Pupils achieve places at the top

A HARROGATE sixth form is celebrating after statistics showed its pupils were bucking the trend for achieving places at top universities.

St Aidan’s and St John Fisher Sixth Form was the highest-ranked comprehensive in Yorkshire for the number of pupils being accepted to the 30 most selective universities in the UK, as part of the Sutton report.

St Aidan’s headteacher Dennis Richards said the argument that comprehensives did not encourage students was often “an excuse” used to defend the top universities’ admissions.

“At St Aidan’s and St John Fisher, obviously we believe our students have just as much right to attend elite universities and are equally qualified to do so when compared with students at Eton and other privileged schools,” he said.

The report showed 50.8 per cent of pupils at St Aidan’s and St John Fisher were accepted to the top 30 universities. Also making the top 100 in the country for admissions was Harrogate Grammar School, with 47.1 per cent of pupils achieving those places.