Academic Excellence

Academic and Personal Expectations

Academically, we have high expectations of the girls as well as helping to develop their confidence and self-belief. Many of the girls gain places at prestigious universities in the UK and overseas and go on to take up rewarding and satisfying careers. Most girls gain places at their first choice of university. The school’s philosophy is that the top grades should be seen as realistic targets within their reach. Girls are encouraged to set challenging goals, display independence of thought and judgement, and enjoy learning.

Pupils at Bruton Girls continue to achieve excellent A level and GCSE exam results

Bruton School for Girls has a long and proud tradition of academic excellence reflecting our commitment to providing a wide-ranging curriculum, taught in small classes, challenging the girls to raise their expectations, widen their horizons and aim for excellence. We are proud of our girls and their impressive results year on year in public exams and we encourage and celebrate success at all levels and in all fields. Whilst following the guidelines of the National Curriculum, we are not limited by it and our inspirational teachers encourage the girls to participate and engage in the learning process. Our girls combine academic, sporting, service, creative and social activities with a focus on participation and fun as well as excellence and achievement.

Our summer 2017 A Level results showed all of the following measures were higher than, or equal to, previous years. 

54% of all grades awarded were A*/A – the highest ever result by some considerable margin 
23% of students achieved straight As 
75% of all grades awarded were A*-B 
92% of all grades awarded were A*-C 


GCSE results in 2017 saw 97% of grades awarded at A*-C. Almost a quarter of grades scored the top mark of A* and 86% of grades were A*/B. We are very proud of the value we add to the expected outcomes for our girls, which puts us in the top 6% in the country.

In January 2017, data from the DfE confirmed that BSG was the top performing school across Somerset and Dorset for GCSE results (Attainment 8 Score, DfE data).  

In August 2017, Bruton School for Girls was ranked 4th nationally in the Telegraph's league table for smaller independent schools by A Level results.

What really sets us apart from other schools is our nurturing and inclusive environment and every student has a chance to shine, be it academically, in the arts or on the sports pitch. Our teachers are dynamic and make learning fun and accessible, while our girls are confident, caring and unpretentious young women.

Assessment and Reporting

Students take an internal mid-year test to monitor progress, with results being sent home to parents. At the end of the Autumn and Summer terms, detailed reports for each subject are sent to parents or guardians with a full review of progress and, where appropriate, advice is given for future subject choices. Grades are awarded for both effort and attainment in each subject.

Parents and guardians have the opportunity to discuss their daughter’s progress at regular Parents’ Evenings, with girls from Senior 3 upwards invited to attend as well.

Further Info
Leavers' Destinations PDF
“Girls’ schools create a culture of achievement.” NCGS
“Females especially do better academically in single-sex schools and colleges across a variety of cultures. Single-sex schools help to improve student achievement.” Dr Cornelius Riordan, Providence College, Research from Girls & Boys in School Together or Separate?