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Top 100 Independent Schools by A Level

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This table lists the Top 100 independent schools in the UK based on 2018 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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A + A* % Name Day/Board Boy/Girl Day £ Board £
1 89.88 St Paul's Girls' School Day Girls 24,891
2 88.92 Westminster School Both Co-ed (Boys Only 7-16) 29,709 39,252
3 88.68 Cardiff Sixth Form College Both Co-ed 16,600 42,750
4 86.44 Winchester College Boarding Boys 38,100
5 85.31 North London Collegiate School Day Girls 20,028
6 84.73 St Paul's School Both Boys 25,032 37,611
7 84.30 Wycombe Abbey School Boarding Girls 29,205 38,940
8 84.01 Magdalen College School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 18,477
9 83.54 Oxford International College Both Co-ed 21,000 42,000
= 83.54 Perse Upper School Day Co-ed 17,322
11 83.50 Guildford High School for Girls Day Girls 17,214
12 83.06 Brighton College Both Co-ed 24,420 44,460
13 82.35 City of London School for Girls Day Girls 18,384
14 81.43 Concord College Both Co-ed 14,280 39,900
15 81.07 Royal Grammar School - Guildford Day Boys 18,285
16 80.92 Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, Elstree Day Boys 20,346
17 80.21 James Allen's Girls' School Day Girls 17,991
18 80.12 Eton College Boarding Boys 40,668
19 78.63 King's College School - Wimbledon Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 21,600
20 76.77 King Edward VI High School for Girls Day Girls 12,888
21 76.17 Highgate School Day Co-ed 20,970
22 75.70 Alleyn's School, Dulwich Day Co-ed 19,851
23 75.00 Lady Eleanor Holles School Day Girls 20,196
24 74.17 Withington Girls School Day Girls 12,990
25 73.90 Manchester High School for Girls Day Girls 11,874
26 73.78 The School of St Helen and St Katharine Day Girls 16,470
27 72.60 Godolphin & Latymer School Day Girls 21,615
28 72.06 Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls Day Girls 18,393
29 71.79 St Mary's School - Ascot Both Girls 27,630 38,790
30 71.75 Wimbledon High School Day Girls 18,810
31 71.43 Merchant Taylors' School Day Boys 20,698
32 71.25 Ruthin School Both Co-ed 14,000 34,500
33 70.45 St Albans High School for Girls Day Girls 18,795
34 70.39 University College School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 20,328
35 70.05 South Hampstead High School Day Girls 18,654
36 69.95 Bancroft's School Day Co-ed 18,123
37 69.35 Reigate Grammar School Day Co-ed 18,720
38 69.34 Manchester Grammar School Day Boys 12,570
39 69.05 Putney High School Day Girls 18,900
40 68.74 Hampton School Day Boys 20,055
41 68.48 Tonbridge School Both Boys 30,342 40,446
42 68.44 City of London School for Boys Day Boys 17,901
43 67.20 Kingston Grammar School Day Co-ed 19,230
44 67.10 Cheltenham Ladies' College Both Girls 28,230 41,610
45 66.96 St Swithun's School Both Girls 20,565 33,600
46 66.94 Latymer Upper School Day Co-ed 20,130
47 66.78 Downe House School Both Girls 27,495 37,530
48 66.55 St Catherine's School - Guildford Both Girls 18,375 30,285
49 66.53 St Albans School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 18,600
50 65.58 Nottingham High School Day Co-ed 14,865
51 65.44 Notting Hill and Ealing High School Day Girls 18,561
52 65.00 Harrow School Boarding Boys 40,050
53 64.85 Abbey School - Reading Day Girls 17,040
54 64.17 St John's College - Cardiff Day Co-ed 14,400
55 64.12 City of London Freemen's School Both Co-ed 18,279 30,816
56 64.11 Oundle School Both Co-ed 23,505 36,690
57 64.09 Oxford High School GDST Day Girls 15,546
58 63.88 Trinity School - Croydon Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 17,448
59 63.83 Royal Grammar School - Newcastle Day Co-ed 13,164
60 63.37 Channing School Day Girls 19,410
61 63.24 King's High School for Girls Day Girls 12,975
62 63.19 Eltham College Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 17,775
63 62.62 Dulwich College Both Boys 20,448 42,681
64 62.21 Abingdon School Both Boys 19,950 39,750
65 62.00 Benenden School Boarding Girls 37,950
66 61.86 Shrewsbury School Both Co-ed 26,235 39,120
67 61.74 Marlborough College Both Co-ed 37,815
68 61.54 St Michael's School - Llanelli Both Co-ed 12,369 27,800
69 61.42 Farnborough Hill Day Girls 14,796
70 61.15 Woldingham School Both Girls 23,190 38,040
71 60.87 Rugby School Both Co-ed 22,437 35,760
72 60.68 King's School - Chester Day Co-ed 13,515
= 60.68 Radley College Boarding Boys 38,325
74 60.38 King Edward's School - Bath Day Co-ed 14,475
75 60.00 Wellington College Both Co-ed 29,040 39,750
76 59.68 Mayfield School Both Girls 21,000 33,900
77 59.34 Norwich School Day Co-ed 16,212
78 59.09 Truro High School Both Girls 13,896 28,182
79 59.06 Caterham School Both Co-ed 18,900 36,570
80 58.68 Exeter School Day Co-ed 13,230
81 58.33 Hurtwood House Both Co-ed 28,950 43,428
82 58.25 Chetham's School of Music Both Co-ed 25,068 33,999
83 58.22 Epsom College Both Co-ed 25,266 37,263
84 57.95 The Queens School - Chester Day Girls 13,341
85 57.69 Malvern St James Girls'School Both Girls 19,380 40,755
86 57.67 King's School - Canterbury Both Co-ed 27,495 37,455
87 57.00 St Mary's School - Calne Both Girls 29,025 38,925
88 56.39 Badminton School Both Girls 16,425 37,575
89 56.07 Francis Holland School - Regent's Park Day Girls 20,040
90 55.71 St Peter's School Both Co-ed 18,075 32,280
91 55.67 The Grange School Day Co-ed
92 55.59 Churcher's College Day Co-ed 15,420
93 55.51 Bristol Grammar School Day Co-ed 14,610
94 55.38 Burgess Hill Girls Both Girls (Co-ed 2 - 4) 18,900 32,400
95 55.26 Queen's Gate - Kensington Day Girls 20,550
96 55.08 Warwick School Both Boys 13,194 28,758
97 55.00 Lancing College Both Co-ed 24,570 35,985
98 54.80 Uppingham School Both Co-ed 26,313 37,590
99 54.76 St James Independent School For Senior Girls Day Girls 20,100
100 54.66 St George's College Day Co-ed 19,185

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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