There were lots of celebrations at Elmfield School in Oldswinford, Stourbridge, where a whopping 89 per cent of final year students picked up five or more A*s to C grades.

Students at the school in Love Lane follow the internationally renowned Steiner Waldorf curriculum.

They don’t do SATs and they sit their GCSEs over a two-year-period rather than at the end of a two-year GCSE course.

The school says it does not believe in “hot-housing” youngsters to achieve top results.

Instead it believes in “prolonging childhood” and education is “age-appropriate” with regular homework not introduced until pupils are 11.

Dudley News 22.8.13