MALMESBURY SCHOOL is the top school in Wiltshire for A level progress. And it is in the top 500 schools in England.

St John’s College in Marlborough was second in the Wiltshire running order, while Royal Wootton Bassett Academy came a close third in the A Level Progress data published by government.

The Department for Education publishes progress data for A-Level results each year, which shows the value added by a school to students from their GCSE performance.

“Our sixth form consistently produces excellent A-Level results and equips students to progress to a wide range of courses at many of the top universities or apprenticeship providers in the country,” said Malmesbury’s Executive Headteacher Tim Gilson.

“The progress measure reflects not only superb expert subject teaching but also the care and support given to all our students,”

Seventy two students - or 25 percent students who took A Levels at Malmesbury School achieved two A’s and a B or higher.

And the average grade for all students was B minus.

One hundred and seventy six students took A levels at St John’s which translates into 22.9 percent of them - or 144 students - getting two As and a B or higher, and again the average mark was B minus.

“We are delighted by the position that St John’s Marlborough has achieved in the recent post 16 exam league tables for Wiltshire. To be one of the top 5 schools is an outstanding achievement especially when you consider that two of those schools are either selective or fee paying. Students and staff work exceptionally hard here to try and secure the very best outcomes which will give them access to the strongest opportunities in life. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in turning out such amazing young people with such impressive results.” said Principal, Ian Tucker.

The Royal Wooton Bassett Academy got an average mark of C plus, with 15 percent of them picking up two As and a B.

Melksham Community School did ok with the average mark coming in at C plus with St Augustine’s College also averaging a C plus score, but with more students getting top A level results in subjects for university entry.

But Matravers School in Westbury did not fare so well with below average progress from their GCSE performances, with average marks of C minus and considered by Ofsted to need improvement.