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Top 100 Independent Schools by GCSE

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This table lists the Top 100 independent schools in the UK based on 2018 GCSE and IGCSE results. Rankings are based on the percentage of GCSE/IGCSE entries awarded 9-7 or A* and A grades.To qualify for inclusion there must be a minimum of 20 students in the cohort.

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A + A* % Name Day/Board Boy/Girl Day £ Board £
1 99.26 St Paul's Girls' School Day Girls 24,891
2 97.95 Godolphin & Latymer School Day Girls 21,615
3 97.85 St Mary's School - Ascot Both Girls 27,630 38,790
4 97.53 Guildford High School for Girls Day Girls 17,214
5 97.33 Westminster School Both Co-ed (Boys Only 7-16) 29,709 39,252
6 97.21 North London Collegiate School Day Girls 20,028
7 96.40 King's College - Wimbledon Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 21,600
8 96.14 St Paul's School Both Boys 25,032 37,611
9 95.75 Eton College Boarding Boys 40,668
10 95.61 City of London School for Girls Day Girls 18,384
11 95.20 Wycombe Abbey School Boarding Girls 29,205 38,940
12 95.15 Magdalen College School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 18,477
13 94.31 Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls Day Girls 18,393
14 94.18 Perse Upper School Day Co-ed 17,322
15 93.58 Wimbledon High School GDST Day Girls 18,810
16 93.56 Hampton School Day Boys 20,055
17 93.54 Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, Elstree Day Boys 20,346
18 92.75 King Edward VI High School for Girls Day Girls 12,888
19 92.70 Cheltenham Ladies' College Both Girls 28,230 41,610
20 92.45 Highgate School Day Co-ed 20,970
21 92.40 James Allen's Girls' School Day Girls 17,991
22 92.18 Putney High School Day Girls 18,900
23 92.02 Alleyn's School, Dulwich Day Co-ed 19,851
24 92.00 Lady Eleanor Holles School Day Girls 20,196
= 92.00 Sevenoaks School Both Co-ed 26,523 40,464
26 91.71 Notting Hill & Ealing High School Day Girls 18,561
27 90.93 Manchester Grammar School Day Boys 12,570
28 90.80 City of London School for Boys Day Boys 17,901
29 90.44 Brighton College Both Co-ed 24,420 44,460
30 90.30 Withington Girls School Day Girls 12,990
31 89.75 Oxford High School GDST Day Girls 15,546
32 89.56 South Hampstead High School Day Girls 18,654
33 88.82 Royal Grammar School - Guildford Day Boys 18,285
34 88.64 Trinity School - Croydon Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 17,448
35 88.01 University College School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 20,328
36 87.97 Abbey School - Reading Day Girls 17,040
37 87.89 The School of St Helen and St Katharine Day Girls 16,470
38 87.43 Concord College Both Co-ed 14,280 39,900
39 87.29 Badminton School Both Girls 16,425 37,575
40 87.25 Tonbridge School Both Boys 30,342 40,446
41 87.16 Merchant Taylors' School Day Boys 20,698
42 87.00 Wellington College Both Co-ed 29,040 39,750
43 85.82 Royal Grammar School - Newcastle Day Co-ed 13,164
44 85.74 Bancroft's School Day Co-ed 18,123
45 84.92 King Edward's School - Birmingham Day Boys 13,230
46 84.88 St Catherine's School - Guildford Both Girls 18,375 30,285
47 84.82 Channing School Day Girls 19,410
48 84.58 St Albans High School for Girls Day Girls 18,795
49 84.55 Eltham College Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 17,775
= 84.55 Downe House School Both Girls 27,495 37,530
51 84.44 Dulwich College Both Boys 20,448 42,681
52 84.00 Francis Holland School - Sloane Square Day Girls 20,910
= 84.00 Harrow School Boarding Boys 40,050
54 83.79 Headington School Both Girls 19,251 38,286
55 83.78 Kingston Grammar School Day Co-ed 19,230
56 83.70 Abingdon School Both Boys 19,950 39,750
57 83.50 Ibstock Place School Day Co-ed 20,880
58 83.12 City of London Freemen's School Both Co-ed 18,279 30,816
59 82.22 Sir William Perkins's School Day Girls 15,915
60 82.18 St Albans School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 18,600
61 82.17 Oundle School Both Co-ed 23,505 36,690
62 81.75 Rugby School Both Co-ed 22,437 35,760
63 81.13 Stephen Perse Foundation Day Co-ed (Diamond model 11 - 16) 16,830
64 80.88 St Swithun's School Both Girls 20,565 33,600
65 80.57 Queen's Gate - Kensington Day Girls 20,550
66 80.42 Caterham School Both Co-ed 18,900 36,570
67 80.26 Benenden School Boarding Girls 37,950
68 80.00 St Mary's School - Calne Both Girls 29,025 38,925
69 79.74 Reigate Grammar School Day Co-ed 18,720
70 79.67 St Helen's - Northwood Day Girls 17,448
71 79.47 Palmers Green High School Day Girls
72 79.16 Loughborough High School Day Girls 12,549
73 78.91 Surbiton High School Day Girls (Co-ed 4 - 11) 17,400
74 78.79 King Edward's School - Bath Day Co-ed 14,475
75 78.31 Warwick School Both Boys 13,194 28,758
76 77.07 Epsom College Both Co-ed 25,266 37,263
77 77.04 Radley College Boarding Boys 38,325
78 76.87 Howell's School Llandaff GDST Day Girls 14,070
79 76.82 Leicester Grammar School Day Co-ed 13,029
80 76.79 Forest School - London Day Co-ed 18,681
81 76.60 Croydon High School GDST Day Girls 16,656
82 76.20 Bablake School Day Co-ed 11,694
83 76.13 St George's College Day Co-ed 19,185
84 75.72 Ardingly College Both Co-ed 23,610 35,910
85 75.71 Bradford Grammar School Day Co-ed 12,669
86 75.00 Charterhouse School Both Co-ed 32,364 39,165
87 74.91 Exeter School Day Co-ed 13,230
88 74.74 Burgess Hill Girls Both Girls (Co-ed 2 - 4) 18,900 32,400
89 74.73 St John's School - Leatherhead Day Co-ed 24,300
90 74.26 Whitgift School Both Boys 20,136 37,866
91 73.98 Francis Holland School - Regent's Park Day Girls 20,040
92 73.72 Wolverhampton Grammar School Day Co-ed 13,662
93 73.45 Chigwell School Both Co-ed 17,985 30,885
94 73.20 King's High School for Girls Day Girls 12,975
95 72.80 The Grange School Day Co-ed
= 72.80 The King's School - Worcester Day Co-ed 13,989
97 72.62 Marlborough College Both Co-ed 37,815
98 72.28 King's School - Canterbury Both Co-ed 27,495 37,455
99 72.21 King Edward VI School Day Co-ed 16,050
100 72.19 Nottingham High School Day Co-ed 14,865

Notes

  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 info@educationadvisers.co.uk.
  3. Exam results are not the only criteria by which to judge a school. Schools in this Top 100 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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