A girls’ secondary school in Beaconsfield has been named the top in the county in a new Sunday Times supplement.

Beaconsfield High School is the top secondary state school in Bucks, according to The Sunday Times’ Parent Power supplement.

The school said a combination of grades from the 2017 A-Level and GCSE results placed it 37th in the country, rising 22 places in the annual rankings.

It reportedly outranked all other girls’ and boys’ grammar schools, including those that have previously been placed higher in the rankings.

Spokesman Amy Thompson said: “Strategic focus on teaching and learning, a dynamic, diverse and inclusive environment and an ethos of discovering and developing individual talent have all contributed to the students achieving record grades. 

“Head teacher Rachel Smith, who began with the school in April 2015, has spearheaded this approach, with the core value that happy students are successful students.”

The school achieved 83 per cent A*-B grades at A-Level – the highest in the country – and 64.9 per cent A*/A/9/8/7 at GCSE.

Sixth Form students also created history, achieving 52.3% A-A* grades – the highest the school has received in its 50 year history and, despite reforms to most A-Levels, a six per cent increase on 2016 results.

Mrs Smith said: “To have ranked so highly in the national tables is such a fantastic outcome after a long period of change and evolution at the school. 

“Our remarkable teaching staff, coupled with innovative approaches and enriched learning experiences, has seen the school improve year on year. 

“I’m excited to see what the future brings, as we continue to strive to provide a varied, rounded, challenging and rewarding education for every single student.”