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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 99.60 Wycombe Abbey School Boarding Girls 33,150 44,100
2 98.00 Brighton College Both Co-ed 27,840 56,760
3 97.90 St Paul's School Both Boys 27,486 41,364
4 96.10 Cheltenham Ladies' College Both Girls 31,950 46,950
5 96.00 Tonbridge School Both Boys 35,067 46,740
6 95.00 St Mary's School - Ascot Both Girls    
7 94.70 Winchester College Boarding Boys 33,990 45,936
8 93.80 Sevenoaks School Both Co-ed 30,348 46,566
9 93.70 Wellington College Both Co-ed 32,940 45,090
10 93.00 Radley College Boarding Boys   44,550
= 93.00 Whitgift School Both Boys 22,269 43,629
= 93.00 Concord College Both Co-ed 16,200 48,900
13 92.00 Caterham School Both Co-ed 21,870 44,835
14 91.70 Rugby School Both Co-ed    
15 91.10 Abingdon School Both Boys 22,350 45,600
16 91.00 Ardingly College Both Co-ed 26,985 40,560
= 91.00 St Catherine's School, Bramley Both Girls    
18 90.90 Canford School Both Co-ed 32,085 42,147
19 89.50 St Swithun's School Both Girls 29,880 38,340
= 89.50 Benenden School Boarding Girls 32,649 43,503
21 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
24 87.00 Mayfield School Both Girls 25,125 38,925
= 87.00 Oundle School Both Co-ed 27,075 42,270
26 85.80 Uppingham School Both Co-ed 26,406 41,955
27 85.30 Headington School Both Girls 21,480 43,245
28 84.00 Haileybury Both Co-ed 29,760 40,740
= 84.00 Sherborne Girls Both Girls 26,676 41,682
30 83.00 Charterhouse School Both Co-ed 36,546 44,220
31 81.00 Fettes College Both Co-ed    
32 80.10 Woldingham School Both Girls 26,115 43,830
33 80.00 Queen Anne's School Both Girls 25,605 44,280
34 79.10 Royal High School Both Girls 15,786 35,427
35 79.00 Marlborough College Both Co-ed   42,930
= 79.00 Bishop's Stortford College Both Co-ed 22,362 38,061
= 79.00 New Hall School Both Co-ed 21,384 33,867
38 78.20 St Michael's School - Llanelli Both Co-ed 13,818 30,900
39 78.00 King's School - Canterbury Both Co-ed 28,825 41,505
40 77.60 St George's School - Ascot Both Girls 25,185 40,050
41 77.00 Kingswood School Both Co-ed 17,232 37,143
= 77.00 Dauntsey's School Both Co-ed 21,210 40,545
= 77.00 Bedford School Both Boys 21,945 37,113
= 77.00 Royal Masonic School for Girls Both Girls 20,055 35,190
= 77.00 The Purcell School Both Co-ed 27,042 34,527
= 77.00 Badminton School Both Girls 18,300 42,540
47 76.30 Tudor Hall School Both Girls 25,200 41,850
= 76.30 Sherborne School Both Boys 33,285 41,985
49 76.00 Blundell's School Both Co-ed 25,095 41,325
= 76.00 Shrewsbury School Both Co-ed 29,445 43,905
= 76.00 Clifton College Both Co-ed 27,900 42,600
52 75.70 St Peter's School Both Co-ed 20,550 36,570
53 75.60 Monmouth School for Boys Both Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 17,679 36,387
54 75.00 Prior's Field School Both Girls 20,850 39,000
55 74.70 Monmouth School for Girls Both Girls (Co-ed 6th form) 17,679 36,387
56 74.40 Berkhamsted School Both Co-ed 23,175 37,575
57 74.00 Malvern St James Girls' School Both Girls 20,715 44,520
58 73.50 Kimbolton School Both Co-ed 18,015 29,970
59 73.00 St Francis' College Both Girls 19,200 36,180
= 73.00 Mill Hill School Both Co-ed 23,910 39,810
= 73.00 Repton School Both Co-ed 30,000 40,455
62 72.00 Loughborough Grammar School Both Boys 14,970 37,740
= 72.00 Malvern College Both Co-ed 28,980 44,025
64 71.20 Ipswich School Both Co-ed 18,261 37,410
65 71.00 Cheltenham College Both Co-ed 32,580 43,035
= 71.00 Monkton Senior School Both Co-ed 23,610 37,680
67 70.50 Brentwood School Both Co-ed 21,783 42,687
68 70.00 Bromsgrove School Both Co-ed 18,840 42,165
= 70.00 Christ's Hospital Both Co-ed 25,230 38,790
= 70.00 Moreton Hall School Both Girls (Co-ed 11 - 13) 32,640 39,660
71 69.00 d'Overbroeck's Both Co-ed 26,190 47,490
72 68.50 Bootham Senior School Both Co-ed 19,275 35,100
73 68.00 Ampleforth College Both Co-ed 27,750 39,900
74 67.40 The Royal School - Haslemere Both Co-ed 19,242 32,193
75 67.30 Queenswood School Both Girls 28,275 39,900
76 67.00 Queen Margaret's School - York Both Girls 21,360 42,480
= 67.00 Truro School Both Co-ed 15,585 33,780
78 66.90 Royal Russell School Both Co-ed 20,985 41,478
79 66.70 Stamford High School Both Girls 18,500 34,725
80 66.00 St Mary's School - Cambridge Both Girls 18,279 37,887
81 65.00 Stonyhurst College Both Co-ed 22,920 41,265
= 65.00 Abbey College Cambridge Both Co-ed 26,050 57,100
= 65.00 Prior Park College Both Co-ed 18,480 36,750
= 65.00 King's College Taunton Both Co-ed 25,200 41,400
= 65.00 Oakham School Both Co-ed 24,420 40,650
= 65.00 Queen's College - Taunton Both Co-ed 20,670 43,320
= 65.00 King's Ely Both Co-ed 24,729 35,958
88 64.90 West Buckland School Both Co-ed 17,358 39,876
89 64.50 Trent College Both Co-ed 19,530 37,806
90 64.00 Dean Close School Both Co-ed 26,940 43,425
= 64.00 The Godolphin School Both Girls 24,615 43,170
92 63.00 Reddam House Berkshire Both Co-ed 19,248 35,310
= 63.00 St Edmund's College Both Co-ed 19,941 35,286
94 62.40 Stamford School Both Boys 18,500 34,725
95 62.00 DLD College London Both Co-ed 25,500 59,200
= 62.00 Battle Abbey School Both Co-ed 18,840 35,571
= 62.00 Lancing College Both Co-ed 27,930 40,860
= 62.00 Harrogate Ladies' College Both Girls 17,985 43,230
99 61.50 King Edward's Witley Both Co-ed 22,665 36,750
100 61.00 Frensham Heights School Both Co-ed 22,665 35,370

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This table lists the Top 100 boarding schools in the UK based on 2019 GCSE results. Rankings are based on the percentage of GCSE or IGCSE entries awarded 9-7 and 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. Most of the 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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