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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 85.35 St Paul's Girls' School Day Girls 27,831   92.40
4 83.54 Westminster School Both Co-ed (Boys Only 13 - 16) 31,491 41,607
5 83.52 Concord College Both Co-ed 15,090 45,000 85.20
6 82.40 Magdalen College School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 19,413   86.00
7 82.14 St Paul's School Both Boys 25,908 38,991 89.00
8 82.00 Ruthin School Both Co-ed 14,500 40,500 81.00
9 81.51 Winchester College Boarding Boys   41,709 90.80
10 81.20 City of London School for Boys Day Boys 18,939  
11 80.93 Brighton College Both Co-ed 25,770 50,880 85.00
12 80.60 Wycombe Abbey School Boarding Girls 30,270 40,350 90.20
13 80.30 Eton College Boarding Boys   42,501 85.30
14 79.37 King's College School - Wimbledon Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 22,335   90.00
15 79.15 Perse Upper School Day Co-ed 17,994   91.00
16 78.41 Hampton School Day Boys 20,745   87.30
17 77.82 Godolphin & Latymer School Day Girls 23,085   88.50
18 77.67 Guildford High School for Girls Day Girls 17,733  
19 77.65 Oxford High School GDST Day Girls    
20 77.49 St Mary's School - Ascot Both Girls 29,010 40,740 87.00
21 77.14 City of London School for Girls Day Girls     82.00
22 76.53 Lady Eleanor Holles School Day Girls    
23 76.15 South Hampstead High School Day Girls 19,494   84.70
24 75.84 Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, Elstree Day Boys 21,159  
25 75.82 Highgate School Day Co-ed 21,600   86.80
26 75.28 Merchant Taylors' School Day Boys    
27 75.21 King Edward VI High School for Girls Day Girls    
28 74.89 University College School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 21,090   82.40
29 74.61 Manchester Grammar School Day Boys 12,930  
30 74.18 Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls Day Girls 19,311  
31 73.46 St Michael's School - Llanelli Both Co-ed 12,963 29,900 77.10
32 73.40 James Allen's Girls' School Day Girls 18,801  
33 72.46 North London Collegiate School Day Girls 20,430  
34 72.40 Cheltenham Ladies' College Both Girls 29,280 43,170 85.90
35 71.23 Abbey College Cambridge Both Co-ed 24,440 53,650 83.00
36 71.17 Withington Girls School Day Girls 13,395  
37 70.72 Latymer Upper School Day Co-ed 20,835   80.20
38 69.62 Wimbledon High School Day Girls 19,734   80.50
39 69.41 Abingdon School Both Boys 20,655 41,145 69.40
40 69.22 Tonbridge School Both Boys 31,587 42,105 73.10
41 69.10 Manchester High School for Girls Day Girls 12,171  
42 68.45 Eltham College Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 19,134   85.60
43 68.06 Alleyn's School, Dulwich Day Co-ed 20,850  
44 67.77 Putney High School Day Girls 19,827  
45 67.68 St Albans High School for Girls Day Girls 19,650   79.20
46 67.54 Channing School Day Girls 21,300   78.40
47 67.12 Royal Grammar School - Guildford Day Boys 19,035   81.30
48 67.09 St Gabriel's School Day Girls (Co-ed 3 - 7) 17,931   70.00
49 66.92 Epsom College Both Co-ed 26,151 38,568
50 66.30 Kingston Grammar School Day Co-ed 20,120   74.80
51 66.00 Reigate Grammar School Day Co-ed 19,980  
52 65.81 St Helen and St Katharine Day Girls 17,275   83.60
53 65.77 Bancroft's School Day Co-ed 19,047  
54 65.28 King's School - Chester Day Co-ed 13,770   70.00
55 64.96 Charterhouse School Both Co-ed 33,630 40,695 61.00
56 64.31 Downe House School Both Girls 29,115 39,150 84.80
57 64.17 St Catherine's School - Guildford Both Girls 18,885 31,125 75.40
58 64.00 St Mary's School - Calne Both Girls 30,045 40,275 69.00
59 63.85 Dulwich College Both Boys 21,246 44,346
= 63.85 Rugby School Both Co-ed 23,088 36,798 70.50
61 63.82 Stephen Perse Foundation Day Co-ed (Diamond model 11 - 16) 17,490   61.00
62 63.34 City of London Freemen's School Both Co-ed 19,194 32,985 79.00
63 62.80 Caterham School Both Co-ed 19,620 38,760 70.00
64 62.40 St John's College - Cardiff Day Co-ed 13,998  
65 62.33 Immanuel College Day Co-ed 18,900   78.00
66 62.13 Whitgift School Both Boys 20,641 40,141 75.30
67 61.76 The Grange School Day Co-ed 11,850   72.80
68 61.40 Churcher's College Day Co-ed 16,035   70.90
69 61.29 Trinity School - Croydon Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 18,233  
70 60.61 King Edward's School - Bath Day Co-ed 15,060  
71 60.28 Maynard School, Devon Day Girls    
72 59.45 Royal Grammar School - Newcastle Day Co-ed    
73 59.30 Norwich School Day Co-ed 16,941  
74 59.09 St Swithun's School Both Girls 20,976 34,776 82.30
75 58.79 Radley College Boarding Boys   40,125 67.00
76 58.59 St Peter's School Both Co-ed 18,075 33,405 67.00
77 58.39 Surbiton High School Day Girls (Co-ed 4 - 11) 18,555  
78 58.21 Farnborough Hill Day Girls 15,375  
79 58.12 Ibstock Place School Day Co-ed 21,735   68.40
80 58.05 St Albans School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 19,500   72.00
81 57.00 Sydenham High School GDST Day Girls 17,325   64.80
= 57.00 Wellington College Both Co-ed 30,375 41,580
= 57.00 Bromsgrove School Both Co-ed 17,085 38,220 59.00
84 56.19 Queen Elizabeths Hospital Day Boys    
85 55.88 St James Senior Girls' School Day Girls 20,880   63.00
86 55.73 Notting Hill and Ealing High School Day Girls 19,212   71.11
87 55.22 Nottingham High School Day Co-ed 15,444  
88 55.18 Yarm School Day Co-ed 13,728   63.20
89 55.03 Mayfield School Both Girls 21,840 35,250 75.00
90 54.83 Ardingly College Both Co-ed 23,985 37,800
91 54.80 Roedean School Both Girls 22,245 39,915 79.20
92 54.07 The Queens School - Chester Day Girls    
93 54.04 Badminton School Both Girls 16,836 38,985 67.00
94 54.02 Hurtwood House Both Co-ed 39,000 44,622 62.00
95 53.80 Francis Holland School - Regent's Park Day Girls 20,700   63.50
96 53.57 Walthamstow Hall Day Girls 20,685   59.00
97 53.47 King's School - Canterbury Both Co-ed 27,495 38,955 57.80
98 53.08 Exeter School Day Co-ed 14,025   61.00
99 52.97 St George's College Day Co-ed 20,505  
100 52.21 Rougemont School Day Co-ed    

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This table lists the Top 100 independent schools in the UK based on 2019 GCSE and IGCSE results. Rankings are based on the percentage of GCSE/IGCSE entries awarded 9-7 or A* and A grades.To qualify for inclusion there must be a minimum of 20 students in the cohort.

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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. 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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