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Top Sixth Form Colleges

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 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. For these reasons we refer to this as a results table rather than a league table.

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.

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 99.99 Cardiff Sixth Form College Both Co-ed 12,000 29,700
2 94.79 Concord College - Shrewsbury Both Co-ed 30,300
3 87.42 Hurtwood House - Dorking Both Co-ed 24,501 36,750
4 87.22 Albemarle Independent College - London Day Co-ed 17,985
5 85.90 D'Overbroeck's College - Oxford Both Co-ed 20,580 31,680
6 85.00 Abbey College - Cambridge Both Co-ed 24,000 39,000
7 82.60 CATS College Canterbury Both Co-ed 18,150 34,605
8 82.26 Brampton College - Hendon Day Co-ed 15,750
9 77.30 Duff Miller College Day Co-ed 18,370
10 77.00 Cambridge Tutors College - Croydon Both Co-ed
11 76.39 Bosworth Independent College Both Co-ed
12 74.00 Ashbourne Independent Sixth Form College Both Co-ed 20,700
13 72.06 Padworth College Both Co-ed 14,250 28,392
14 71.00 Mander Portman Woodward - Cambridge Day Co-ed 22,425
15 70.42 CATS College Cambridge Both Co-ed 23,850 38,400
16 70.35 Chelsea Independent College Both Co-ed 18,000 41,800
17 70.27 Fine Arts College Hampstead Day Co-ed 18,330
18 69.90 Mander Portman Woodward - London Day Co-ed 23,973
19 65.36 David Game College - London Both Co-ed 16,000
20 65.00 DLD Belgravia (formerly Abbey College London) Both Co-ed 18,000 37,500
21 64.33 Welbeck - Loughborough Boarding Co-ed
22 62.70 Rochester Independent College Both Co-ed 16,500 29,100
23 62.38 Abbey College - Manchester Both Co-ed 11,500 29,900
24 57.69 Bath Academy Both Co-ed 14,500
25 57.00 Lansdowne College Both Co-ed 18,690
26 56.42 Abbey College - Birmingham Both Co-ed 13,500 29,200
27 52.65 DLD College London Day Co-ed 18,000
28 51.17 Oxford Tutorial College Both Co-ed
29 48.35 CATS College London Both Co-ed 23,850 44,370

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 our advice.

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