teams, parents and pupils. 

"St Bartholomew's is rated Outstanding by Ofsted, and their excellence is borne out by their appearance in this prestigious guide. I would like to congratulate them – and the teams at the Girls' High School, Wolverhampton Grammar and Tettenhall College – on their continuing success."

He added: “As a council, we are working hard to raise educational standards in Wolverhampton still further and look forward to more local schools featuring in the guide in the future."

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