Girls' Boarding Schools by A Levels and Pre U

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Our League Tables show the highest performing independent schools in the UK based on the percentage of top grades awarded to students in 2021.

This year, students did not sit public examinations and grades were awarded by schools according to strictly controlled internal assessment criteria. Simply put, the grades were awarded by teachers. The latest grades based on actual examination results were awarded in 2019, of which we hold almost complete records which are available exclusively to our clients.

Whilst we are confident that the grades awarded in 2021 are a reflection of student achievement it is important to note that, in the case of a number of schools, the percentage of top grades varies considerably from the results obtained in previous years.

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2021 Results

# A + A* % Name Day/Board Boy/Girl Day £ Board £
1 93.90 Wycombe Abbey School Boarding Girls 30,945 41,250
2 90.30 Woldingham School Both Girls 25,500 42,210
3 88.60 St Swithun's School Both Girls 21,918 36,339
4 88.00 St Mary's School - Ascot Both Girls 30,465 42,780
5 85.00 St Catherine's School, Bramley Both Girls 19,775 32,865
= 85.00 Downe House School Both Girls 31,305 42,090
7 84.30 Cheltenham Ladies' College Both Girls 30,390 44,790
8 83.00 Benenden School Boarding Girls   40,848
9 81.00 St Mary's School - Cambridge Both Girls 17,373 36,007
10 79.00 Bruton School For Girls Both Girls 18,696 34,524
= 79.00 Badminton School Both Girls 17,430 40,500
= 79.00 Mayfield School Both Girls 23,250 36,750
13 78.00 St Francis' College Both Girls 18,450 34,770
= 78.00 Queen Margaret's School - York Both Girls 19,500 33,690
15 77.50 St George's School - Ascot Both Girls 24,195 37,980
16 77.20 Rye St Antony School Both Girls (Co-ed 3 - 11) 17,055 29,415
17 76.00 Headington School Both Girls 20,280 40,965
18 75.00 Malvern St James Girls' School Both Girls 19,740 42,810
19 74.80 Sherborne Girls Both Girls 23,760 39,510
20 73.30 Tudor Hall School Both Girls    
21 72.50 Royal High School Both Girls 14,595 32,286
22 72.00 Queen Anne's School Both Girls 25,110 41,775
23 70.00 Moreton Hall School Both Girls (Co-ed 11 - 13) 31,080 37,770
24 69.00 Harrogate Ladies' College Both Girls 17,520 41,355
25 67.80 Queenswood School Both Girls 27,120 37,650
26 65.80 Monmouth School for Girls Both Girls (Co-ed 6th form) 16,599 34,167
27 65.00 Heathfield School - Ascot Both Girls 24,000 38,850
28 64.00 Royal Masonic School for Girls Both Girls 19,278 33,198
29 60.00 The Godolphin School Both Girls 22,335 39,165

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This table lists the Top Girls' 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.

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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. The 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.
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