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Hurtwood House - a top co-ed boarding school

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

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Hurtwood House

Sevenoaks - a top IB School

Sevenoaks - a top IB School

Tonbridge School - a top boys' boarding school

Tonbridge School - a top boys' boarding school

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Brighton College - a top co-ed boarding school

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Woldingham School

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

A Level Passes Grade A* and A

In this section we give you our own assessment of the Top 100 independent senior schools in the UK for 2016. These positions are compiled from the % of A* and A at A levels. These tables also include Pre-U grades from D1 to M1

We specialise in advising parents on the best schools to target for their children so please contact us for a free consultation to discuss your child's education on +44 1622 813870 or by completing an Enquiry Form.

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 93.80 St Paul's Girls' School - Hammersmith Day Girls 24,741
2 93.37 Cardiff Sixth Form College Both Co-ed 15,000 40,000
3 88.67 Magdalen College School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 17,115
4 87.96 Westminster School Both Boys (Co-ed 6th Form) 27,600 36,462
5 86.06 Winchester College Boarding Boys 36,678
6 86.01 Wycombe Abbey School Boarding Girls 27,564 36,750
7 85.06 St Paul's School - London Both Boys 23,481 35,169
8 84.72 North London Collegiate School - Edgeware Day Girls 19,062
9 84.26 Guildford High School for Girls Day Girls 16,242
10 83.78 Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls - Elstree Day Girls 16,446
11 82.47 James Allen's Girls' School Day Girls 16,515
12 81.81 Eton College Boarding Boys 37,062
13 81.43 Withington Girls School Day Girls 12,384
14 80.17 St John's College - Cardiff Day Co-ed 13,629
15 79.84 Brighton College Both Co-ed 22,710 39,600
16 79.62 Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School - Elstree Day Boys 18,456
17 79.16 Perse Upper School - Cambridge Day Co-ed 16,032
18 79.10 Lady Eleanor Holles School - Richmond Day Girls 18,945
19 78.90 Royal Grammar School - Guildford Day Boys
20 78.47 Concord College - Shrewsbury Both Co-ed 13,500 36,000
21 77.03 Godolphin & Latymer School - Hammersmith Day Girls 20,148
22 75.78 Latymer Upper School - Hammersmith Day Co-ed 18,510
23 75.72 City of London School for Girls Day Girls 16,056
24 75.57 Ruthin School Both Co-ed 13,000 28,500
25 75.56 King Edward VI High - Girls/ Birmingham Day Girls 12,042
26 75.54 Stephen Perse Foundation (formerly Perse Girls) - Cambridge Day Girls (Co-ed 3-11 & 6th form) 15,975
27 74.67 Tonbridge School Both Boys 28,158 37,539
28 73.90 University College School - Hampstead Day Boys (Co-ed 6th Form) 18,792
29 73.53 Alleyn's School - Dulwich Day Co-ed 18,126
30 73.35 City of London School for Boys Day Boys
31 73.26 St Albans High School for Girls Day Girls 16,800
32 73.09 Benenden School - Kent Boarding Girls 35,700
33 72.93 King's College - Wimbledon Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 20,400
34 72.46 Radley College Boarding Boys 35,490
35 72.17 Notting Hill & Ealing High School Day Girls 17,262
36 71.88 St Mary's School - Ascot Both Girls 25,170 35,370
37 70.62 Channing School - Highgate Day Girls 17,580
38 70.44 Badminton School - Bristol Both Girls 17,850 35,250
39 70.15 Immanuel College Day Co-ed
40 69.85 Manchester High School for Girls Day Girls 11,253
41 69.57 St Catherine's School - Guildford Both Girls 17,550 28,905
42 68.90 Cheltenham Ladies' College Both Girls 26,220 38,670
43 68.27 Bancroft's School - Woodford Green Day Co-ed 16,323
44 68.00 Wellington College - Berkshire Both Co-ed 27,120 37,110
45 66.91 Oxford High School GDST Day Girls 14,424
46 66.88 School of St Helen and St Katharine Day Girls 14,745
47 66.80 South Hampstead High School Day Girls 17,547
48 66.67 St Swithun's School - Winchester Both Girls (Co-ed 3-7) 19,575 31,368
49 66.59 Merchant Taylors' School - Northwood Day Boys 19,520
50 65.84 St Albans School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th Form) 17,238
51 65.73 Manchester Grammar School Day Boys 11,970
52 65.61 Wimbledon High School GDST Day Girls 17,328
53 65.00 Harrow School Boarding Boys 37,350
54 64.94 Reigate Grammar School Day Co-ed 17,460
55 64.59 Hampton School - Middlesex Day Boys 18,375
56 64.18 Headington School - Oxford Both Girls 17,970 35,250
57 64.02 Putney High School Day Girls 17,409
58 63.92 Nottingham High School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 13,824
59 63.66 King Edward's School - Bath Day Co-ed
60 63.18 Royal Grammar School - Newcastle Day Co-ed
61 62.85 Dulwich College Both Boys 18,915 39,480
62 62.64 Downe House School - Berks Both Girls 25,440 35,160
63 62.50 Whitgift School - Croydon Both Boys 18,618 35,522
64 62.47 Norwich School Day Co-ed 15,060
65 62.15 Roedean School - Brighton Both Girls 20,160 36,180
66 62.07 CATS College Canterbury Both Co-ed 23,730 36,600
67 61.90 King's School - Cheshire Day Co-ed 12,888
= 61.90 Kingston Grammar School Day Co-ed 18,045
69 61.85 Epsom College Both Co-ed 23,472 34,617
70 61.83 Tormead School - Guildford Day Girls
71 61.14 Abbey School - Reading Day Girls 15,720
72 61.08 Oundle School - Peterborough Both Co-ed 22,065 34,440
73 61.06 Burgess Hill School for Girls Both Girls (Co-ed 2-4) 16,950 30,450
74 61.00 Abbey College - Cambridge Both Co-ed 27,300 47,000
75 60.97 Kingswood School - Bath Both Co-ed 14,382 30,999
76 60.68 Highgate School - London Day Co-ed 19,590
77 60.54 Trinity School - Croydon Day Boys (Co-ed 6th Form) 15,906
78 60.04 Bristol Grammar School Day Co-ed
79 60.00 Eltham College Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 16,245
= 60.00 Grange School - Cheshire Day Co-ed 10,830
81 59.53 Leicester Grammar School Day Co-ed 12,342
82 58.33 Lime House School - Carlisle Both Co-ed 10,500 24,750
83 57.68 Churcher's College - Petersfield Day Co-ed
84 57.28 Yarm School, Stockton on Tees Day Co-ed
85 57.11 Caterham School Both Co-ed 17,478 32,862
86 56.76 Warwick School Both Boys 12,183 26,397
87 56.52 Queen's College - London Day Girls
88 56.42 Hurtwood House - Dorking Both Co-ed 27,225 40,839
89 56.41 Loughborough High School Day Girls 11,472
90 56.18 Bellerbys College - Cambridge Both Co-ed 26,250 38,130
91 56.10 Abingdon School Both Boys 18,585 38,625
92 56.09 City of London Freemen's School - Ashtead Both Co-ed 17,196 27,867
93 55.95 St Helen's - Northwood Day Girls 15,978
94 55.94 Bromsgrove School Both Co-ed 15,420 33,855
95 55.84 Maynard School - Devon Day Girls 12,585
96 55.78 Leeds Grammar School Day Co-ed 12,906
97 55.62 St Peter's School - York Both Co-ed 16,935 28,845
98 55.56 Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls Both Girls 13,929 28,635
99 55.43 CATS College Cambridge Both Co-ed 25,305 43,080
100 55.38 Cathedral School - Llandaff Day Co-ed

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 it does not distort the results of schools which have not given us their remarks. We encourage all schools to supply corrections or additions (click here). Approximately 60 schools have boycotted league tables by refusing to publish exam results, mainly because they do not want to be compared to state schools offering soft option subjects or through failure of the Government to acknowledge the more stretching IGCSEs. Notwithstanding this we have recorded most of their exam results in our tables.

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 advice.

Note 3. We do not include schools which have less than 20 pupils taking A Levels.

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