Keswick School named top comprehensive in west and north Cumbria

Keswick School has been named top comprehensive in west and north Cumbria in the school league tables published today. Over 75% of students achieved the nationally recognised measure of five or more A*-C grades including English and Maths. This places Keswick above every other non-selective or fee paying school in west and north Cumbria. The percentage of students who make expected progress is higher than that achieved by a local grammar school in both English and Maths. This follows an Ofsted inspection 11 months ago that graded the school as ‘outstanding’ in every category.


The achievement of the Sixth Form is just as impressive. The proportion of A-levels graded AAB or higher in 2 or 3 facilitating subjects (English, Maths, Science, Languages and Humanities) is the highest in Cumbria (for a comprehensive school). The average A-level point score per entry is 225.2 which places Keswick as the top comprehensive in west and north Cumbria. This follows the record six students who have just been offered places to study at Oxford and Cambridge universities.

The reputation of Keswick School continues to grow nationally with our recent inclusion in Ofsted’s annual report in December and entry in The Good Schools Guide. Parent and pupil nominations meant the school was recognised for the second year in a row as ‘Secondary School of the year in Cumbria’ at the CN Media Golden Apple education awards in October.

Simon Jackson, the Head teacher, said:

‘I’m delighted that the school league tables reflect the achievements of our talented and highly motivated students and dedicated staff. We aim to continue to build on this success and look forward to formally opening our £2.2 million Lairthwaite extension and performing arts theatre in March. We appreciate that other qualities are equally likely to lead to success later in life. It is the ability to seize opportunities, broaden horizons and develop into confident, responsible and distinctive young people that help our students stand out from the crowd.’