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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 85.35 St Paul's Girls' School Day Girls 28,389   92.40
4 83.54 Westminster School Both Co-ed (Boys Only 13 - 16)    
5 83.52 Concord College Both Co-ed 15,600 47,500 85.20
6 82.40 Magdalen College School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 19,800   86.00
7 82.14 St Paul's School Both Boys 26,556 39,966 89.00
8 82.00 Ruthin School Both Co-ed 15,000 38,700 81.00
9 81.51 Winchester College Boarding Boys   43,335 90.80
10 81.20 City of London School for Boys Day Boys 19,995  
11 80.93 Brighton College Both Co-ed 26,310 52,050 85.00
12 80.60 Wycombe Abbey School Boarding Girls 30,945 41,250 90.20
13 80.30 Eton College Boarding Boys   44,094 85.30
14 79.37 King's College School - Wimbledon Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 22,995   90.00
15 79.15 Perse Upper School Day Co-ed 18,525   91.00
16 78.41 Hampton School Day Boys 21,900   87.30
17 77.82 Godolphin & Latymer School Day Girls 23,531   88.50
18 77.67 Guildford High School for Girls Day Girls 18,540  
19 77.65 Oxford High School GDST Day Girls    
20 77.49 St Mary's School - Ascot Both Girls 30,465 42,780 87.00
21 77.14 City of London School for Girls Day Girls 20,664   86.90
22 76.53 Lady Eleanor Holles School Day Girls 21,738  
23 76.15 South Hampstead High School Day Girls 19,878   84.70
24 75.84 Haberdashers' Boys' School - Elstree Day Boys 21,477  
25 75.82 Highgate School Day Co-ed 21,920   86.80
26 75.28 Merchant Taylors' School Day Boys 22,280  
27 75.21 King Edward VI High School for Girls Day Girls    
28 74.89 University College School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form)     82.40
29 74.61 Manchester Grammar School Day Boys 13,380  
30 74.18 Haberdashers' Girls' School - Elstree Day Girls 20,070  
31 73.46 St Michael's School - Llanelli Both Co-ed 13,416 32,400 77.10
32 73.40 James Allen's Girls' School Day Girls 19,845  
33 72.46 North London Collegiate School Day Girls 21,147  
34 72.40 Cheltenham Ladies' College Both Girls 30,390 44,790 85.90
35 71.23 Abbey College Cambridge Both Co-ed 25,175 55,285 83.00
36 71.17 Withington Girls School Day Girls 14,130  
37 70.72 Latymer Upper School Day Co-ed 21,459   80.20
38 69.62 Wimbledon High School Day Girls 19,734   80.50
39 69.41 Abingdon School Both Boys 21,600 44,070 69.40
40 69.22 Tonbridge School Both Boys 33,636 44,835 73.10
41 69.10 Manchester High School for Girls Day Girls 12,600  
42 68.45 Eltham College Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 19,671   85.60
43 68.06 Alleyn's School, Dulwich Day Co-ed 21,375  
44 67.77 Putney High School Day Girls 19,827  
45 67.68 St Albans High School for Girls Day Girls 19,995   79.20
46 67.54 Channing School Day Girls 21,720   78.40
47 67.12 Royal Grammar School - Guildford Day Boys 19,560   81.30
48 67.09 St Gabriel's School Day Girls (Co-ed 3 - 7) 18,975   70.00
49 66.92 Epsom College Both Co-ed 27,450 40,479
50 66.30 Kingston Grammar School Day Co-ed 21,135   74.80
51 66.00 Reigate Grammar School Day Co-ed 20,625  
52 65.81 St Helen and St Katharine Day Girls 17,985   83.60
53 65.77 Bancroft's School Day Co-ed 19,761  
54 65.28 King's School - Chester Day Co-ed 14,019   70.00
55 64.96 Charterhouse School Both Co-ed 34,218 41,406 61.00
56 64.31 Downe House School Both Girls 31,305 42,090 84.80
57 64.17 St Catherine's School - Guildford Both Girls 19,775 32,865 75.40
58 64.00 St Mary's School - Calne Both Girls 30,795 41,280 69.00
59 63.85 Dulwich College Both Boys 21,672 45,234
= 63.85 Rugby School Both Co-ed 24,126 38,454 70.50
61 63.82 Stephen Perse Foundation Day Co-ed (Diamond model 11 - 16) 17,850 39,370 61.00
62 63.34 City of London Freemen's School Both Co-ed 21,525 36,993 79.00
63 62.80 Caterham School Both Co-ed 20,625 41,130 70.00
64 62.40 St John's College - Cardiff Day Co-ed 14,280  
65 62.33 Immanuel College Day Co-ed 19,845   78.00
66 62.13 Whitgift School Both Boys 21,240 41,550 75.30
67 61.76 The Grange School Day Co-ed 12,030   72.80
68 61.40 Churcher's College Day Co-ed 16,440   70.90
69 61.29 Trinity School - Croydon Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 19,100  
70 60.61 King Edward's School - Bath Day Co-ed 15,495  
71 60.28 Maynard School, Devon Day Girls 15,729  
72 59.45 Royal Grammar School - Newcastle Day Co-ed 14,499  
73 59.30 Norwich School Day Co-ed 17,970  
74 59.09 St Swithun's School Both Girls 21,918 36,339 82.30
75 58.79 Radley College Boarding Boys   41,700 67.00
76 58.59 St Peter's School Both Co-ed 19,380 34,500 67.00
77 58.39 Surbiton High School Day Girls (Co-ed 4 - 11) 19,290  
78 58.21 Farnborough Hill Day Girls 15,759  
79 58.12 Ibstock Place School Day Co-ed 22,350   68.40
80 58.05 St Albans School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form)     72.00
81 57.00 Bromsgrove School Both Co-ed 17,940 40,155 59.00
= 57.00 Sydenham High School GDST Day Girls     64.80
= 57.00 Wellington College Both Co-ed 31,146 42,630
84 56.19 Queen Elizabeths Hospital Day Boys 15,300  
85 55.88 St James Senior Girls' School Day Girls 21,480   63.00
86 55.73 Notting Hill and Ealing High School Day Girls 19,590   71.11
87 55.22 Nottingham High School Day Co-ed 16,047  
88 55.18 Yarm School Day Co-ed     63.20
89 55.03 Mayfield School Both Girls 23,250 36,750 75.00
90 54.83 Ardingly College Both Co-ed 25,185 39,312
91 54.80 Roedean School Both Girls 23,490 46,665 79.20
92 54.07 The Queens School - Chester Day Girls 14,415  
93 54.04 Badminton School Both Girls 17,430 40,500 67.00
94 54.02 Hurtwood House Both Co-ed 30,339 45,513 62.00
95 53.80 Francis Holland School - Regent's Park Day Girls 21,450   63.50
96 53.57 Walthamstow Hall Day Girls 21,210   59.00
97 53.47 King's School - Canterbury Both Co-ed 27,900 39,855 57.80
98 53.08 Exeter School Day Co-ed 14,700   61.00
99 52.97 St George's College Day Co-ed 21,750  
100 52.21 Rougemont School Day Co-ed 14,100  

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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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