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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 99.60 St Paul's Girls' School Day Girls 28,389   100.00
2 98.61 Westminster School Both Co-ed (Boys Only 13 - 16)    
3 97.60 Wycombe Abbey School Boarding Girls 30,945 41,250 98.70
4 97.27 Guildford High School for Girls Day Girls 18,540  
5 96.66 St Paul's School Both Boys 26,556 39,966
6 96.29 North London Collegiate School Day Girls 21,147  
7 96.12 Godolphin & Latymer School Day Girls 23,531   98.60
8 95.88 King's College School - Wimbledon Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 22,995   98.70
9 94.97 St Mary's School - Ascot Both Girls 30,465 42,780 98.00
10 94.62 City of London School for Boys Day Boys 19,995  
11 94.16 City of London School for Girls Day Girls 20,664  
12 93.93 Brighton College Both Co-ed 26,310 52,050 96.00
= 93.93 Perse Upper School Day Co-ed 18,525   97.00
14 93.45 Magdalen College School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 19,800   96.00
15 92.98 Eton College Boarding Boys   44,094 96.50
16 92.97 King Edward VI High School for Girls Day Girls    
17 92.52 Tonbridge School Both Boys 33,636 44,835 94.50
18 92.17 South Hampstead High School Day Girls 19,878   97.10
19 92.13 Haberdashers' Girls' School - Elstree Day Girls 20,070  
20 92.09 Latymer Upper School Day Co-ed 21,459   96.20
21 91.61 University College School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form)     95.90
22 91.53 James Allen's Girls' School Day Girls 19,845  
23 91.29 Wimbledon High School Day Girls 19,734   95.80
24 90.60 Hampton School Day Boys 21,900   94.80
25 90.30 Withington Girls School Day Girls 14,130  
= 90.30 Cheltenham Ladies' College Both Girls 30,390 44,790 97.20
27 90.21 Highgate School Day Co-ed 21,920   96.00
28 90.18 St Albans High School for Girls Day Girls 19,995   94.70
29 90.00 Lady Eleanor Holles School Day Girls 21,738  
= 90.00 Francis Holland School - Sloane Square Day Girls 22,140   89.00
31 89.75 Royal Grammar School - Guildford Day Boys 19,560   93.40
32 89.71 Trinity School - Croydon Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 19,100  
33 89.47 Notting Hill and Ealing High School Day Girls 19,590   93.89
34 88.94 Haberdashers' Boys' School - Elstree Day Boys 21,477  
35 88.87 Manchester Grammar School Day Boys 13,380  
36 88.41 Oxford High School GDST Day Girls    
37 88.10 Merchant Taylors' School Day Boys 22,280  
38 87.34 Kingston Grammar School Day Co-ed 21,135   90.90
39 87.07 Alleyn's School, Dulwich Day Co-ed 21,375  
40 87.00 Sevenoaks School Both Co-ed 28,413 43,353
41 86.95 Winchester College Boarding Boys   43,335 93.10
42 86.51 Abingdon School Both Boys 21,600 44,070 87.70
43 85.30 Eltham College Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 19,671   86.00
44 85.29 King Edward's School - Birmingham Day Boys 14,091  
45 85.24 St Helen's - Northwood Day Girls 19,421   90.30
46 84.95 Stephen Perse Foundation Day Co-ed (Diamond model 11 - 16) 17,850 39,370 89.00
47 84.81 Channing School Day Girls 21,720   89.10
48 84.38 Concord College Both Co-ed 15,600 47,500 88.40
49 84.18 St Helen and St Katharine Day Girls 17,985   97.00
50 83.94 Dulwich College Both Boys 21,672 45,234
51 83.77 Bancroft's School Day Co-ed 19,761  
52 83.54 Downe House School Both Girls 31,305 42,090 87.70
53 83.50 Hurstpierpoint College Day Co-ed 25,110   90.90
54 83.38 Royal Grammar School - Newcastle Day Co-ed 14,499  
55 83.05 St Catherine's School - Guildford Both Girls 19,775 32,865 91.00
56 83.04 Francis Holland School - Regent's Park Day Girls 21,450   86.00
57 83.00 Wellington College Both Co-ed 31,146 42,630
58 82.54 Radley College Boarding Boys   41,700
59 82.18 Putney High School Day Girls 19,827  
60 82.00 St Mary's School - Calne Both Girls 30,795 41,280 85.00
61 81.93 City of London Freemen's School Both Co-ed 21,525 36,993 91.00
62 81.71 Whitgift School Both Boys 21,240 41,550 88.10
63 81.30 St Albans School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form)     88.00
64 81.03 Palmers Green High School Day Girls    
65 80.91 St Swithun's School Both Girls 21,918 36,339 84.90
66 80.33 St John's College - Cardiff Day Co-ed 14,280  
67 79.66 Abbey School - Reading Day Girls 18,885  
68 79.51 St George's College Day Co-ed 21,750  
69 79.42 Oundle School Both Co-ed 25,185 39,315 84.00
70 79.35 Chigwell School Both Co-ed 19,485 33,975 83.00
71 78.14 Walthamstow Hall Day Girls 21,210   87.40
72 78.06 Loughborough High School Day Girls 14,205  
73 77.89 Caterham School Both Co-ed 20,625 41,130 80.00
74 77.69 Benenden School Boarding Girls   40,848 82.00
75 77.35 Badminton School Both Girls 17,430 40,500 85.10
76 77.08 Rugby School Both Co-ed 24,126 38,454 85.90
77 77.04 Queen's College - London Day Girls 20,685  
78 76.88 King Edward VI School Day Co-ed 17,631  
79 76.70 Headington School Both Girls 20,280 40,965 85.30
80 76.56 Burgess Hill Girls Both Girls (Co-ed 2 - 4) 20,850 36,750 83.00
81 76.03 St John's School - Leatherhead Day Co-ed 24,810  
82 76.00 Old Palace of John Whitgift School Day Girls 16,579  
83 75.85 Leicester Grammar School Day Co-ed 14,130  
84 74.80 Bishop's Stortford College Both Co-ed 21,096 35,835 79.00
85 74.70 St James Senior Girls' School Day Girls 21,480   72.00
86 74.13 Forest School - London Day Co-ed 20,940   83.00
87 73.84 Epsom College Both Co-ed 27,450 40,479
88 73.72 Sheffield High School GDST Day Girls 13,626  
89 73.69 Ibstock Place School Day Co-ed 22,350   83.40
90 73.62 Exeter School Day Co-ed 14,700   79.00
91 73.47 St Michael's School - Llanelli Both Co-ed 13,416 32,400 75.50
92 73.46 Howell's School Llandaff GDST Day Girls 14,529  
93 73.37 Northwood College Day Girls 18,630  
94 73.33 St Francis College Both Girls 18,450 28,800 73.00
95 73.21 Ladies' College Day Girls 11,565  
96 73.19 Croydon High School GDST Day Girls 17,631  
97 73.00 Reed's School Both Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 26,160 33,720 79.00
98 72.95 Manchester High School for Girls Day Girls 12,600  
99 72.92 Maynard School, Devon Day Girls 15,729  
100 72.73 Bablake & King Henry VIII School - Bablake Day Co-ed 12,660  

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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.
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