11 Sep '13

News Guardian GCSE schools guide: six top schools in six subjects

Our guide lets you compare schools by subject in your area. Here are six top schools for different subjects in six cities

The Guardian GCSE schools guide enables parents, carers, teachers and school governors to easily search for schools offering particular subjects at year 11, and compare the levels of participation and results between schools within an area or local authority.

We've chosen six cities and six subjects and found which school comes top.


Best for English

Withington girls' school 98.7% A*-A

Independent school


Best for performing arts

Finham Park school 85% A*-A

Non-selective state school


Best for languages

Sutton Coldfield grammar school for girls 71% A*-A

Selective state school


Best for music

Sacred Heart high school 80% A*-A

Non-selective state school


Best for geography

Sheffield high school 95% A*-A

Independent school


Best for PE

St Mary's Catholic comprehensive school 69% A*-A

Non-selective state school

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