Girls' Boarding Schools by A Levels and Pre U

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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 93.90 Wycombe Abbey School Boarding Girls 33,150 44,100
2 90.30 Woldingham School Both Girls 26,115 43,830
3 88.60 St Swithun's School Both Girls 29,880 38,340
4 88.00 St Mary's School - Ascot Both Girls    
5 85.00 Downe House School Both Girls 32,880 44,220
= 85.00 St Catherine's School, Bramley Both Girls    
7 84.30 Cheltenham Ladies' College Both Girls 31,950 46,950
8 83.00 Benenden School Boarding Girls 32,649 43,503
9 81.00 St Mary's School - Cambridge Both Girls 18,279 37,887
10 79.00 Mayfield School Both Girls 25,125 38,925
= 79.00 Badminton School Both Girls 18,300 42,540
12 78.00 St Francis' College Both Girls 19,200 36,180
= 78.00 Queen Margaret's School - York Both Girls 21,360 42,480
14 77.50 St George's School - Ascot Both Girls 25,185 40,050
15 77.20 Rye St Antony School Both Girls (Co-ed 3 - 11) 18,750 32,355
16 76.00 Headington School Both Girls 21,480 43,245
17 75.00 Malvern St James Girls' School Both Girls 20,715 44,520
18 74.80 Sherborne Girls Both Girls 26,676 41,682
19 73.30 Tudor Hall School Both Girls 25,200 41,850
20 72.50 Royal High School Both Girls 15,786 35,427
21 72.00 Queen Anne's School Both Girls 25,605 44,280
22 70.00 Moreton Hall School Both Girls (Co-ed 11 - 13) 32,640 39,660
23 69.00 Harrogate Ladies' College Both Girls 17,985 43,230
24 67.80 Queenswood School Both Girls 28,275 39,900
25 65.80 Monmouth School for Girls Both Girls (Co-ed 6th form) 17,679 36,387
26 65.00 Heathfield School - Ascot Both Girls 24,480 39,600
27 64.00 Royal Masonic School for Girls Both Girls 20,055 35,190
28 60.00 The Godolphin School Both Girls 24,615 43,170

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This table lists the Top Girls' Boarding Schools 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 and a minimum number of boarders.

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  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
  3. Exam results are not the only criteria by which to judge a school. The schools 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 school.
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