Not to be outdone
It cannot, however, claim to be "the highest-achieving secondary modern in the country". That distinction is enjoyed by Upper Wharfedale school with 62 per cent of year 11 students achieving five or more GCSEs with grades A to C in 1995.
It is also worth commenting that Upper Wharfedale is a mixed secondary modern school and that in 1990 (when those students were 11) the selection rate locally was 35 per cent. I am sure that all those associated with Coombe Girls' school will appreciate that we too make sure "not to be second best"!
R J KENNEDY
Upper Wharfedale school