The Tatler Guide To The Best State Secondary Schools 2017

Pupils 1,389 boys and girls, aged 11-18

'People are queuing up to get their kids into Kingsbridge,' says an observer. If there were an award for the peachiest of school settings, it would go to Kingsbridge Community College,   just up the Kingsbridge Estuary from the holiday haven of Salcombe. Its pupils get a daily dose of good old sea air, and one has even been selected for the GB surfing squad. 'A modest catchment area but rather good results,' says an insider, and, yes, the results are rather good - record-breaking, in fact: 88 per cent of pupils achieved at least five A*-C grades in their GCSEs last year. Four clever clogs gained places at Oxbridge (the most yet), and a former pupil graduated from Oxford with a first in maths - what a role model. The school's online magazine, Abridged, won a fistful of prizes at the school media awards, and the debating team is rather nifty. 'The beachy lifestyle is reflected in the school and the pupils,' says a mother. And what a lovely lifestyle it is.