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 19,600 46,900 95.00
3 83.54 Westminster School Both Co-ed (Boys Only 13 - 16)    
4 83.52 Concord College Both Co-ed 15,600 47,500 85.20
5 82.00 Ruthin School Both Co-ed 15,000 38,700 81.00
6 80.93 Brighton College Both Co-ed 26,310 52,050 85.00
7 73.46 St Michael's School - Llanelli Both Co-ed 13,416 32,400 77.10
8 71.23 Abbey College Cambridge Both Co-ed 25,175 55,285 83.00
9 66.92 Epsom College Both Co-ed 27,450 40,479
10 64.96 Charterhouse School Both Co-ed 34,218 41,406 61.00
11 63.85 Rugby School Both Co-ed 24,126 38,454 70.50
12 63.34 City of London Freemen's School Both Co-ed 21,525 36,993 79.00
13 62.80 Caterham School Both Co-ed 20,625 41,130 70.00
14 58.59 St Peter's School Both Co-ed 19,380 34,500 67.00
15 57.00 Wellington College Both Co-ed 31,146 42,630
= 57.00 Bromsgrove School Both Co-ed 17,940 40,155 59.00
17 54.83 Ardingly College Both Co-ed 25,185 39,312
18 54.02 Hurtwood House Both Co-ed 30,339 45,513 62.00
19 53.47 King's School - Canterbury Both Co-ed 27,900 39,855 57.80
20 52.16 Oundle School Both Co-ed 25,185 39,315 62.00
21 51.83 Chetham's School of Music Both Co-ed    
22 51.66 The Leys School Both Co-ed 23,835 35,610
23 51.35 Marlborough College Both Co-ed 33,950 39,930 60.00
24 51.00 Kingsley School Both Co-ed 13,860 32,280 55.00
25 50.55 Shrewsbury School Both Co-ed 27,840 41,520 64.30
26 50.00 d'Overbroeck's Both Co-ed 24,900 45,300 65.00
27 48.68 Bishop's Stortford College Both Co-ed 21,096 35,835 60.00
28 48.33 The Purcell School Both Co-ed 26,748 34,152 63.00
29 48.01 New Hall School Both Co-ed 20,502 32,472 65.00
30 47.49 Canford School Both Co-ed 29,985 39,390
31 46.61 Clifton College Both Co-ed 27,285 42,195
32 45.75 Chigwell School Both Co-ed 19,485 33,975 59.00
33 45.34 St Edward's School - Oxford Both Co-ed 32,382 40,467 58.00
34 45.00 Uppingham School Both Co-ed 24,450 39,492 69.00
= 45.00 Strathallan School Both Co-ed 24,474 36,036 51.00
36 44.95 King's College Taunton Both Co-ed 23,880 38,475 43.50
37 44.43 Berkhamsted School Both Co-ed 22,170 35,610 53.50
38 44.30 Ipswich School Both Co-ed 16,923 34,257 61.00
39 44.05 Bellerbys College Brighton Both Co-ed 24,750 42,405
40 43.82 West Buckland School Both Co-ed 16,455 37,500 63.60
41 42.54 Truro School Both Co-ed 14,985 32,475 61.00
42 42.10 Monkton Senior School Both Co-ed 22,315 35,600 47.20
43 41.95 Bede's Senior School Both Co-ed 23,565 37,515 40.00
44 41.61 Royal Russell School Both Co-ed 19,986 39,504 41.90
45 41.40 Dauntsey's School Both Co-ed 20,295 38,790 50.70
46 40.38 Queen's College - Taunton Both Co-ed 19,695 40,485
47 39.63 Blundell's School Both Co-ed 24,015 38,985
48 39.47 Oakham School Both Co-ed 22,830 37,800 56.50
49 39.00 Cranleigh School Both Co-ed 33,510 40,710
50 38.82 Christ College Both Co-ed 19,584 34,419
51 37.50 Brentwood School Both Co-ed 20,598 40,365 45.50
52 37.34 Ashford School Both Co-ed 18,294 38,778 50.00
53 36.73 Taunton School Both Co-ed 20,880 38,880 36.00
54 36.34 Kimbolton School Both Co-ed 17,175 28,560
55 36.18 Ampleforth College Both Co-ed 26,370 37,905 48.00
56 36.00 Downside School Both Co-ed 20,724 36,096 58.00
57 35.53 Kent College - Canterbury Both Co-ed 19,995 37,017 52.00
58 35.21 Haileybury Both Co-ed 27,435 37,215 48.50
59 35.17 Mill Hill School Both Co-ed 22,830 36,900 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 16,785 35,355 50.00
62 35.01 Denstone College Both Co-ed 17,253 32,409 52.00
63 34.67 St Edmund's College Both Co-ed 18,990 33,606 49.00
64 34.04 Repton School Both Co-ed 28,311 38,163 54.80
65 33.99 King's Bruton Both Co-ed 23,772 34,200 48.30
66 33.97 Wells Cathedral School Both Co-ed 20,442 34,212
67 33.92 Ratcliffe College Both Co-ed 17,345 33,412
68 33.90 King's Ely Both Co-ed 23,664 43,476 54.00
69 33.86 The Royal School - Dungannon Both Co-ed    
70 33.67 Prior Park College Both Co-ed 17,595 35,001 44.00
71 33.66 Stowe School Both Co-ed 21,903 38,853 43.90
72 33.00 Kingswood School Both Co-ed 16,413 35,376 55.00
= 33.00 Bradfield College Both Co-ed 32,280 40,350
= 33.00 Cheltenham College Both Co-ed 30,690 40,560 59.00
75 32.00 Sutton Valence School Both Co-ed 22,650 35,625
76 31.51 Woodhouse Grove School Both Co-ed 14,694 30,720
77 31.47 Bedales School Both Co-ed 29,970 38,130
78 31.15 Durham School Both Co-ed     40.00
79 31.08 Mount Kelly Both Co-ed 18,540 34,110 44.00
80 31.03 Kingham Hill School Both Co-ed 21,090 35,550
81 31.01 Leighton Park School Both Co-ed 24,660 40,455
82 31.00 Lord Wandsworth College Both Co-ed 25,890 36,840 51.00
83 30.98 Pocklington School Both Co-ed 16,389 30,081 49.60
84 30.71 King's School - Rochester Both Co-ed 20,700 33,840 34.00
85 30.49 Reddam House Both Co-ed     67.00
86 30.30 Bosworth Independent College Both Co-ed 13,500 35,500 53.00
87 29.63 Glenalmond College Both Co-ed 23,400 38,100
88 29.50 Trent College Both Co-ed 18,789 36,369 49.00
89 29.41 St Edmund's School Both Co-ed 22,200 38,538 45.00
90 29.37 Ipswich High School Both Co-ed (Diamond model 11 - 16) 16,285 36,380 47.80
91 29.33 Bethany School Both Co-ed 19,785 33,750 38.00
92 29.27 Rochester Independent College Both Co-ed 19,500 41,500
93 29.00 Gresham's School Both Co-ed 27,810 39,030 39.70
94 28.57 Malvern College Both Co-ed 27,084 41,145 45.00
95 28.18 Ashville College Both Co-ed    
96 28.00 St Joseph's College Both Co-ed 16,725 38,370 47.00
97 27.27 Plymouth College Both Co-ed 17,028 32,880
98 26.70 Royal Hospital School Both Co-ed 19,017 36,978 41.90
99 26.52 Oxford Sixth Form College (formerly Oxford Tutorial College) Both Co-ed 25,575  
100 26.00 Stonyhurst College Both Co-ed 21,750 39,300 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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