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2021 LEAGUE TABLES

Our League Tables show the highest performing independent schools in the UK based on the percentage of top grades awarded to students in 2021.

This year, students did not sit public examinations and grades were awarded by schools according to strictly controlled internal assessment criteria. Simply put, the grades were awarded by teachers. The latest grades based on actual examination results were awarded in 2019, of which we hold almost complete records which are available exclusively to our clients.

Whilst we are confident that the grades awarded in 2021 are a reflection of student achievement it is important to note that, in the case of a number of schools, the percentage of top grades varies considerably from the results obtained in previous years.

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2021 Results

# A + A* % Name Day/Board Boy/Girl Day £ Board £
1 98.00 Oxford International College Both Co-ed 25,167 50,589
2 97.90 St Paul's Girls' School Day Girls 28,389  
3 97.80 Cardiff Sixth Form College Both Co-ed 19,600 46,900
4 95.80 Winchester College Boarding Boys   43,335
5 95.30 St Paul's School Both Boys 26,556 39,966
6 95.00 Brighton College Both Co-ed 26,310 52,050
7 94.20 Manchester High School for Girls Day Girls 12,600  
8 94.00 Concord College Both Co-ed 15,600 47,500
9 93.90 Haberdashers' Boys' School - Elstree Day Boys 21,477  
= 93.90 Wycombe Abbey School Boarding Girls 30,945 41,250
11 93.00 James Allen's Girls' School Day Girls 19,845  
= 93.00 The National Mathematics and Science College Both Co-ed 18,600 45,900
13 92.90 Haberdashers' Girls' School - Elstree Day Girls 20,070  
14 92.10 Hampton School Day Boys 21,900  
15 92.00 Eltham College Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 19,671  
= 92.00 Putney High School Day Girls 19,827  
= 92.00 Alleyn's School, Dulwich Day Co-ed 21,375  
= 92.00 Lady Eleanor Holles School Day Girls 21,738  
19 91.00 Channing School Day Girls 21,720  
= 91.00 Highgate School Day Co-ed 21,920  
21 90.30 Woldingham School Both Girls 25,500 42,210
= 90.30 Godolphin & Latymer School Day Girls 23,531  
23 90.20 Withington Girls School Day Girls 14,130  
24 89.00 Reigate Grammar School Day Co-ed 20,625  
25 88.60 St Swithun's School Both Girls 21,918 36,339
26 88.10 Bancroft's School Day Co-ed 19,761  
27 88.00 St Mary's School - Ascot Both Girls 30,465 42,780
= 88.00 St John's College - Cardiff Day Co-ed 14,280  
29 87.70 University College School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 21,891  
30 87.10 St Albans High School for Girls Day Girls 19,995  
31 87.00 Immanuel College Day Co-ed 19,845  
= 87.00 Tonbridge School Both Boys 33,636 44,835
= 87.00 Northwood College for Girls Day Girls 18,630  
34 86.50 Merchant Taylors' School Day Boys 22,280  
35 86.40 Trinity School - Croydon Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 19,100  
36 86.00 Brighton Girls Day Girls 15,429  
= 86.00 Loughborough High School Day Girls 14,205  
38 85.10 Uppingham School Both Co-ed 24,450 39,492
39 85.00 St Catherine's School, Bramley Both Girls 19,775 32,865
= 85.00 St Augustine's Priory Day Girls 16,974  
= 85.00 St James Senior Girls' School Day Girls 21,480  
= 85.00 Francis Holland School - Regent's Park Day Girls 21,450  
= 85.00 Downe House School Both Girls 31,305 42,090
44 84.90 Radley College Boarding Boys   41,700
45 84.30 Derby High School Day Co-ed 13,890  
= 84.30 Cheltenham Ladies' College Both Girls 30,390 44,790
47 84.00 Kingston Grammar School Day Co-ed 21,135  
= 84.00 King Edward VI High School for Girls Day Girls    
= 84.00 St Albans School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form)    
= 84.00 Notting Hill and Ealing High School Day Girls 19,590  
51 83.50 St Helen's - Northwood Day Girls 19,421  
52 83.30 Rugby School Both Co-ed 24,126 38,454
53 83.20 Croydon High School GDST Day Girls 17,631  
54 83.00 King's High Warwick Day Girls 14,337  
= 83.00 Portsmouth High School Day Girls 14,400  
= 83.00 Caterham School Both Co-ed 20,625 41,130
= 83.00 Benenden School Boarding Girls   40,848
58 82.00 Bristol Grammar School Day Co-ed 15,477  
= 82.00 Whitgift School Both Boys 21,240 41,550
= 82.00 City of London School for Girls Day Girls 20,664  
= 82.00 Ardingly College Both Co-ed 25,185 39,312
62 81.90 Latymer Upper School Day Co-ed 21,459  
63 81.40 Old Palace of John Whitgift School Day Girls 16,579  
64 81.00 City of London Freemen's School - Senior Both Co-ed 21,525 36,993
= 81.00 St Mary's School - Cambridge Both Girls 17,373 36,007
= 81.00 Stephen Perse Foundation Day Co-ed (Diamond model 11 - 16) 17,850 39,370
67 80.20 Abingdon School Both Boys 21,600 44,070
= 80.20 King's School - Chester Day Co-ed 14,019  
= 80.20 St Michael's School - Llanelli Both Co-ed 13,416 32,400
70 80.10 Hurstpierpoint College Day Co-ed 25,110  
71 80.00 Bromley High School GDST Day Girls    
= 80.00 Kingham Hill School - Chipping Norton Both Co-ed 21,090 35,550
= 80.00 Wellington College Both Co-ed 31,140 42,630
= 80.00 Francis Holland School - Sloane Square Day Girls 22,140  
= 80.00 Sutton High School GDST Day Girls    
= 80.00 Our Lady Of Sion School Day Co-ed 14,190  
= 80.00 St Dunstan's College Day Co-ed 19,068  
= 80.00 Warwick School Both Boys 14,337 34,575
= 80.00 Greene's Tutorial College Day Co-ed 22,450  
= 80.00 The Queens School - Chester Day Girls 14,415  
81 79.70 St Helen and St Katharine Day Girls 17,985  
82 79.00 Badminton School Both Girls 17,430 40,500
= 79.00 Sheffield High School GDST Day Girls 13,626  
= 79.00 Tormead School Day Girls    
= 79.00 Mayfield School Both Girls 23,250 36,750
= 79.00 Bruton School For Girls Both Girls 18,696 34,524
87 78.80 Maynard School, Devon Day Girls 15,729  
88 78.70 Queen's College - London Day Girls 20,685  
89 78.60 Canford School Both Co-ed 29,985 39,390
90 78.40 Nottingham High School Day Co-ed 16,047  
91 78.00 St Francis' College Both Girls 18,450 34,770
= 78.00 Queen Margaret's School - York Both Girls 19,500 33,690
= 78.00 Sydenham High School GDST Day Girls    
= 78.00 Howell's School Llandaff GDST Day Girls 14,529  
95 77.90 Streatham & Clapham School GDST Day Girls    
96 77.80 Bolton School (Girls' Division) Day Girls 12,711  
97 77.50 St George's School - Ascot Both Girls 24,195 37,980
98 77.20 Rye St Antony School Both Girls (Co-ed 3 - 11) 17,055 29,415
99 77.00 Nottingham Girls' High School Day Girls 14,298  
= 77.00 Leicester High School for Girls Day Girls 13,020  

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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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