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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 2017. 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 99.00 St Paul's Girls' School - Hammersmith Day Girls 23,934
2 98.61 Westminster School Both Boys (Co-ed 6th Form) 28,566 37,740
3 97.72 King Edward VI High - Girls/ Birmingham Day Girls 12,402
4 97.53 North London Collegiate School - Edgeware Day Girls 19,635
5 97.30 Wycombe Abbey School Boarding Girls 28,350 37,800
6 97.21 Godolphin & Latymer School - Hammersmith Day Girls 21,615
7 96.81 King's College - Wimbledon Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 21,600
8 96.78 Guildford High School for Girls Day Girls 16,728
9 96.67 Magdalen College School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 17,784
10 96.19 City of London School for Girls Day Girls 17,181
= 96.19 Eton College Boarding Boys 38,730
12 95.67 St Paul's School - London Both Boys 24,303 36,399
13 95.41 Lady Eleanor Holles School Day Girls 19,608
14 95.25 Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls - Elstree Day Girls 17,433
15 94.24 South Hampstead High School Day Girls 17,853
16 94.00 Sevenoaks School Both Co-ed 26,523 40,464
17 93.63 Oxford High School GDST Day Girls 14,985
18 93.42 Hampton School - Middlesex Day Boys 19,170
19 93.33 Withington Girls School Day Girls 12,639
20 93.32 Alleyn's School - Dulwich Day Co-ed 18,852
21 93.27 Wimbledon High School GDST Day Girls 18,105
22 93.12 Putney High School Day Girls 18,192
23 93.06 James Allen's Girls' School Day Girls 17,265
24 92.21 School of St Helen and St Katharine Day Girls 15,990
25 91.86 St Albans High School for Girls Day Girls 17,730
26 91.84 Royal Grammar School - Guildford Day Boys 17,595
27 91.55 University College School - Hampstead Day Boys (Co-ed 6th Form) 19,545
28 91.50 Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School - Elstree Day Boys 19,470
29 91.29 Latymer Upper School - Hammersmith Day Co-ed 19,260
30 91.19 St Catherine's School - Guildford Both Girls 17,895 29,490
31 90.97 St Mary's School - Ascot Both Girls 26,190 36,780
32 90.60 Cheltenham Ladies' College Both Girls 28,230 41,610
33 90.41 King Edward's School (Boys) - Birmingham Day Boys 13,230
34 89.75 Manchester Grammar School Day Boys 12,270
35 89.67 Notting Hill & Ealing High School Day Girls 17,934
36 89.49 Perse Upper School - Cambridge Day Co-ed 16,665
37 89.29 Bancroft's School - Woodford Green Day Co-ed 17,382
38 88.79 Stephen Perse Foundation (formerly Perse Girls) - Cambridge Day Co-ed 16,830
39 88.76 City of London School for Boys Day Boys 16,731
40 88.55 Merchant Taylors' School - Northwood Day Boys 19,998
41 87.90 Eltham College Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 17,058
42 87.73 Brighton College Both Co-ed 23,670 41,700
43 87.71 Dulwich College Both Boys 19,662 41,040
44 87.37 City of London Freemen's School - Ashtead Both Co-ed 17,541 29,259
45 87.33 Kingston Grammar School Day Co-ed 18,675
46 87.12 Trinity School - Croydon Day Boys (Co-ed 6th Form) 16,656
47 86.81 Tonbridge School Both Boys 29,229 38,964
48 86.69 Highgate School - London Day Co-ed 20,370
49 86.59 Abbey School - Reading Day Girls 17,040
50 86.00 St Mary's School - Calne Both Girls 28,050 37,650
51 85.92 St Swithun's School - Winchester Both Girls (Co-ed 3-7) 20,163 32,310
52 85.64 Manchester High School for Girls Day Girls 11,472
53 85.48 Abingdon School Both Boys 19,275 38,970
54 85.17 Whitgift School - Croydon Both Boys 19,362 36,411
55 85.13 Francis Holland School - Sloane Square Day Girls 20,085
56 84.90 Wellington College - Berkshire Both Co-ed 29,040 39,750
57 84.83 Caterham School Both Co-ed 18,180 34,830
58 84.15 Downe House School - Berks Both Girls 26,265 36,300
59 84.05 Channing School - Highgate Day Girls 18,465
60 83.80 Royal Grammar School - Newcastle Day Co-ed
61 83.74 Radley College Boarding Boys 36,900
62 83.27 St Albans School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th Form) 17,928
63 83.14 Walthamstow Hall - Sevenoaks Day Girls
64 82.87 St Helen's - Northwood Day Girls 16,617
65 82.54 Oundle School - Peterborough Both Co-ed 22,785 35,565
66 82.40 King Edward's School - Bath Day Co-ed
67 82.14 Sir William Perkins's School Day Girls 15,171
68 81.84 Exeter School Day Co-ed 12,777
69 81.72 Ibstock Place School - Roehampton Day Co-ed 20,070
70 81.71 Headington School - Oxford Both Girls 19,251 38,286
71 81.41 Badminton School - Bristol Both Girls 16,185 36,660
72 81.06 Benenden School - Kent Boarding Girls 36,750
73 80.63 St Michael's School - Llanelli Both Co-ed 17,600 27,800
74 80.56 Concord College - Shrewsbury Both Co-ed 14,000 37,800
75 80.39 Reigate Grammar School Day Co-ed 18,060
76 79.84 King's School - Cheshire Day Co-ed
77 79.00 Charterhouse School Both Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 32,364 39,165
78 78.93 Francis Holland School - Regent's Park Day Girls 19,260
79 78.71 Epsom College Both Co-ed 24,177 35,658
80 78.60 Warwick School Both Boys 12,687 27,651
81 78.54 Rugby School Both Co-ed 21,804 34,752
82 78.27 King's High School for Girls - Warwick Day Girls
83 77.82 Grange School - Cheshire Day Co-ed 11,160
84 76.16 Wakefield Girls' High School Day Girls 12,297
85 76.07 Roedean School - Brighton Both Girls 20,865 37,440
86 75.87 Surbiton High School Day Girls (Co-ed 4-11) 16,482
87 75.74 Leicester Grammar School Day Co-ed 12,711
88 75.68 King Edward VI School - Southampton Day Co-ed 15,510
89 75.31 Palmers Green High School Day Girls
90 75.17 Bromley High School GDST Day Girls 16,563
91 75.08 Nottingham High School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 14,307
92 74.55 Reed's School - Cobham Both Boys (Co-ed 6th Form) 23,850 30,735
93 74.50 Nottingham High School for Girls Day Girls 13,122
94 74.33 Norwich School Day Co-ed 15,663
95 74.25 Leicester High School for Girls Day Girls
96 74.13 Croydon High School GDST Day Girls 16,134
= 74.13 St John's School - Leatherhead Day Co-ed 23,580
98 73.67 Bradford Grammar School Day Co-ed 12,660
99 73.64 Queen's School - Chester Day Girls 13,080
100 73.48 Queen's College - London Day Girls 18,405

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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