Top 100 Co-ed Boarding Schools by A Levels and Pre U

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2019 vs 2020 results

2020 pupil grades were derived from Centre Assessed Grades rather than examinations. As a result, significant GCSE and A-level grade inflation has been widely noted in private schools. Thus, we felt it would be extremely unfair to produce new 2020 league tables.

Instead, we have gathered 2020's scores and simply recorded them on the right-hand side of the table, retaining 2019’s league table positions and scores on the left. Further historical results are made available to our consultancy clients.

2019 Results

# A + A* % (2019) Name Day/Board Boy/Girl Day £ Board £ A + A* % (2020)
1 92.11 Oxford International College Both Co-ed 23,970 48,180 98.03
2 90.28 Cardiff Sixth Form College Both Co-ed 18,600 48,500 95.00
3 83.54 Westminster School Both Co-ed (Boys Only 13 - 16) 31,491 41,607
4 83.52 Concord College Both Co-ed 15,090 45,000 85.20
5 82.00 Ruthin School Both Co-ed 14,500 40,500 81.00
6 80.93 Brighton College Both Co-ed 25,770 50,880 85.00
7 73.46 St Michael's School - Llanelli Both Co-ed 12,963 29,900 77.10
8 71.23 Abbey College Cambridge Both Co-ed 24,440 53,650 83.00
9 66.92 Epsom College Both Co-ed 26,151 38,568
10 64.96 Charterhouse School Both Co-ed 33,630 40,695 61.00
11 63.85 Rugby School Both Co-ed 23,088 36,798 70.50
12 63.34 City of London Freemen's School Both Co-ed 19,194 32,985 79.00
13 62.80 Caterham School Both Co-ed 19,620 38,760 70.00
14 58.59 St Peter's School Both Co-ed 18,075 33,405 67.00
15 57.00 Wellington College Both Co-ed 30,375 41,580
= 57.00 Bromsgrove School Both Co-ed 17,085 38,220 59.00
17 54.83 Ardingly College Both Co-ed 23,985 37,800
18 54.02 Hurtwood House Both Co-ed 39,000 44,622 62.00
19 53.47 King's School - Canterbury Both Co-ed 27,495 38,955 57.80
20 52.16 Oundle School Both Co-ed 24,270 37,890 62.00
21 51.83 Chetham's School of Music Both Co-ed 25,821 35,697
22 51.66 The Leys School Both Co-ed 22,920 34,245
23 51.35 Marlborough College Both Co-ed 33,120 38,955 60.00
24 51.00 Kingsley School Both Co-ed 13,650 29,985 55.00
25 50.55 Shrewsbury School Both Co-ed 27,165 40,500 64.30
26 50.00 d'Overbroeck's Both Co-ed 24,300 44,400 65.00
27 48.68 Bishop's Stortford College Both Co-ed 20,908 34,552 60.00
28 48.33 The Purcell School Both Co-ed 24,093 32,184 63.00
29 48.01 New Hall School Both Co-ed 19,791 30,699 65.00
30 47.49 Canford School Both Co-ed 28,971 38,058
31 46.61 Clifton College Both Co-ed 26,355 40,575
32 45.75 Chigwell School Both Co-ed 18,885 32,985 59.00
33 45.34 St Edward's School - Oxford Both Co-ed 31,590 39,480 58.00
34 45.00 Uppingham School Both Co-ed 23,970 38,718 69.00
= 45.00 Strathallan School Both Co-ed 23,532 34,650 51.00
36 44.95 King's College Taunton Both Co-ed 23,070 34,170 43.50
37 44.43 Berkhamsted School Both Co-ed 21,420 34,275 53.50
38 44.30 Ipswich School Both Co-ed 16,326 32,625 61.00
39 44.05 Bellerbys College Brighton Both Co-ed 27,501 45,156
40 43.82 West Buckland School Both Co-ed 15,510 35,340 63.60
41 42.54 Truro School Both Co-ed 14,685 31,845 61.00
42 42.10 Monkton Senior School Both Co-ed 21,510 34,320 47.20
43 41.95 Bede's Senior School Both Co-ed 22,950 36,540 40.00
44 41.61 Royal Russell School Both Co-ed 19,311 38,169 41.90
45 41.40 Dauntsey's School Both Co-ed 19,650 37,575 50.70
46 40.38 Queen's College - Taunton Both Co-ed 19,095 39,345
47 39.63 Blundell's School Both Co-ed 23,085 36,960
48 39.47 Oakham School Both Co-ed 21,895 36,195 56.50
49 39.00 Cranleigh School Both Co-ed 32,370 39,330
50 38.82 Christ College Both Co-ed 19,389 32,166
51 37.50 Brentwood School Both Co-ed 20,097 39,381 45.50
52 37.34 Ashford School Both Co-ed 17,400 36,900 50.00
53 36.73 Taunton School Both Co-ed 20,070 37,380 36.00
54 36.34 Kimbolton School Both Co-ed 16,575 27,555
55 36.18 Ampleforth College Both Co-ed 25,374 36,486 48.00
56 36.00 Downside School Both Co-ed 19,926 35,046 58.00
57 35.53 Kent College - Canterbury Both Co-ed 18,864 35,628 52.00
58 35.21 Haileybury Both Co-ed 26,646 36,144 48.50
59 35.17 Mill Hill School Both Co-ed 21,987 35,067 49.30
60 35.11 Cambridge Tutors College Both Co-ed 15,900 39,990 56.00
61 35.04 Wellington School Both Co-ed 15,985 33,555 50.00
62 35.01 Denstone College Both Co-ed 16,434 30,867 52.00
63 34.67 St Edmund's College Both Co-ed 18,345 32,460 49.00
64 34.04 Repton School Both Co-ed 27,288 36,783 54.80
65 33.99 King's Bruton Both Co-ed 23,304 33,531 48.30
66 33.97 Wells Cathedral School Both Co-ed 19,458 32,565
67 33.92 Ratcliffe College Both Co-ed 16,614 32,004
68 33.90 King's Ely Both Co-ed 22,305 40,980 54.00
69 33.86 The Royal School - Dungannon Both Co-ed    
70 33.67 Prior Park College Both Co-ed 17,250 33,495 44.00
71 33.66 Stowe School Both Co-ed 20,892 38,091 43.90
72 33.00 Cheltenham College Both Co-ed 29,580 39,090 59.00
= 33.00 Kingswood School Both Co-ed 15,884 33,955 55.00
= 33.00 Bradfield College Both Co-ed 31,080 38,850
75 32.00 Sutton Valence School Both Co-ed 22,155 34,815
76 31.51 Woodhouse Grove School Both Co-ed 13,995 29,250
77 31.47 Bedales School Both Co-ed 29,235 37,200
78 31.15 Durham School Both Co-ed     40.00
79 31.08 Mount Kelly Both Co-ed 18,000 32,490 44.00
80 31.03 Kingham Hill School Both Co-ed 20,385 34,350
81 31.01 Leighton Park School Both Co-ed 22,860 38,295
82 31.00 Lord Wandsworth College Both Co-ed 24,975 35,520 51.00
83 30.98 Pocklington School Both Co-ed 15,057 29,346 49.60
84 30.71 King's School - Rochester Both Co-ed 20,190 33,015 34.00
85 30.49 Reddam House Both Co-ed 18,330 33,789 67.00
86 30.30 Bosworth Independent College Both Co-ed 13,500 31,920 53.00
87 29.63 Glenalmond College Both Co-ed 24,000 39,000
88 29.50 Trent College Both Co-ed 18,252 34,638 49.00
89 29.41 St Edmund's School Both Co-ed 21,660 37,599 45.00
90 29.37 Ipswich High School Both Co-ed (Diamond model 11 - 16) 15,750 34,650 47.80
91 29.33 Bethany School Both Co-ed 19,110 32,610 38.00
92 29.27 Rochester Independent College Both Co-ed 18,600 39,000
93 29.00 Gresham's School Both Co-ed 27,000 37,890 39.70
94 28.57 Malvern College Both Co-ed 26,553 41,142 45.00
95 28.18 Ashville College Both Co-ed    
96 28.00 St Joseph's College Both Co-ed 16,110 36,975 47.00
97 27.27 Plymouth College Both Co-ed 16,695 32,235
98 26.70 Royal Hospital School Both Co-ed 18,330 35,640 41.90
99 26.52 Oxford Sixth Form College (formerly Oxford Tutorial College) Both Co-ed    
100 26.00 Stonyhurst College Both Co-ed 20,550 37,350 48.20

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This table lists the Top 100 co-educational boarding schools in the UK based on 2019 A Level results. Rankings are based on the percentage of A Level entries awarded A* and A grades. Where students have been entered for Pre-U exams the tables include the percentage of Pre-U grades from D1-M1. To qualify for inclusion there must be a minimum of 20 students in the cohort and a minimum number of boarders. 

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Notes

  1. We make every effort to obtain results for every independent school, but there are sometimes a few gaps in our data, because the information is not freely available or because a school will not supply it. In most cases this applies to schools that would not appear in the top quartile of the table.
  2. Sometimes grades improve as a result of appeals or remarks and we may update the data periodically, as long it does not distort the results of schools which have not given us their remarks. We encourage all schools to supply corrections or additions by contacting us at info@educationadvisers.co.uk.
  3. Exam results are not the only criteria by which to judge a school. Most of the schools in this Top 100 table are very selective on their admissions. Be aware that your child may not necessarily thrive in a high pressure academic environment. Please contact us for advice on choosing the right school.
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