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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 29,880  
3 97.80 Cardiff Sixth Form College Both Co-ed 20,600 49,300
4 95.80 Winchester College Boarding Boys 33,990 45,936
5 95.30 St Paul's School Both Boys 27,486 41,364
6 95.00 Brighton College Both Co-ed 27,840 56,760
7 94.20 Manchester High School for Girls Day Girls    
8 94.00 Concord College Both Co-ed 16,200 48,900
9 93.90 Wycombe Abbey School Boarding Girls 33,150 44,100
= 93.90 Haberdashers' Boys' School - Elstree Day Boys 22,659  
11 93.00 The National Mathematics and Science College Both Co-ed 13,500 47,997
= 93.00 James Allen's Girls' School Day Girls 21,135  
13 92.90 Haberdashers' Girls' School - Elstree Day Girls 21,636  
14 92.10 Hampton School Day Boys 22,890  
15 92.00 Eltham College Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 22,230  
= 92.00 Putney High School Day Girls 21,639  
= 92.00 Lady Eleanor Holles School Day Girls 22,716  
= 92.00 Alleyn's School, Dulwich Day Co-ed 22,860  
19 91.00 Highgate School Day Co-ed 23,520  
= 91.00 Channing School Day Girls 23,025  
21 90.30 Woldingham School Both Girls 26,115 43,830
= 90.30 Godolphin & Latymer School Day Girls    
23 90.20 Withington Girls School Day Girls 14,622  
24 89.00 Reigate Grammar School Day Co-ed 21,585  
25 88.60 St Swithun's School Both Girls 29,880 38,340
26 88.10 Bancroft's School Day Co-ed 20,748  
27 88.00 St John's College - Cardiff Day Co-ed 14,850  
= 88.00 St Mary's School - Ascot Both Girls    
29 87.70 University College School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 23,379  
30 87.10 St Albans High School for Girls Day Girls 20,745  
31 87.00 Immanuel College Day Co-ed 21,036  
= 87.00 Northwood College for Girls Day Girls 19,641  
= 87.00 Tonbridge School Both Boys 35,067 46,740
34 86.50 Merchant Taylors' School Day Boys 23,600  
35 86.40 Trinity School - Croydon Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 20,437  
36 86.00 Brighton Girls Day Girls 16,203  
= 86.00 Loughborough High School Day Girls 14,970  
38 85.10 Uppingham School Both Co-ed 26,406 41,955
39 85.00 St Catherine's School, Bramley Both Girls    
= 85.00 Downe House School Both Girls 32,880 44,220
= 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  
44 84.90 Radley College Boarding Boys   44,550
45 84.30 Derby High School Day Co-ed 14,430  
= 84.30 Cheltenham Ladies' College Both Girls 31,950 46,950
47 84.00 Notting Hill and Ealing High School Day Girls 20,868  
= 84.00 Kingston Grammar School Day Co-ed 22,185  
= 84.00 St Albans School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 21,282  
= 84.00 King Edward VI High School for Girls Day Girls    
51 83.50 St Helen's - Northwood Day Girls 19,971  
52 83.30 Rugby School Both Co-ed    
53 83.20 Croydon High School GDST Day Girls 18,693  
54 83.00 Caterham School Both Co-ed 21,870 44,835
= 83.00 Benenden School Boarding Girls 32,649 43,503
= 83.00 King's High Warwick Day Girls 15,126  
= 83.00 Portsmouth High School Day Girls 15,387  
58 82.00 Whitgift School Both Boys 22,269 43,629
= 82.00 City of London School for Girls Day Girls 21,894  
= 82.00 Bristol Grammar School Day Co-ed 16,173  
= 82.00 Ardingly College Both Co-ed 26,985 40,560
62 81.90 Latymer Upper School Day Co-ed 22,530  
63 81.40 Old Palace of John Whitgift School Day Girls 17,500  
64 81.00 St Mary's School - Cambridge Both Girls 18,279 37,887
= 81.00 Stephen Perse Foundation Day Co-ed (Diamond model 11 - 16) 18,744 44,385
= 81.00 City of London Freemen's School - Senior Both Co-ed 22,923 39,552
67 80.20 King's School - Chester Day Co-ed 14,748  
= 80.20 Abingdon School Both Boys 22,350 45,600
= 80.20 St Michael's School - Llanelli Both Co-ed 13,818 30,900
70 80.10 Hurstpierpoint College Day Co-ed 26,400  
71 80.00 St Dunstan's College Day Co-ed 19,926  
= 80.00 The Queen's School - Chester Day Girls 14,910  
= 80.00 Sutton High School GDST Day Girls 19,071  
= 80.00 Kingham Hill School - Chipping Norton Both Co-ed 21,900 37,110
= 80.00 Francis Holland School - Sloane Square Day Girls 23,250  
= 80.00 Greene's Tutorial College Day Co-ed    
= 80.00 Bromley High School GDST Day Girls 19,125  
= 80.00 Warwick School Both Boys 15,126 36,477
= 80.00 Our Lady Of Sion School Day Co-ed 14,400  
= 80.00 Wellington College Both Co-ed 32,940 45,090
81 79.70 St Helen and St Katharine Day Girls 19,335  
82 79.00 Sheffield High School GDST Day Girls 14,271  
= 79.00 Badminton School Both Girls 18,300 42,540
= 79.00 Mayfield School Both Girls 25,125 38,925
= 79.00 Tormead School Day Girls    
86 78.80 Maynard School Day Girls    
87 78.70 Queen's College - London Day Girls 22,035  
88 78.60 Canford School Both Co-ed 32,085 42,147
89 78.40 Nottingham High School Day Co-ed 16,608  
90 78.00 Sydenham High School GDST Day Girls 18,732  
= 78.00 St Francis' College Both Girls 19,200 36,180
= 78.00 Queen Margaret's School - York Both Girls 21,360 42,480
= 78.00 Howell's School Llandaff GDST Day Girls (Co-ed 6th form) 15,525  
94 77.90 Streatham & Clapham High School GDST Day Girls 19,719  
95 77.80 Bolton School (Girls' Division) Day Girls 12,972  
96 77.50 St George's School - Ascot Both Girls 25,185 40,050
97 77.20 Rye St Antony School Both Girls (Co-ed 3 - 11) 18,750 32,355
98 77.00 Leicester High School for Girls Day Girls 13,515  
= 77.00 Nottingham Girls' High School Day Girls 14,979  
100 76.00 The King's School - Worcester Day Co-ed 15,927  

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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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