Boys' Boarding Schools by A Levels and Pre U

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2019 vs 2020 results

2020 pupil grades were derived from Centre Assessed Grades rather than examinations. As a result, significant GCSE and A-level grade inflation has been widely noted in private schools. Thus, we felt it would be extremely unfair to produce new 2020 league tables.

Instead, we have gathered 2020's scores and simply recorded them on the right-hand side of the table, retaining 2019’s league table positions and scores on the left. Further historical results are made available to our consultancy clients.

2019 Results

# A + A* % (2019) Name Day/Board Boy/Girl Day £ Board £ A + A* % (2020)
1 82.14 St Paul's School Both Boys 25,908 38,991 89.00
2 81.51 Winchester College Boarding Boys   41,709 90.80
3 80.30 Eton College Boarding Boys   42,501 85.30
4 69.41 Abingdon School Both Boys 20,655 41,145 69.40
5 69.22 Tonbridge School Both Boys 31,587 42,105 73.10
6 63.85 Dulwich College Both Boys 21,246 44,346
7 62.13 Whitgift School Both Boys 20,641 40,141 75.30
8 58.79 Radley College Boarding Boys   40,125 67.00
9 50.00 Reed's School Both Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 25,530 32,910 60.00
10 47.77 Warwick School Both Boys 13,920 31,431 75.90
11 47.05 Loughborough Grammar School Both Boys 13,560 33,990
12 46.20 Sherborne School Both Boys 31,425 38,775 60.30
13 38.50 Monmouth School for Boys Both Boys (Co-ed 7 - 11) 16,275 33,498
14 37.95 Merchiston Castle School Both Boys    
15 37.00 Bedford School Both Boys 19,842 33,558 61.00
16 9.52 More House School Both Boys    

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This table lists the Top Boys' Boarding Schools in the UK based on 2019 A Level results. Rankings are based on the percentage of A Level entries awarded A* and A grades. Where students have been entered for Pre-U exams the tables include the percentage of Pre-U grades from D1-M1. To qualify for inclusion there must be a minimum of 20 students in the cohort and a minimum number of boarders. Note that there are relatively few Boys only boarding schools and you may wish to look at the co-educational table as well. 

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  1. We make every effort to obtain results for every independent school, but there are sometimes a few gaps in our data, because the information is not freely available or because a school will not supply it. In most cases this applies to schools that would not appear in the top quartile of the table.
  2. Sometimes grades improve as a result of appeals or remarks 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 by contacting us at
  3. Exam results are not the only criteria by which to judge a school. Schools at the top of this table are very selective on their admissions. Be aware that your child may not necessarily thrive in a high pressure academic environment. Please contact us for advice on choosing the right school.
  4. We make a substantial investment of time and effort in preparing these tables, and all copyright and database rights in the tables belong to us. Please respect this by not reproducing the tables or the information within them, in whole or in part, without our consent. If you wish to reproduce any of our tables or the information within them then please contact us for details.