THE Grange has been named as one of the best independent high schools in the north west.

This is according to The Sunday Times, which has put together a list of the region’s top performing schools.

Entitled Parent Power, the guide identifies the 2,000 highest-achieving schools across the country based on their recent examination results.

The guide is recognised as the authoritative survey of schools, and it enables parents to compare a school’s performance against others on a local or national level.

The Grange was ranked as the fifth best independent secondary school in the north west and the 84th best in the country.

A total of 88.1 per cent of pupils last year achieved a grade between A* and B in their A-levels, while 65.9 per cent attained a GCSE grade of 9, 8 or 7.

This equates to an A* or an A in the old marking system.

Debbie Leonard, headteacher at The Grange, says that the school has been recognised in this way due to the hard work of both pupils and staff.

“To see The Grange move up into the top 100 independent schools in the country and top five in the north west is testament to all the hard work students put into their studies and the support from staff,” she said.

“We celebrated some fantastic results in the summer, and I am very proud with how our young people continue to achieve and go above and beyond.”

Withington Girl’s School in Manchester came out on top, followed by The Manchester Grammar School, Manchester High School for Girls and The King’s School in Chester.