The Independent Sixth Form Colleges who published A Level Exam Grades for Summer 2013

It is more difficult to rank 6th form colleges than independent schools, because many of them do not release their results or they provide them in inconsistent formats. For this table, we have used the results (audited and unaudited) of those colleges, which are prepared to publicise them. We have simply taken the percentage of total A level entries, which were grades A* or A. Some colleges would argue that A level resits should be excluded, but most of those were taken in January anyway and perversely their inclusion can sometimes depress the overall average grades. We have not included GCSEs because many colleges do not offer them or focus either on resits or short term GCSE courses. Some colleges are very selective on entry criteria whereas others may specialise in taking students with previous poor exam performance in order to transform their results. Thus you may need to ask colleges about their added value performance.

Please be aware that exam success is only one criterion in the search for a sixth form college. You are encouraged to read our free downloadable eGuide on how to select an independent sixth form college.

A + A* %NameDay / BoardBoy / GirlDay £Board £
193.85Cardiff Sixth Form CollegeBothCo edNANA
278.54Concord College - ShrewsburyBothCo-edNANA
371.00Abbey College - CambridgeBothCo-ed24,00039,000
466.73Hurtwood House - DorkingBothCo-edNANA
557.69D'Overbroeck's College - OxfordBothCo-edNANA
653.00Cambridge Tutors College - CroydonBothCo-edNANA
752.20CATS CanterburyBoardCo-ed17,28032,880
851.99Bosworth Independent College - NorthamptonshireBothCo-edNANA
948.47Albemarle Independent College - LondonDayCo-ed17,985NA
1047.06Padworth College - ReadingBothCo-edNANA
1146.95CATS CambridgeBothCo-ed22,75536,795
1245.24Brampton College - HendonDayCo-edNANA
1345.00Ashbourne Independent Sixth Form College - LondonBothCo-edNANA
1443.14David Game College - LondonBothCo-ed15,200NA
1539.00Abbey College - LondonBothCo-ed17,50037,500
1637.20Duff Miller College - LondonDayCo-edNANA
1737.19Welbeck - LoughboroughBoardingCo-edNANA
1836.73Chelsea Independent CollegeBothCo-edNANA
1936.49Fine Arts College HampsteadDayCo edNANA
2035.17Mander Portman Woodward - LondonDayCo-edNANA
2134.00CCSSBothCo-ed18,750NA
2233.00Mander Portman Woodward - CambridgeDayCo-ed22,425NA
2332.42CATS LondonBothCo-edNANA
2429.28Davies Laing & Dick - LondonDayCo-edNANA
2528.49Abbey College - BirminghamBothCo-ed13,40028,550
2628.10Abbey College - ManchesterBothCo-ed11,40026,750
2726.90Rochester Independent CollegeBothCo-edNANA
2825.00Lansdowne College - LondonBothCo-edNANA
2923.08Bath AcademyBothCo-edNANA
3018.78Oxford Tutorial CollegeBothCo-edNANA

Note.1. In the case of sixth form colleges there are quite a few gaps in our data, because the information is not freely available or the college will not supply it. In general colleges which refuse to supply results, seem to have something to hide and we suggest you ask them about their track record if you are considering them.

Note 2. However, exam results are not the only criteria by which to judge a college (read our eGuide on selection factors click here). Indeed a few of the colleges in this TOP 30 table are quite selective on their admissions. Be aware your child may not necessarily thrive in a high pressure academic environment – take advice.

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