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QEGS ranked the top school in Cumbria

Paul Buckland with QEGS sixth form students

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith has been ranked as the top school in Cumbria in the recently published secondary school league tables.

QEGS students who sat GCSE’s in June 2018 achieved on average more than one quarter of a grade higher than expected. Over 80% of QEGS students who took A-levels last year went on to take up places at top universities, including five students to Oxbridge.

Head teacher, Mr Paul Buckland, said: “I am incredibly proud of the achievements of our students, both academically and personally. This has enabled them to go on to the next steps in their education with a great foundation. At QEGS we are always looking for ways to improve. We have recently improved our facilities by opening the new Colin Birnie teaching block. Our dedicated teaching staff are constantly reflecting on ways to support and communicate with students to enable them all to do their very best. And our new-look entrance test is designed to be coaching-proof, to open the school up even more to students from all backgrounds and encourage social mobility.”

An open evening for prospective 6th form students will take place on Tuesday 5th February, from 5.00-7.30pm. Tours of the school for year 5 students for September 2020 entry are on offer between Monday 25th February and Tuesday 5th March. Tour booking forms are available from the school’s website at

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