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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

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 2016. These positions are compiled from the % of A & A* grades at GCSE levels.

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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 99.50 St Paul's Girls' School - Hammersmith Day Girls 24,741
2 98.15 Westminster School Both Boys (Co-ed 6th Form) 27,600 36,462
3 98.06 North London Collegiate School - Edgeware Day Girls 19,062
4 97.82 Wycombe Abbey School Boarding Girls 27,564 36,750
5 97.15 City of London School for Girls Day Girls 16,056
6 96.75 St Paul's School - London Both Boys 23,481 35,169
7 96.66 Royal Grammar School - Guildford Day Boys
8 96.60 Guildford High School for Girls Day Girls 16,242
9 96.10 Lady Eleanor Holles School - Richmond Day Girls 18,945
10 96.08 King's College - Wimbledon Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 20,400
11 95.67 Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School - Elstree Day Boys 18,456
12 95.63 Eton College Boarding Boys 37,062
13 95.49 Withington Girls School Day Girls 12,384
14 94.94 Godolphin & Latymer School - Hammersmith Day Girls 20,148
15 94.75 Magdalen College School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 17,115
16 94.34 Perse Upper School - Cambridge Day Co-ed 16,032
17 94.12 School of St Helen and St Katharine Day Girls 14,745
18 94.04 Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls - Elstree Day Girls 16,446
19 92.83 City of London School for Boys Day Boys
20 92.79 Alleyn's School - Dulwich Day Co-ed 18,126
21 92.59 King Edward VI High - Girls/ Birmingham Day Girls 12,042
22 92.48 Wimbledon High School GDST Day Girls 17,328
23 92.17 St Albans High School for Girls Day Girls 16,800
24 92.12 James Allen's Girls' School Day Girls 16,515
25 92.07 Brighton College Both Co-ed 22,710 39,600
26 91.70 Oxford High School GDST Day Girls 14,424
27 91.37 Hampton School - Middlesex Day Boys 18,375
28 91.14 South Hampstead High School Day Girls 17,547
29 91.06 Notting Hill & Ealing High School Day Girls 17,262
30 90.33 St Catherine's School - Guildford Both Girls 17,550 28,905
31 90.30 Cheltenham Ladies' College Both Girls 26,220 38,670
32 89.84 Bancroft's School - Woodford Green Day Co-ed 16,323
33 89.45 Tonbridge School Both Boys 28,158 37,539
34 89.25 Oundle School - Peterborough Both Co-ed 22,065 34,440
35 89.13 University College School - Hampstead Day Boys (Co-ed 6th Form) 18,792
36 88.42 Manchester Grammar School Day Boys 11,970
37 88.40 Trinity School - Croydon Day Boys (Co-ed 6th Form) 15,906
38 88.24 Highgate School - London Day Co-ed 19,590
39 88.17 St Helen's - Northwood Day Girls 15,978
40 87.72 Merchant Taylors' School - Northwood Day Boys 19,520
41 87.62 St Mary's School - Ascot Both Girls 25,170 35,370
42 87.42 King Edward's School (Boys) - Birmingham Day Boys 12,375
43 87.34 Abingdon School Both Boys 18,585 38,625
44 87.01 Putney High School Day Girls 17,409
45 86.66 Latymer Upper School - Hammersmith Day Co-ed 18,510
46 86.52 Francis Holland School - Sloane Square Day Girls 19,170
47 86.49 Dulwich College Both Boys 18,915 39,480
48 86.00 Downe House School - Berks Both Girls 25,440 35,160
49 85.68 Stephen Perse Foundation (formerly Perse Girls) - Cambridge Day Girls (Co-ed 3-11 & 6th form) 15,975
50 85.38 St Swithun's School - Winchester Both Girls (Co-ed 3-7) 19,575 31,368
51 85.00 Harrow School Boarding Boys 37,350
52 84.54 Radley College Boarding Boys 35,490
53 84.37 Abbey School - Reading Day Girls 15,720
54 84.06 Sir William Perkins's School Day Girls
55 83.36 Channing School - Highgate Day Girls 17,580
56 83.32 Reigate Grammar School Day Co-ed 17,460
57 82.85 City of London Freemen's School - Ashtead Both Co-ed 17,196 27,867
58 82.65 Kingston Grammar School Day Co-ed 18,045
59 82.10 Rugby School Both Co-ed 21,378 34,071
60 82.02 Eltham College Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 16,245
61 81.96 Exeter School Day Co-ed 12,315
62 81.88 Royal Grammar School - Newcastle Day Co-ed
63 81.65 Concord College - Shrewsbury Both Co-ed 13,500 36,000
64 81.58 Whitgift School - Croydon Both Boys 18,618 35,522
65 81.16 Manchester High School for Girls Day Girls 11,253
66 80.41 Headington School - Oxford Both Girls 17,970 35,250
67 80.24 King's High School for Girls - Warwick Day Girls
68 79.65 Ibstock Place School - Roehampton Day Co-ed 19,200
= 79.65 Warwick School Both Boys 12,183 26,397
70 79.45 Solihull School Day Co-ed
71 78.66 Caterham School Both Co-ed 17,478 32,862
72 78.50 St James Independent School For Senior Girls - London W14 Day Girls
73 78.17 Dauntsey's School - Devizes Both Co-ed 17,940 34,290
74 77.66 King Edward VI School - Southampton Day Co-ed 14,985
75 77.60 Leicester Grammar School Day Co-ed 12,342
76 77.44 Queen's College - London Day Girls
77 77.00 St Mary's School - Calne Both Girls 27,150 36,450
78 76.97 Badminton School - Bristol Both Girls 17,850 35,250
79 76.91 St Albans School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th Form) 17,238
80 76.78 Loughborough High School Day Girls 11,472
81 76.27 King's School - Canterbury Both Co-ed 26,700 35,295
82 76.11 St Peter's School - York Both Co-ed 16,935 28,845
83 75.72 Royal High School - Bath Both Girls 13,116 28,374
84 75.61 Grange School - Cheshire Day Co-ed 10,830
85 75.23 Wakefield Girls' High School Day Girls
86 74.83 Leicester High School for Girls Day Girls
87 74.74 Bristol Grammar School Day Co-ed
88 74.54 Howell's School Llandaff GDST - Cardiff Day Girls 13,317
89 74.24 King's School - Cheshire Day Co-ed 12,888
90 74.23 Roedean School - Brighton Both Girls 20,160 36,180
91 74.16 Nottingham High School for Girls Day Girls 12,681
92 74.06 Woldingham School - Caterham Both Girls 22,107 35,613
93 73.91 Queen's Gate - Kensington Day Girls
94 72.87 Nottingham High School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 13,824
95 72.79 Francis Holland School - Regent's Park Day Girls 18,930
96 72.35 Norwich School Day Co-ed 15,060
97 72.29 King Edward's School - Bath Day Co-ed
98 72.00 Fettes College - Edinburgh Both Co-ed 25,545 32,340
99 71.81 Ipswich High School GDST Day Girls
100 71.51 Monkton Combe Both Co-ed 19,995 31,890

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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