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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 2017. 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 91.90 Cardiff Sixth Form College Both Co-ed 15,500 41,000
2 87.79 Perse Upper School - Cambridge Day Co-ed 16,665
3 87.06 Westminster School Both Boys (Co-ed 6th Form) 28,566 37,740
4 85.77 Guildford High School for Girls Day Girls 16,728
5 85.60 Wycombe Abbey School Boarding Girls 28,350 37,800
6 85.59 King's College - Wimbledon Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 20,985
7 85.38 Concord College - Shrewsbury Both Co-ed 14,000 37,800
8 85.20 St Paul's Girls' School - Hammersmith Day Girls 23,934
9 85.11 St Paul's School - London Both Boys 24,303 36,399
10 85.07 City of London School for Girls Day Girls 17,181
11 84.84 Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School - Elstree Day Boys 19,470
12 84.62 Eton College Boarding Boys 38,730
13 84.04 Winchester College Boarding Boys 38,100
14 82.86 St John's College - Cardiff Day Co-ed 13,221
15 81.98 Magdalen College School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 17,784
16 78.85 Lady Eleanor Holles School Day Girls 19,608
17 78.74 Royal Grammar School - Guildford Day Boys 17,595
18 77.95 Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls - Elstree Day Girls 17,433
19 77.66 Alleyn's School - Dulwich Day Co-ed 18,852
20 76.74 Brighton College Both Co-ed 23,670 41,700
21 75.77 St Mary's School - Ascot Both Girls 26,190 36,780
22 75.30 North London Collegiate School - Edgeware Day Girls 19,635
23 74.43 Withington Girls School Day Girls 12,639
24 74.20 South Hampstead High School Day Girls 17,853
25 73.95 Hampton School - Middlesex Day Boys 19,170
26 73.53 Latymer Upper School - Hammersmith Day Co-ed 19,260
27 73.39 Ruthin School Both Co-ed 13,500 31,500
28 72.94 School of St Helen and St Katharine Day Girls 15,990
29 72.92 Oxford High School GDST Day Girls 14,985
30 71.43 Oxford International College Both Co-ed
31 71.24 Manchester Grammar School Day Boys 12,270
32 70.95 University College School - Hampstead Day Boys (Co-ed 6th Form) 19,545
33 70.56 City of London School for Boys Day Boys 16,731
34 70.00 Harrow School Boarding Boys 38,550
= 70.00 St Mary's School - Calne Both Girls 28,050 37,650
36 69.52 Bancroft's School - Woodford Green Day Co-ed 17,382
37 69.38 Highgate School - London Day Co-ed 20,370
38 69.27 St Albans School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th Form) 17,928
39 69.07 Merchant Taylors' School - Northwood Day Boys 19,998
40 68.99 James Allen's Girls' School Day Girls 17,265
41 68.93 Abbey College - Cambridge Both Co-ed 29,000
42 67.63 Tonbridge School Both Boys 29,229 38,964
43 67.47 Downe House School - Berks Both Girls 26,265 36,300
44 66.34 Nottingham High School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 14,307
45 66.24 Royal Grammar School - Newcastle Day Co-ed
46 66.13 City of London Freemen's School - Ashtead Both Co-ed 17,541 29,259
47 65.61 Surbiton High School Day Girls (Co-ed 4-11) 16,482
48 65.40 Wellington College - Berkshire Both Co-ed 27,930 38,220
49 65.05 King Edward's School - Bath Day Co-ed
50 65.00 Maynard School - Devon Day Girls 12,894
51 64.86 Reigate Grammar School Day Co-ed 18,060
52 64.74 Channing School - Highgate Day Girls 18,465
53 64.66 St Catherine's School - Guildford Both Girls 17,895 29,490
54 64.45 Caterham School Both Co-ed 18,180 34,830
55 64.34 Godolphin & Latymer School - Hammersmith Day Girls 20,934
56 64.08 Dulwich College Both Boys 19,662 41,040
57 64.02 Badminton School - Bristol Both Girls 16,185 36,660
58 63.77 Putney High School Day Girls 18,192
59 63.62 Trinity School - Croydon Day Boys (Co-ed 6th Form) 16,656
60 63.29 Stephen Perse Foundation (formerly Perse Girls) - Cambridge Day Girls (Co-ed 3-11 & 6th form) 16,500
61 63.03 Radley College Boarding Boys 36,900
= 63.03 St Swithun's School - Winchester Both Girls (Co-ed 3-7) 20,163 32,310
63 63.01 King Edward VI High - Girls/ Birmingham Day Girls 12,402
64 62.98 Abingdon School Both Boys 19,275 38,970
65 62.84 Wimbledon High School GDST Day Girls 18,105
66 62.50 Mayfield School Both Girls 20,400 32,925
67 62.39 Exeter School Day Co-ed 12,777
68 62.38 d'Overbroeck's Oxford Both Co-ed 23,025 36,375
69 61.80 Bristol Grammar School Day Co-ed
70 61.67 Headington School - Oxford Both Girls 18,600 36,990
71 61.36 Norwich School Day Co-ed 15,663
72 61.02 King Edward VI School - Southampton Day Co-ed 15,510
73 60.53 CATS College Canterbury Both Co-ed 20,520 37,980
74 60.42 Rugby School Both Co-ed 21,804 34,752
75 60.03 King's School - Canterbury Both Co-ed 27,495 36,360
76 60.00 Lime House School - Carlisle Both Co-ed 11,550 26,250
77 59.60 Sutton High School GDST Day Girls 16,548
78 59.41 St Albans High School for Girls Day Girls 17,730
79 59.24 Bishop's Stortford College Both Co-ed 19,086 30,273
80 58.88 Queen's School - Chester Day Girls 13,080
81 58.39 Kimbolton School Both Co-ed 14,850 24,705
82 58.05 Oundle School - Peterborough Both Co-ed 22,785 35,565
83 58.04 Bellerbys College - Cambridge Both Co-ed 27,060 38,940
84 57.81 Hurtwood House - Dorking Both Co-ed 28,179 42,267
85 57.80 Whitgift School - Croydon Both Boys 19,362 36,411
86 57.65 Eltham College Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 17,058
87 57.51 Warwick School Both Boys 12,687 27,651
88 57.25 St Michael's School - Llanelli Both Co-ed 17,600 27,800
89 57.20 Notting Hill & Ealing High School Day Girls 17,934
90 56.97 Bradford Grammar School Day Co-ed 12,660
91 56.92 Cheltenham College Both Co-ed 27,735 36,675
92 56.83 Loughborough Grammar School Both Boys 12,126 27,411
93 56.39 Cathedral School - Llandaff Day Co-ed
94 56.25 Walthamstow Hall - Sevenoaks Day Girls
95 56.23 Manchester High School for Girls Day Girls 11,472
96 56.03 Leys School - Cambridge Both Co-ed 21,390 31,965
97 56.00 Francis Holland School - Regent's Park Day Girls 19,260
98 55.99 Benenden School - Kent Boarding Girls 36,750
99 55.74 Abbey School - Reading Day Girls 16,530
100 55.60 Cheltenham Ladies' College Both Girls 27,210 40,110

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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