London Independent 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 97.90 St Paul's Girls' School Day Girls 29,880  
2 95.30 St Paul's School Both Boys 27,486 41,364
3 93.00 James Allen's Girls' School Day Girls 21,135  
4 92.00 Eltham College Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 22,230  
= 92.00 Putney High School Day Girls 21,639  
= 92.00 Alleyn's School, Dulwich Day Co-ed 22,860  
7 91.00 Highgate School Day Co-ed 23,520  
= 91.00 Channing School Day Girls 23,025  
9 90.30 Godolphin & Latymer School Day Girls    
10 87.70 University College School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 23,379  
11 85.00 St James Senior Girls' School Day Girls    
= 85.00 Francis Holland School - Regent's Park Day Girls 22,890  
= 85.00 St Augustine's Priory Day Girls 18,126  
14 84.00 Notting Hill and Ealing High School Day Girls 20,868  
15 82.00 City of London School for Girls Day Girls 21,894  
16 81.90 Latymer Upper School Day Co-ed 22,530  
17 80.00 St Dunstan's College Day Co-ed 19,926  
= 80.00 Francis Holland School - Sloane Square Day Girls 23,250  
19 78.70 Queen's College - London Day Girls 22,035  
20 78.00 Sydenham High School GDST Day Girls 18,732  
21 77.90 Streatham & Clapham High School GDST Day Girls 19,719  
22 75.70 Brampton College Day Co-ed 22,845  
23 75.40 Queen's Gate - Kensington Day Girls 23,580  
24 73.00 King Alfred School Day Co-ed 21,276  
25 72.00 Blackheath High School Day Girls 18,531  
= 72.00 Colfe's School Day Co-ed 19,125  
27 66.00 Mill Hill School Both Co-ed 23,910 39,810
= 66.00 Ashbourne College Day Co-ed 29,250  
29 65.00 North Bridge House Senior & Sixth Form Canonbury Day Co-ed 23,148  
30 64.50 St Benedict's School Day Co-ed 19,575  
31 62.00 Mander Portman Woodward - London Day Co-ed    
32 60.00 Forest School - London Day Co-ed 22,425  
33 57.00 Albemarle Independent College Day Co-ed 24,000  
34 56.00 DLD College London Both Co-ed 25,500 59,200
35 50.00 The Arts Educational School Day Co-ed 19,581  
36 44.00 David Game College Both Co-ed    

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This table lists independent senior schools in London 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 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. 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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