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2021 LEAGUE TABLES

This is a provisional table and we invite schools that have not yet submitted their results to do so before the final deadline of 30th November 2021.

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 28,389  
2 99.60 Wycombe Abbey School Boarding Girls 30,945 41,250
3 99.50 Haberdashers' Boys' School - Elstree Day Boys 21,477  
4 99.20 Godolphin & Latymer School Day Girls 23,531  
5 99.00 Putney High School Day Girls 19,827  
= 99.00 James Allen's Girls' School Day Girls 19,845  
7 98.20 Withington Girls School Day Girls 14,130  
8 98.00 Brighton College Both Co-ed 26,310 52,050
9 97.90 St Paul's School Both Boys 26,556 39,966
10 97.80 Hampton School Day Boys 21,900  
11 97.50 Haberdashers' Girls' School - Elstree Day Girls 20,070  
12 97.00 Alleyn's School, Dulwich Day Co-ed 21,375  
13 96.80 Bancroft's School Day Co-ed 19,761  
14 96.30 University College School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 21,891  
15 96.10 Cheltenham Ladies' College Both Girls 30,390 44,790
16 96.00 Tonbridge School Both Boys 33,636 44,835
= 96.00 Lady Eleanor Holles School Day Girls 21,738  
= 96.00 Highgate School Day Co-ed 21,920  
= 96.00 King Edward VI High School for Girls Day Girls    
20 95.10 Manchester High School for Girls Day Girls 12,600  
21 95.00 St Mary's School - Ascot Both Girls 30,465 42,780
22 94.90 St Helen and St Katharine Day Girls 17,985  
23 94.70 Winchester College Boarding Boys   43,335
24 94.40 Trinity School - Croydon Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 19,100  
25 94.20 Latymer Upper School Day Co-ed 21,459  
26 94.10 Merchant Taylors' School Day Boys 22,280  
27 94.00 Perse Upper School Day Co-ed 18,525  
28 93.90 St Albans High School for Girls Day Girls 19,995  
29 93.80 Sevenoaks School Both Co-ed 28,413 43,353
30 93.70 Wellington College Both Co-ed 31,140 42,630
31 93.30 Surbiton High School Day Girls (Co-ed 4 - 11) 19,290  
32 93.00 Concord College Both Co-ed 15,600 47,500
= 93.00 Radley College Boarding Boys   41,700
= 93.00 St Helen's - Northwood Day Girls 19,421  
= 93.00 Palmers Green High School Day Girls    
= 93.00 Whitgift School Both Boys 21,240 41,550
37 92.20 Hurstpierpoint College Day Co-ed 25,110  
38 92.00 Caterham School Both Co-ed 20,625 41,130
39 91.70 Rugby School Both Co-ed 24,126 38,454
40 91.10 Abingdon School Both Boys 21,600 44,070
= 91.10 Francis Holland School - Regent's Park Day Girls 21,450  
42 91.00 Ardingly College Both Co-ed 25,185 39,312
= 91.00 Francis Holland School - Sloane Square Day Girls 22,140  
= 91.00 King's High Warwick Day Girls 14,337  
= 91.00 St Catherine's School - Guildford Both Girls 19,775 32,865
= 91.00 St Albans School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form)    
47 90.90 Canford School Both Co-ed 29,985 39,390
48 90.30 Kingston Grammar School Day Co-ed 21,135  
49 90.00 Chigwell School Both Co-ed 19,485 33,975
= 90.00 Nottingham High School for Girls Day Girls 14,298  
51 89.50 Benenden School Boarding Girls   40,848
= 89.50 St Swithun's School Both Girls 21,918 36,339
53 89.30 King Edward's School - Birmingham Day Boys 14,091  
54 89.00 Sir William Perkins's School Day Girls 17,511  
= 89.00 Tormead School Day Girls    
= 89.00 Downe House School Both Girls 31,305 42,090
= 89.00 Kirkham Grammar School Both Co-ed 12,570 24,240
= 89.00 City of London Freemen's School - Senior Both Co-ed 21,525 36,993
= 89.00 Abbey School - Reading Day Girls 18,885  
60 88.00 Loughborough High School Day Girls 14,205  
61 87.00 Sutton High School GDST Day Girls    
= 87.00 Walthamstow Hall Day Girls 21,210  
= 87.00 Stephen Perse Foundation Day Co-ed (Diamond model 11 - 16) 17,850 39,370
= 87.00 Mayfield School Both Girls 23,250 36,750
= 87.00 Oundle School Both Co-ed 25,185 39,315
= 87.00 Queen's College - London Day Girls 20,685  
67 86.80 Croydon High School GDST Day Girls 17,631  
68 86.60 Streatham & Clapham School GDST Day Girls    
69 86.00 Howell's School Llandaff GDST Day Girls 14,529  
= 86.00 Ibstock Place School Day Co-ed 22,350  
71 85.80 Uppingham School Both Co-ed 24,450 39,492
72 85.30 Headington School Both Girls 20,280 40,965
73 85.00 St John's College - Cardiff Day Co-ed 14,280  
= 85.00 Forest School - London Day Co-ed 20,940  
75 84.40 Reading Blue Coat School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 18,039  
76 84.00 Park School for Girls Day Girls (Co-ed 4 - 11)    
= 84.00 Sheffield High School GDST Day Girls 13,626  
= 84.00 Haileybury Both Co-ed 27,435 37,215
= 84.00 Sherborne Girls Both Girls 23,760 39,510
80 83.30 St James Senior Girls' School Day Girls 21,480  
= 83.30 Old Palace of John Whitgift School Day Girls 16,579  
82 83.00 Charterhouse School Both Co-ed 34,218 41,406
83 82.40 King's School - Chester Day Co-ed 14,019  
84 82.00 Redmaids' High School Day Girls 15,450  
85 81.50 King Edward VI School Day Co-ed 17,631  
86 81.20 Nottingham High School Day Co-ed 16,047  
87 81.00 Northampton High School Day Girls    
= 81.00 Leicester High School for Girls Day Girls 13,020  
= 81.00 The Grammar School at Leeds Day Co-ed 14,751  
= 81.00 Fettes College Both Co-ed 30,870 37,200
= 81.00 Blackheath High School Day Girls 17,139  
92 80.20 Maynard School, Devon Day Girls 15,729  
93 80.10 Queen's Gate - Kensington Day Girls 22,230  
= 80.10 Woldingham School Both Girls 25,500 42,210
95 80.00 St Gabriel's School Day Girls (Co-ed 3 - 7) 18,975  
= 80.00 Northwood College Day Girls 18,630  
= 80.00 Sydenham High School GDST Day Girls    
= 80.00 Queen Anne's School Both Girls 25,110 41,775
= 80.00 Bromley High School GDST Day Girls    
100 79.70 Derby High School Day Co-ed 13,890  

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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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