Independent 6th Form Colleges 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 71.23 Abbey College Cambridge Both Co-ed 25,175 55,285 83.00
3 50.00 d'Overbroeck's Both Co-ed 24,900 45,300 65.00
4 46.01 Brampton College Day Co-ed 21,385   69.80
5 44.44 Mander Portman Woodward - Cambridge Day Co-ed 24,990   54.00
6 44.05 Bellerbys College Brighton Both Co-ed 24,750 42,405
7 35.25 Mander Portman Woodward - London Day Co-ed 30,756   51.00
8 35.11 Cambridge Tutors College Both Co-ed 15,900 39,990 56.00
9 32.99 Mander Portman Woodward - Birmingham Day Co-ed 21,486   53.00
10 30.30 Bosworth Independent College Both Co-ed 13,500 35,500 53.00
11 26.52 Oxford Sixth Form College (formerly Oxford Tutorial College) Both Co-ed 25,575  
12 26.00 DLD College London Both Co-ed 24,670 57,330 50.00
13 16.06 Fine Arts College Hampstead Day Co-ed 23,460  

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This table lists the Top Private Sixth Form Colleges 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.

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  1. We make every effort to obtain results for every independent college, but there are sometimes a few gaps in our data, because the information is not freely available or because a college will not supply it. In most cases this applies to colleges 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 colleges which have not given us their remarks. We encourage all schools and colleges to supply corrections or additions by contacting us at
  3. Exam results are not the only criteria by which to judge a college. The colleges at the top of this 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 college.
  4. We make a substantial investment of time and effort in preparing these tables, and all copyright and database rights in the tables belong to us. Please respect this by not reproducing the tables or the information within them, in whole or in part, without our consent. If you wish to reproduce any of our tables or the information within them then please contact us for details.