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Friday, 24 August, 2001, 10:00 GMT 11:00 UK
Results rise for private schools
Eton College
Results at independent schools like Eton have risen
A-level results for pupils at independent schools have increased - with more than a third of entries scoring A grades.

According to the Independent Schools Council, 36% of all A-level and old-style AS-level entries were awarded A grades - a rise of 1.7%.

That is nearly twice the national average of 18.6%.

The gap is not as wide at grade B, where the average for independent schools is 24.6%, compared with the national average of 19.3%.

The general secretary of the Independent Schools Council (ISC), Alistair Cooke, said: "These results show once again what excellent value students and parents get from ISC schools.

"In spite of the ever-increasing pressure on students, they and their schools have demonstrated the superlative standards the nation has come to expect of them."

League table

The top-performing schools in the independent sector are jostling for position in their A-level league table.

This year pupils at Westminster school in London came out on top.

Last year's winner - Winchester - is second.

Pupils at Westminster got the equivalent of more than three and a half A grades.

The head teacher of Westminster, Tristram Jones-Parry, said it had been a good year and that pupils had done very well.

"The particularly pleasing thing is that the bright ones have got good grades but virtually everyone has got good grades," he said.

Third in the league table is the girls school, London Collegiate, which pushed the London boys school, St Paul's, down to fourth place.

Eton College, which is attended by Prince Harry, is in 13th position - six places higher than last year.

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