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Cardiff Sixth Form College - Top Independent School and Top 6th Form College

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Hurtwood House

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Sevenoaks - a top IB School

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Tonbridge School - a top boys' boarding school

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Brighton College - a top co-ed boarding school

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The Cheltenham Ladies' College - a top girls' boarding school

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GCSE Grades A* and A

In this section we give you our own assessment of the Top 100 independent senior schools in the UK for 2013. These positions are compiled from the % of A & A* grades at GCSE levels.

Click on the name of a school to find out its type, contact details, day or boarding and the annual fees.

Click on the arrows to the right of each column to reorder the table by category e.g. size of school fees, alphabetical order, exam scores etc.

A + A* % Name Day/Board Boy/Girl Day £ Board £
1 99.40 St Paul's Girls' School - Hammersmith Day Girls 21,168
2 98.12 Westminster School Both Boys (Co-ed 6th Form) 24,390 32,490
3 97.94 North London Collegiate School - Edgeware Day Girls 17,625
4 96.51 City of London School for Girls Day Girls
5 95.88 St Paul's School - London Both Boys 20,853 31,233
6 95.71 Withington Girls School Day Girls
7 95.68 King's College - Wimbledon Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 19,455
8 95.35 Brighton College Both Co-ed 20,310 34,500
9 95.15 Lady Eleanor Holles School - Richmond Day Girls
10 95.00 Wycombe Abbey School Boarding Girls 24,975 33,310
11 94.84 St Mary's School - Ascot Both Girls
12 94.80 Magdalen College School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form)
13 94.50 Eton College Boarding Boys 33,270
14 94.26 James Allen's Girls' School Day Girls
15 93.99 Latymer Upper School - Hammersmith Day Co-ed
16 93.92 Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls - Elstree Day Girls
17 93.73 Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School - Elstree Day Boys
18 93.50 Guildford High School for Girls Day Girls
19 93.22 Royal Grammar School - Guildford Day Boys
20 92.51 Tonbridge School Both Boys 25,602 34,137
21 92.44 Godolphin & Latymer School - Hammersmith Day Girls
22 92.09 Oxford High School GDST Day Girls 13,023
23 91.87 Notting Hill & Ealing High School Day Girls
24 91.50 School of St Helen and St Katharine Day Girls
25 90.35 City of London School for Boys Day Boys
26 90.23 Perse Upper School - Cambridge Day Co-ed 14,451
27 89.70 Harrow School Boarding Boys 33,285
28 89.47 Merchant Taylors' School - Northwood Day Boys
29 89.20 King Edward's School (Boys) - Birmingham Day Boys 11,580
30 89.16 Hampton School - Middlesex Day Boys
31 89.05 Grange School - Cheshire Day Co-ed
= 89.05 St Albans High School for Girls Day Girls 13,680
33 88.33 Putney High School Day Girls
34 87.83 King Edward VI High - Girls/ Birmingham Day Girls 10,935
35 87.05 Wimbledon High School GDST Day Girls
36 86.99 Badminton School - Bristol Both Girls 16,920 32,070
37 86.64 Highgate School - London Day Co-ed
38 86.56 Downe House School - Berks Both Girls
39 86.54 Alleyn's School - Dulwich Day Co-ed 15,867
40 86.49 University College School - Hampstead Day Boys (Co-ed 6th Form)
41 86.10 St Helen's - Northwood Day Girls 14,370
42 85.94 Oundle School - Peterborough Both Co-ed 19,695 30,705
43 85.69 Radley College Boarding Boys 32,100
44 85.54 Manchester High School for Girls Day Girls 10,287
45 85.00 Sevenoaks School Both Co-ed 22,662 34,578
46 84.72 Abbey School - Reading Day Girls 14,490
47 84.28 South Hampstead High School Day Girls
48 84.15 Abingdon School Both Boys 15,870 33,540
49 83.75 Bancroft's School - Woodford Green Day Co-ed 14,130
50 82.79 St Catherine's School - Guildford Both Girls
51 82.50 Dulwich College Both Boys
52 82.16 St Swithun's School - Winchester Both Girls (Co-ed 3-7) 18,450 29,565
53 82.04 Channing School - Highgate Day Girls 15,255
54 81.97 Wellington College - Berkshire Both Co-ed 25,050 34,125
55 81.86 Royal Grammar School - Newcastle Day Co-ed
56 81.11 Norwich School Day Co-ed
57 81.04 Francis Holland School - Regent's Park Day Girls
58 80.45 Walthamstow Hall - Sevenoaks Day Girls
59 80.30 Exeter School Day Co-ed
60 80.17 St Albans School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th Form)
61 79.96 King Edward's School - Bath Day Co-ed
62 79.02 Rugby School Both Co-ed 19,605 31,245
63 78.88 City of London Freemen's School - Ashtead Both Co-ed
64 78.72 King's High School for Girls - Warwick Day Girls
65 78.55 Marlborough College Both Co-ed
66 78.22 King's School - Canterbury Both Co-ed
67 78.14 Headington School - Oxford Both Girls 16,440 32,100
68 77.62 Caterham School Both Co-ed 16,083 30,009
69 77.45 Concord College - Shrewsbury Both Co-ed 30,300
70 77.09 Tormead School - Guildford Day Girls
71 76.99 Sir William Perkins's School Day Girls
72 76.97 Loughborough High School Day Girls
73 76.61 Durham High School For Girls Day Girls
74 76.50 Dauntsey's School - Devizes Both Co-ed
75 76.43 Wakefield Girls' High School Day Girls
76 75.96 Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls Both Girls
77 75.95 Kingston Grammar School Day Co-ed
78 75.92 Sherborne Girls Both Girls 22,515 30,990
79 75.77 Ibstock Place School - Roehampton Day Co-ed 17,670
80 75.41 Canford School - Wimborne Both Co-ed 23,166 29,640
81 75.38 Northwood College Day Girls
82 75.28 Chigwell School Both Co-ed 14,985 24,675
83 75.23 Solihull School Day Co-ed
84 75.16 Warwick School Both Boys 10,935 23,337
85 75.07 Godolphin School - Salisbury Both Girls
86 74.21 Bristol Grammar School Day Co-ed
87 74.07 Birkenhead School Day Co-ed
88 74.02 Eltham College Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form)
89 73.91 Reigate Grammar School Day Co-ed
90 73.81 Howell's School Llandaff GDST - Cardiff Day Girls
91 73.44 Nottingham High School for Girls Day Girls
92 73.41 Bromley High School GDST Day Girls 14,022
93 73.13 Palmers Green High School Day Girls
94 72.70 Portsmouth Grammar School Day Co-ed 13,173
95 72.56 Whitgift School - Croydon Both Boys 17,340 33,396
96 72.48 Leicester High School for Girls Day Girls
97 72.43 Bury Grammar School - Girls Day Girls (Co-ed 4-7)
98 72.27 Central Newcastle High School GDST Day Girls
99 71.84 Hymers College - Hull Day Co-ed
100 71.75 Maynard School - Devon Day Girls

Note.1. Sometimes there are a few gaps in our data, because the information is not freely available or a school will not supply it. In general this applies to lower graded schools in the TOP 100. Sometimes grades improve as a result of appeals on exam results and we may update the data periodically, as long as it does not prejudice schools which have not provided their remarks. We encourage all schools to supply corrections or additions (click here).

Note 2. Exam results are not the only criteria by which to judge a school (read our eGuide on selection factors click here). Indeed most of the schools in this TOP 100 table are quite selective on their admissions. Be aware your child may not necessarily thrive in a high pressure academic environment - take our advice.

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