AGGS Wins Northwest State Secondary School of The Decade Award
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1st December 2020

Altrincham Grammar School for Girls Wins The Sunday Times Northwest State Secondary School of The Decade Award

Altrincham Grammar School for Girls has been named The Sunday Times Northwest State Secondary School of the Decade by Parent Power, The Sunday Times Schools Guide, published in The Sunday Times and online this Sunday, November 29. 

The 28th edition of Parent Power identifies the 2,000 highest-achieving schools in the UK, ranked by their most recently published examination results. A fully searchable national database by school name, local authority, town and postcode, together with regional rankings are available to Times and Sunday Times subscribers at:

As well as assessment of all academic results on a school-by-school basis, Parent Power enables parents to compare the performance of a given school with other schools in the same town, local authority or nationally. There are also live links to school websites and schools’ most recent inspection reports. 

Parent Power is widely acknowledged as the most authoritative survey of the country’s best schools. The rankings in the secondary school league tables are determined by the percentage of examination entries gaining A* to B grades at A-level (which is given double weighting) and the percentage of entries graded 9, 8 and 7, at GCSE and iGCSE. 

Nick Rodrigues, the deputy editor of Parent Power, said: “Our State Secondary School of the Year in 2018, Altrincham Grammar School for Girls has been in The Sunday Times top 10 eight times in the past 10 years. It is the standout state school in the region with no rival beyond the boys’ grammar school down the road which has not once in that time finished ahead.”

“The quality of teaching is so high at Altrincham that the educators here train other teachers from across the region. This is a school that also cares about its pupil’s wellbeing, identifying vulnerabilities and ensuring girls get the appropriate support through counsellors and educational psychologists. Mindfulness is even embedded in the curriculum from years 7 to 10 so that pupils can learn to manage uncertainties and worries.

“Principal Stephanie Gill’s leadership of seven years has fostered a community of happy and liberated students who care for each other. We are bestowing the Northwest State Secondary School of the Decade award on Altrincham Grammar School for Girls not just for its academic achievement but because of it holistic approach to education which ensures the care of every pupil.’