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Tatler magazine names Hillview School for Girls in Tonbridge among top state secondary schools

By Claire McWethy

A Kent school has been named among the best state secondary schools in the UK by a national magazine.

Hillview School for Girls in Tonbridge, which has more than 1,200 pupils on its roll, received the commendation in a shortlist drawn up by Tatler.

The article, which picked out 20 high performing state schools, stated: “These sparky girls are infused with confidence by the time they leave. The zinging new sixth-form facilities, designed by the girls, are super-stylish. A-level results are looking good and most pupils swish off to their first choice of university.”

Hillview is a specialist school for performing arts
Hillview is a specialist school for performing arts

Last year 75% of A-level exams were graded A* to C, while 60% of Year 11s achieved a C or above in both GCSE English and maths.

The school, which is a specialist school for Performing Arts, was also praised for its sellout musical performances, and all-round distinctions for its students in their singing exams.

Headteacher at the Brionne Gardens school, Hilary Burkett, said: “Our inclusion in the top state schools review is a clear recognition of the hard work and talents of our staff and students. Hillview is a unique, incredible school, it’s wonderful for all members of the Hillview community to be acknowledged in this way.”

The article also named Skinners’ Kent Academy in Tunbridge Wells as one to watch, describing it as “a new school on a rapid rise with an outstanding head making a big difference.”

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