Warley school in high spirits after ranking in best independent schools list

PUBLISHED: 09:00 30 November 2013

Students from Ursuline Preparatory School, based in Warley

Students from Ursuline Preparatory School, based in Warley


Staff and students from a Warley school are celebrating after being recognised as one of the highest achieving independent schools in the country.

Ursuline Preparatory School, of Great Ropers Lane, has been ranked 24th in the Sunday Times Top 100 Preparatory Schools list.

It is the only school in East Anglia to have been included in the chart for 13 consecutive years.

Headteacher Pauline Wilson said: “I am absolutely delighted because we have been in the list every year since it started.

“We are non-selective, we don’t choose children because of academic ability, yet we still get good results and do really well at sport and music.

“We have some wonderful children.”

The list ranks schools by considering their Level Five Sats results over an average of three years. This year, 95 per cent of Ursuline’s pupils achieved a Level Five in maths, with 85 per cent gaining the grade in English.

Other academic highlights include a 100 per cent pass rate in 11 plus examinations and 23 scholarships for independent schools were awarded to Year Six pupils.

The school has also had a successful 2013 in sport, winning the district athletics and netball tournaments, the Brentwood district football league and the district swimming gala.

Four students also represented south-east England at the ISA (Independent Schools Association) National Swimming Gala.

Of the school’s secret to its success, Mrs Wilson said: “We have really committed staff, governors and trustees and the children work really hard at everything and enjoy it.”

The highest Ursuline has ranked in the independent schools list is 21st and the headteacher is hoping to do one better than this.

“I am aiming to get in the top 20,” she said. “To achieve this, I just think we will carry on with exactly what we are doing.”

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