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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 27,831   100.00
2 98.61 Westminster School Both Co-ed (Boys Only 13 - 16) 31,491 41,607
3 97.60 Wycombe Abbey School Boarding Girls 30,270 40,350 98.70
4 97.27 Guildford High School for Girls Day Girls 17,733  
5 96.66 St Paul's School Both Boys 25,908 38,991
6 96.29 North London Collegiate School Day Girls 20,430  
7 96.12 Godolphin & Latymer School Day Girls 23,085   98.60
8 95.88 King's College School - Wimbledon Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 22,335   98.70
9 94.97 St Mary's School - Ascot Both Girls 29,010 40,740 98.00
10 94.62 City of London School for Boys Day Boys 18,939  
11 94.16 City of London School for Girls Day Girls    
12 93.93 Perse Upper School Day Co-ed 17,994   97.00
= 93.93 Brighton College Both Co-ed 25,770 50,880 96.00
14 93.45 Magdalen College School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 19,413   96.00
15 92.98 Eton College Boarding Boys   42,501 96.50
16 92.97 King Edward VI High School for Girls Day Girls    
17 92.52 Tonbridge School Both Boys 31,587 42,105 94.50
18 92.17 South Hampstead High School Day Girls 19,494   97.10
19 92.13 Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls Day Girls 19,311  
20 92.09 Latymer Upper School Day Co-ed 20,835   96.20
21 91.61 University College School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 21,090   95.90
22 91.53 James Allen's Girls' School Day Girls 18,801  
23 91.29 Wimbledon High School Day Girls 19,734   95.80
24 90.60 Hampton School Day Boys 20,745   94.80
25 90.30 Withington Girls School Day Girls 13,395  
= 90.30 Cheltenham Ladies' College Both Girls 29,280 43,170 97.20
27 90.21 Highgate School Day Co-ed 21,600   96.00
28 90.18 St Albans High School for Girls Day Girls 19,650   94.70
29 90.00 Francis Holland School - Sloane Square Day Girls 21,600   89.00
= 90.00 Lady Eleanor Holles School Day Girls    
31 89.75 Royal Grammar School - Guildford Day Boys 19,035   93.40
32 89.71 Trinity School - Croydon Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 18,233  
33 89.47 Notting Hill and Ealing High School Day Girls 19,212   93.89
34 88.94 Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, Elstree Day Boys 21,159  
35 88.87 Manchester Grammar School Day Boys 12,930  
36 88.41 Oxford High School GDST Day Girls    
37 88.10 Merchant Taylors' School Day Boys    
38 87.34 Kingston Grammar School Day Co-ed 20,120   90.90
39 87.07 Alleyn's School, Dulwich Day Co-ed 20,850  
40 87.00 Sevenoaks School Both Co-ed 27,585 42,084
41 86.95 Winchester College Boarding Boys   41,709 93.10
42 86.51 Abingdon School Both Boys 20,655 41,145 87.70
43 85.30 Eltham College Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 19,134   86.00
44 85.29 King Edward's School - Birmingham Day Boys    
45 85.24 St Helen's - Northwood Day Girls 18,321   90.30
46 84.95 Stephen Perse Foundation Day Co-ed (Diamond model 11 - 16) 17,490   89.00
47 84.81 Channing School Day Girls 21,300   89.10
48 84.38 Concord College Both Co-ed 15,090 45,000 88.40
49 84.18 St Helen and St Katharine Day Girls 17,275   97.00
50 83.94 Dulwich College Both Boys 21,246 44,346
51 83.77 Bancroft's School Day Co-ed 19,047  
52 83.54 Downe House School Both Girls 29,115 39,150 87.70
53 83.50 Hurstpierpoint College Day Co-ed 24,375   90.90
54 83.38 Royal Grammar School - Newcastle Day Co-ed    
55 83.05 St Catherine's School - Guildford Both Girls 18,885 31,125 91.00
56 83.04 Francis Holland School - Regent's Park Day Girls 20,700   86.00
57 83.00 Wellington College Both Co-ed 30,375 41,580
58 82.54 Radley College Boarding Boys   40,125
59 82.18 Putney High School Day Girls 19,827  
60 82.00 St Mary's School - Calne Both Girls 30,045 40,275 85.00
61 81.93 City of London Freemen's School Both Co-ed 19,194 32,985 91.00
62 81.71 Whitgift School Both Boys 20,641 40,141 88.10
63 81.30 St Albans School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 19,500   88.00
64 81.03 Palmers Green High School Day Girls    
65 80.91 St Swithun's School Both Girls 20,976 34,776 84.90
66 80.33 St John's College - Cardiff Day Co-ed 13,998  
67 79.66 Abbey School - Reading Day Girls 18,000  
68 79.51 St George's College Day Co-ed 20,505  
69 79.42 Oundle School Both Co-ed 24,270 37,890 84.00
70 79.35 Chigwell School Both Co-ed 18,885 32,985 83.00
71 78.14 Walthamstow Hall Day Girls 20,685   87.40
72 78.06 Loughborough High School Day Girls 13,560  
73 77.89 Caterham School Both Co-ed 19,620 38,760 80.00
74 77.69 Benenden School Boarding Girls   39,372 82.00
75 77.35 Badminton School Both Girls 16,836 38,985 85.10
76 77.08 Rugby School Both Co-ed 23,088 36,798 85.90
77 77.04 Queen's College - London Day Girls 19,938  
78 76.88 King Edward VI School Day Co-ed 17,130  
79 76.70 Headington School Both Girls 19,905 40,185 85.30
80 76.56 Burgess Hill Girls Both Girls (Co-ed 2 - 4) 19,800 35,550 83.00
81 76.03 St John's School - Leatherhead Day Co-ed 24,555  
82 76.00 Old Palace of John Whitgift School Day Girls    
83 75.85 Leicester Grammar School Day Co-ed    
84 74.80 Bishop's Stortford College Both Co-ed 20,908 34,552 79.00
85 74.70 St James Senior Girls' School Day Girls 20,880   72.00
86 74.13 Forest School - London Day Co-ed 19,755   83.00
87 73.84 Epsom College Both Co-ed 26,151 38,568
88 73.72 Sheffield High School GDST Day Girls 13,359  
89 73.69 Ibstock Place School Day Co-ed 21,735   83.40
90 73.62 Exeter School Day Co-ed 14,025   79.00
91 73.47 St Michael's School - Llanelli Both Co-ed 12,963 29,900 75.50
92 73.46 Howell's School Llandaff GDST Day Girls 14,529  
93 73.37 Northwood College Day Girls 17,226  
94 73.33 St Francis College Both Girls 18,240 34,350 73.00
95 73.21 Ladies' College Day Girls    
96 73.19 Croydon High School GDST Day Girls 17,289  
97 73.00 Reed's School Both Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 25,530 32,910 79.00
98 72.95 Manchester High School for Girls Day Girls 12,171  
99 72.92 Maynard School, Devon Day Girls    
100 72.73 Bablake School Day Co-ed    

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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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