The staff and pupils of Hayesfield Girls’ School in Bath are celebrating being being rated as the top secondary school in Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) in a Department of Education performance table. The comprehensive girls’ school in Bath has gained a Progress 8 score of 0.7, rated as ‘well above average’, in the table which rated ‘Overall performance at the end of key stage 4 in 2017 – all pupils’, placing the school in the top 3% of schools nationally.

Headteacher, Emma Yates, commented, “Our school community has been on a journey over the last four years to constantly review and improve the educational experiences that our students receive. A consistent focus on marrying high quality teaching with developing the character of students has ensured that they gain the skills and attitudes needed to achieve examination success. We are very proud to see students of all abilities and backgrounds making exceptional progress at our school.’

Emma went on to explain that Hayesfield has a traditionally academic curriculum, which is personalised to ensure that students of all abilities can be successful. 43% of students achieved a strong pass in the English Baccalaureate measure, over double the national average of 20%. 86% of GCSE grades awarded across all subjects were at A*-C (or Grade 9-4) and over a third of all students gained 5 or more A*/A grades.