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Ilkley Grammar School ranked top comprehensive school in the north and in top 10 of all mixed comprehensive schools nationally

IGS Press Release – Monday November 27th 2017

We are absolutely thrilled to learn that following our record breaking A level and GCSE results this summer, Ilkley Grammar school has now been named in the Sunday Times Parent Power listings as the ‘top ranked comprehensive school in the North of England’.

This accolade tops off a truly amazing year for us at IGS, including our Outstanding Ofsted inspection in March. Not only are we ranked as the top comprehensive school in the north by the Sunday Times, but we also rank in the top 10 of all mixed comprehensive schools in the entire country.

Headteacher, Helen Williams said, “I am extremely proud of this latest achievement for Ilkley Grammar School. As always, this honour has come as the result of the tremendous hard work and effort of all of our students and staff over the last two years in particular, and it is an accomplishment that our school community will celebrate and relish together.”

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Record A Level Results for Ilkley Grammar School

Following Ilkley Grammar School’s Outstanding Ofsted inspection earlier this year, students and staff at IGS are celebrating once again today following the school’s best ever A Level results, with a fantastic overall pass rate of 100%.


An exceptional 16% of all grades achieved were at A*, which is double the national rate of 8%, with all other attainment measures also being the highest in the school’s history and some way above national measures. These include 44% of all grades achieved being at A*-A (18% above national), 77% at A*-B (24% above national) and 91% at A*-C (14% above national).


Helen Williams, Headteacher said, “These results are absolutely phenomenal, with so many of our students excelling themselves to achieve their very best. It’s been an absolute privilege to be at school this morning seeing so many happy faces of students, staff and parents alike and we are all very proud of IGS’s class of 2017! This is of course the result of immense hard work and effort from both students and staff over the past two years, and we wish all of our students the very best for their future lives and careers, including the many who now move on to university away from home.”

There were once again outstanding performances from a range of students, including Laura King who achieved 4A*s and an A, Milly Horn who achieved 4 A*s, Bethany Campbell who achieved 3A*s plus an A and Rebecca Hall, Rebecca Newell, Emma Rabbage, Nathan Spiller and Ethan Thompson who all achieved 3 A*s.

These record results have also meant another bumper year for students going to university and securing other successful next steps such as art college and gap years, with 5 students once again holding Oxbridge offers and a total of 92% of university applicants successfully being offered places so far today, including an impressive 76% (103 students) at first choice universities.  

Well done to everyone!

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GCSE Success for IGS!

Students and staff at Ilkley Grammar School are celebrating another set of impressive GCSE results following on from the superb record-breaking A-level results last week. Over 35% of all GCSE entries were achieved at A*-A/7 (15% above national), with a very impressive 87% at A*-C/4 (21% above national).

The excellent results include for the first time the new, more challenging GCSE examinations with numerical grades awarded from 9 to 1 in mathematics, English Language and English Literature.  Despite the more demanding nature of these new GCSEs, IGS students have risen to the national challenge; 35 entries were awarded at the very highest new ‘Grade 9’ standard and 42% of students in English and 34% in mathematics achieved top grades (defined nationally as grades 9-7). With the introduction of the new ‘strong pass’ at grade 5, designed to raise national standards in line with the highest performing countries, 81% of all students achieved this standard in English and 69% in mathematics.

This year’s national changes make direct comparisons with previous results difficult, but it is clear that IGS has consolidated its strong performance on many new and old government measures. 63% achieved the new strong pass in the basics measure of a grade 5+ in maths and English (86% achieved this at a ‘standard pass’ which is based on grade 4+) and the percentage achieving the old headline measure of 5A*-C/9-4 including English and maths was the highest in the school’s history at 84%.

22 students achieved a full sweep of A/A* grades or equivalent in all of their GCSE qualifications with many examples of phenomenal individual success.  Top performers include:

Joseph Haigh: 3 grade 9s, 6 A*grades and 1 A

Jasper Evans: 2 grade 9s, 8 A*grades and 1 A

Jamie Spiller: 1 grade 9, 1 grade 8, 7 A* grades and 1 grade 7

Matthew Hall: 1 grade 9, 2 grade 8s and 7 A* grades

Harvey Sykes: 1 grade 9, 2 grade 8s, 6 A* grades and 1 grade A

Esme Pearce: 2 grade 9s, 1 grade 7 and 6 A* grades

Nisha Cant: 1 grade 9, 1 grade 8, 5 A* grades and 2 grades at 7/A

With its comprehensive intake and emphasis on ‘Personal Best’, the school is equally proud of the large number of students who exceeded their targets across the curriculum. Many students are expected to achieve exceptionally positive ‘Progress 8’ scores which reflect their outstanding achievement in relation to students nationally with a similar academic profile. These include: Ceri Smith; Kai Wenek; Bea Waller; Sean Rose; Oscar Street; Ayman Siraj-Gill; Natasha Cheater; Laura Thompson; Isobel Tetley and Molly Settle.

Helen Williams, Headteacher said, “Once again we are all very proud of the achievements of our students, who never fail to impress. This year has been a particularly challenging one for this cohort to deal with, but once again IGS’s results have outstripped national on many measures, which is a fantastic achievement for all involved. It will be a few weeks yet before we know what our headline Progress 8 score will be, but given the outstanding raw results achieved by our students today, we are confident that this will be yet another strong outcome for IGS. Well done and thank you to everyone on today’s results – what a fantastic end to the year for the Class of 2017!”

Rounding off a highly successful year, record numbers are now expected to join the 6th Form to continue Post 16 study and the school looks forward to welcoming its Year 12 students on Tuesday 5th September.

See the articles about our record breaking results in the Illkey Gazette below:

GCSE Gazette article

A Level Gazette Article

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We are delighted to announce that Ilkley Grammar School is now officially judged as an ‘Outstanding’ school across the board, following our Ofsted Inspection back in March!

The school was visited by a team of 7 inspectors over 2 days at the end of March this year, who scrutinised all areas of the school’s practice and determined that Ilkley Grammar School “is an outstanding school”, with every aspect of the school’s provision judged to be ‘outstanding’. This includes: the effectiveness of leadership and management; the quality of teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare; outcomes for pupils and 16 to 19 programmes.

This outcome was only achieved because of the tremendous hard work and resilience of all of our staff and students at IGS and is the result of a huge effort by Team IGS!

A copy of the full report can be found on the school website here and you can read our Press Release here.

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PDFs of Headline can be viewed here:

pdf icon9 FEBRUARY 2018.pdf (18.4MB)

pdf icon26 JANUARY 2018.pdf (21.8MB)

pdf icon19 JANUARY 2018.pdf (19.2MB)

pdf icon12 JANUARY 2018.pdf (32.5MB)

pdf icon19 DECEMBER 2017.pdf (11MB)

pdf icon15 DECEMBER 2017.pdf (27.7MB)

pdf icon8th DECEMBER 2017.pdf (18.2MB)

pdf icon1 DECEMBER 2017.pdf (32.2MB)

pdf icon24 NOVEMBER 2017.pdf (22.6MB)

pdf icon17 NOVEMBER 2017.pdf (11.9MB)

pdf icon10 NOVEMBER 2017.pdf (19.7MB)

pdf icon3 NOVEMBER 2017.pdf (18.8MB)

pdf icon20 OCTOBER 2017.pdf (21.5MB)

pdf icon13 OCTOBER 2017.pdf (10.4MB)

pdf icon6 OCTOBER 2017.pdf (9.6MB)

pdf icon29th SEPTEMBER 2017.pdf (9.3MB)

pdf icon22 SEPTEMBER 2017.pdf (19MB)

pdf icon15 SEPTEMBER 2017.pdf (8.8MB)

pdf icon8 SEPTEMBER 2017.pdf (22.1MB)

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