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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 99.80 St Paul's Girls' School Day Girls 29,880  
2 99.60 Wycombe Abbey School Boarding Girls 33,150 44,100
3 99.50 Haberdashers' Boys' School - Elstree Day Boys 22,659  
4 99.20 Godolphin & Latymer School Day Girls    
5 99.00 Putney High School Day Girls 21,639  
= 99.00 James Allen's Girls' School Day Girls 21,135  
7 98.20 Withington Girls School Day Girls 14,622  
8 98.00 Brighton College Both Co-ed 27,840 56,760
9 97.90 St Paul's School Both Boys 27,486 41,364
10 97.80 Hampton School Day Boys 22,890  
11 97.50 Haberdashers' Girls' School - Elstree Day Girls 21,636  
12 97.00 Alleyn's School, Dulwich Day Co-ed 22,860  
13 96.80 Bancroft's School Day Co-ed 20,748  
14 96.30 University College School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 23,379  
15 96.10 Cheltenham Ladies' College Both Girls 31,950 46,950
16 96.00 King Edward VI High School for Girls Day Girls    
= 96.00 Highgate School Day Co-ed 23,520  
= 96.00 Lady Eleanor Holles School Day Girls 22,716  
= 96.00 Tonbridge School Both Boys 35,067 46,740
20 95.10 Manchester High School for Girls Day Girls    
21 95.00 St Mary's School - Ascot Both Girls    
22 94.90 St Helen and St Katharine Day Girls 19,335  
23 94.70 Winchester College Boarding Boys 33,990 45,936
24 94.40 Trinity School - Croydon Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 20,437  
25 94.20 Latymer Upper School Day Co-ed 22,530  
26 94.10 Merchant Taylors' School Day Boys 23,600  
27 94.00 Perse Upper School Day Co-ed 19,443  
28 93.90 St Albans High School for Girls Day Girls 20,745  
29 93.80 Sevenoaks School Both Co-ed 30,348 46,566
30 93.70 Wellington College Both Co-ed 32,940 45,090
31 93.30 Surbiton High School Day Girls 20,070  
32 93.00 Radley College Boarding Boys   44,550
= 93.00 Whitgift School Both Boys 22,269 43,629
= 93.00 St Helen's - Northwood Day Girls 19,971  
= 93.00 Palmers Green High School Day Girls    
= 93.00 Concord College Both Co-ed 16,200 48,900
37 92.20 Hurstpierpoint College Day Co-ed 26,400  
38 92.00 Caterham School Both Co-ed 21,870 44,835
39 91.70 Rugby School Both Co-ed    
40 91.10 Francis Holland School - Regent's Park Day Girls 22,890  
= 91.10 Abingdon School Both Boys 22,350 45,600
42 91.00 King's High Warwick Day Girls 15,126  
= 91.00 Ardingly College Both Co-ed 26,985 40,560
= 91.00 Francis Holland School - Sloane Square Day Girls 23,250  
= 91.00 St Albans School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 21,282  
= 91.00 St Catherine's School, Bramley Both Girls    
47 90.90 Canford School Both Co-ed 32,085 42,147
48 90.30 Kingston Grammar School Day Co-ed 22,185  
49 90.00 Chigwell School Both Co-ed 20,835 35,985
= 90.00 Nottingham Girls' High School Day Girls 14,979  
51 89.50 St Swithun's School Both Girls 29,880 38,340
= 89.50 Benenden School Boarding Girls 32,649 43,503
53 89.30 King Edward's School - Birmingham Day Boys 15,525  
54 89.00 Tormead School Day Girls    
= 89.00 Sir William Perkins's School Day Girls 18,738  
= 89.00 The Abbey School - Reading Day Girls 19,830  
= 89.00 Downe House School Both Girls 32,880 44,220
= 89.00 Kirkham Grammar School Both Co-ed 13,197 25,743
= 89.00 City of London Freemen's School - Senior Both Co-ed 22,923 39,552
60 88.00 Loughborough High School Day Girls 14,970  
61 87.00 Queen's College - London Day Girls 22,035  
= 87.00 Stephen Perse Foundation Day Co-ed (Diamond model 11 - 16) 18,744 44,385
= 87.00 Sutton High School GDST Day Girls 19,071  
= 87.00 Mayfield School Both Girls 25,125 38,925
= 87.00 Oundle School Both Co-ed 27,075 42,270
= 87.00 Walthamstow Hall Senior School Day Girls 22,065  
67 86.80 Croydon High School GDST Day Girls 18,693  
68 86.60 Streatham & Clapham High School GDST Day Girls 19,719  
69 86.00 Ibstock Place School Day Co-ed 23,820  
= 86.00 The Queen's School - Chester Day Girls 14,910  
= 86.00 Howell's School Llandaff GDST Day Girls (Co-ed 6th form) 15,525  
72 85.80 Uppingham School Both Co-ed 26,406 41,955
73 85.30 Headington School Both Girls 21,480 43,245
74 85.00 St John's College - Cardiff Day Co-ed 14,850  
= 85.00 Forest School - London Day Co-ed 22,425  
76 84.40 Reading Blue Coat School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 18,915  
77 84.00 Haileybury Both Co-ed 29,760 40,740
= 84.00 Sheffield High School GDST Day Girls 14,271  
= 84.00 Park School for Girls Day Girls (Co-ed 4 - 11)    
= 84.00 Sherborne Girls Both Girls 26,676 41,682
81 83.30 Old Palace of John Whitgift School Day Girls 17,500  
= 83.30 St James Senior Girls' School Day Girls    
83 83.00 Charterhouse School Both Co-ed 36,546 44,220
84 82.40 King's School - Chester Day Co-ed 14,748  
85 82.00 Redmaids' High School Day Girls 16,185  
86 81.50 King Edward VI School Day Co-ed 18,645  
87 81.20 Nottingham High School Day Co-ed 16,608  
88 81.00 Leicester High School for Girls Day Girls 13,515  
= 81.00 Fettes College Both Co-ed    
= 81.00 Blackheath High School Day Girls 18,531  
= 81.00 The Grammar School at Leeds Day Co-ed 15,471  
= 81.00 Northampton High School Day Girls    
93 80.20 Maynard School Day Girls    
94 80.10 Woldingham School Both Girls 26,115 43,830
= 80.10 Queen's Gate - Kensington Day Girls 23,580  
96 80.00 Bromley High School GDST Day Girls 19,125  
= 80.00 Sydenham High School GDST Day Girls 18,732  
= 80.00 Portsmouth High School Day Girls 15,387  
= 80.00 St Gabriel's School Day Girls (Co-ed 3 - 7) 19,707  
= 80.00 Northwood College for Girls Day Girls 19,641  

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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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