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Sir Isaac tops Eton and Harrow in new league table

Published on 28/07/17

A new league table for high tech subjects has ranked Sir Isaac higher than Eton and Harrow

The rankings, put together by Government-backed campaign Your Choice, include Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form in the Top 50 schools nationally for science, technology, engineering, and maths - known as STEM subjects.

The table looks specifically at student performance in these areas, which are seen as providing vital skills for high tech industry.

Neither Eton nor Harrow - often seen as among the country's elite schools - make the top 100 of the list, with Prince William and Boris Johnson's alma mater languishing at 110.

Your Choice chair Edwina Dunn said: "Simply put schools are incentivised to reward grades rather than subjects, even though this is not what businesses need and not where the jobs will be in the future.”

“The challenge of Brexit is upon us and the clock is ticking if we want to have the workforce we need to compete in the world. 

"School performance measurements should more closely reflect the skill requirements of the UK economy and reward subject expertise in the most demand skills areas. I am calling for an urgent rethink of how schools are assessed to give greater weight to the subjects that open up the most career prospects.”

Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form was the country's first maths and specialist sixth form when it opened in September 2013, and its first students topped the Norfolk A Level tables when they collected their results in August 2015.

Principal Chris Jennings said: "This is fitting recognition of the really great results our students are achieving at Sir Isaac.

"Because we specialise in STEM subjects our students and staff can really support and push each other to learn and discover more, and build a really strong community.

"Together with the Norwich Research Park and Norwich Science Festival it puts the city and the country in a great position to create the scientists, engineers, and tech entrepreneurs of the future."