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Find top UK private schools

Welcome to www.best-schools.co.uk which aims to assist parents who wish to select an independent (private) school or sixth form college in the UK.

Our website is unique for carrying 12 separate exam league tables of almost all UK private schools in terms of their A levels, GCSEs, UCAS tariffs, SATS tests, International Baccalaureate points and Scottish Higher results, even where they have not been released to the National Press. There are also three exam league tables for boarding schools. We include one league table for private preparatory schools, but bear in mind that only a limited number use or publicise SATS tests.

If you cannot find your target private school in the exam league tables, all other UK private schools are in our database and may be found by using the “Find a school” section. Once you have located the profile of that school, you will also see its exam results, which can be compared to the independent schools in the tables.

Of course, school league tables are only one criterion for assessing a private school. Your child may not be suited to a very selective private school with a high pressure academic environment – so please read the FREE eGuide on choosing an independent school in the first section “how to choose a private school”. This also contains a 30 – point questionnaire to help you ask the right questions on your private school visits. We also encourage you to use our expert consultancy service to find the right independent school. This is FREE for parents seeking a boarding school or independent sixth form college.

You can find the current private school fees at senior level in both the school league tables and the individual profiles of schools. For all of the school league tables, you can click a button on the right to show the top schools in ascending order of fees in case you have a limited budget, especially for boarding schools.

Many independent schools have expressed dismay at exam grade inflation for A Levels and this has started a trend away to more stretching qualifications. You will find such qualifications described in detail in our companion websites www.baccalaureate.eu.com, www.Pre-U.info and www.sixth-form.com