August 2016 Press Coverage
August press coverage ranged from reports about the status of independent schools and their fees, to advice pieces and, finally, towards the end of the month, reports following the release of the 2016 A level examination results.
The majority of reports on A level results focused on the percentage of independent school pupils who achieved the A * / A grade, which is almost double that of the national average. All papers highlighted that the top A * and A results are down slightly on previous years. But despite this the 2016 A level exam results data which is collected and released by ISC was presented relatively positively.
The month began with a sensationalist piece from the Telegraph saying that private schools were ‘at risk’, despite stating that numbers of children in ISC schools continues to rise. Tatler magazine featured an article on the ‘end of monster school fees’ which drew attention to a number of school bursaries as well as partnership work taking place between state and independent schools across the UK. The Telegraph quoted Julie Robinson in two separate articles, one an advice piece following A level results and the second a comment about the strength of the BTEC qualification. Barnaby Lenon was also quoted in the Times, ahead of A level results, where he stated pupils should not put undue pressure on themselves to achieve top grades.