I was interested to read Estelle Maxwell's account of her visit to Coombe Girls' school (TES, March 1) and delighted to learn of the successes enjoyed by its pupils.
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