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The seven Bedfordshire schools named among the best in the UK in The Sunday Times 2020 Guide – Bedfordshire Live

Over half are state schools too
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Every year the Sunday Times produces a list of the UK's best state and independent schools.
The list ranks 1,600 schools based on their performance into an easy guide for parents to see if their local school is the best.
It's currently based on pre-pandemic exam results due to the cancellation of many exams over the pandemic.
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Bedfordshire saw seven schools gain a place on the list with three in Luton, one in Stewartby and three in Bedford, with over half of these state schools.
So here are the schools and where they ranked on the list.
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The state Kimberley Sixth Form College in Stewartby is the highest-ranking of all the Beds schools coming in at 21st on the list.
The specialist STEM college is part of Wootton Upper School and was rated 'good' by Ofsted in 2017.
In 2020, the college had a 14.9% rate for students getting AAB at A-level, with two of those being in facilitating subjects, the ones most wanted by universities, particularly Russell Group institutions.
Next for Bedfordshire is the private girls-only high school, Bedford Girls' School, that takes pupils aged seven to 18.
The school charges £4,695 per term for a place and offers both A-levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB).
IB is widely accepted by universities across the world and 59.3% of pupils who take it receive grade seven or six in their chosen subjects.
This small state junior school in Luton, which takes pupils aged seven to 11, is the next on the list for Bedfordshire.
Hillborough Junior School is based in Farley Hill, one of the most deprived areas in Luton, but this hasn't stopped the school from achieving.
Rated'outstanding' by Ofsted, the school has an average scaled score of 108 in reading and 112 for maths, with pupils expected to get 100 to 120 to meet age expectations.
Next on the list is another state school, Luton Sixth Form College, which offers A-level and vocational A-levels was rated 'good' in 2017 by Ofsted.
The college accepts pupils from all over Luton wishing to do A-levels, as nearly all the high schools in the area don't teach post-16.
A total of 7.6% of Luton Sixth Form pupils received AAB in two or more facilitating subjects.
Another private school to be featured on the list is Bedford Modern, which takes pupils from seven years old to sixth form.
The mixed school cost £4,814 per term for a high school-aged child and has incredibly high exam results.
A total of 80% of A-level pupils received A* to B, while 64.6% of pupils received GCSEs of A* to A or 9/8/7 grades.
Tennyson Road Primary School in the New Town area of Luton is one of the schools on the list for Bedfordshire.
This state primary school takes pupils aged four to 11 and has recently become an academy.
Prior to this, it received 'outstanding' in its last Ofsted report and its Key Stage Two pupils receive on average 110 for their reading and 109 for their maths scaled scores.
Finally in Bedfordshire is the private all-boys school, Bedford School, which takes pupils aged seven to sixth form age.
The school offers both a day option (£6,983 per term) and a boarding option at £11,419 – £11,810 per term.
It also offers both A-levels and the Internation Baccalaureate and 51.2% of boys receive IB grades of six and seven.

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