ST Augustine’s Catholic High School has been rated as the top secondary school in Worcestershire, according to The Real Schools Guide, 2018.
The document, produced by Birmingham Live, the website of the Birmingham Mail newspaper, aims to give a much more comprehensive picture of education in the West Midlands rather than traditional league tables.
As well as GCSE results and Attainment 8 scores it also takes into consideration 51 different points of information, including pupil-teacher ratios and absence rates.
Parents and students in Redditch and neighbouring Studley and Alcester are lucky in already having excellent schools with a cluster of ‘Outstanding’ ratings from Ofsted.
The Real Schools Guide, now in its sixth year, has been praised by ministers and education experts alike with former Liberal Democrat schools minister David Laws describing it as ‘public-service journalism in the best tradition’.
As with any league table there has to be a winner and in Worcestershire that is St Augustine’s in Stonepits Lane, a school with a consistently high records of achievement stretching over many years.
St Augustine’s Executive principal Tony Quinn said: “It was a lovely surprise when the school discovered it had come first in the annual Real School’s Guide for 2018.
“We are extremely proud for the students and staff who make it happen, the leaders and governors for their guidance and the parents and carers who support us.
“Also, it is a fantastic accolade for the town of Redditch.”
As well as the Redditch schools, other high performers in the Guide include Studley High School, Alcester Grammar, Alcester Academy, and St Benedicts, also in Alcester.