Top 100 Boarding Schools by GCSE

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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 98.61 Westminster School Both Co-ed (Boys Only 13 - 16) 31,491 41,607
2 97.60 Wycombe Abbey School Boarding Girls 30,270 40,350 98.70
3 96.66 St Paul's School Both Boys 25,908 38,991
4 94.97 St Mary's School - Ascot Both Girls 29,010 40,740 98.00
5 93.93 Brighton College Both Co-ed 25,770 50,880 96.00
6 92.98 Eton College Boarding Boys   42,501 96.50
7 92.52 Tonbridge School Both Boys 31,587 42,105 94.50
8 90.30 Cheltenham Ladies' College Both Girls 29,280 43,170 97.20
9 87.00 Sevenoaks School Both Co-ed 27,585 42,084
10 86.95 Winchester College Boarding Boys   41,709 93.10
11 86.51 Abingdon School Both Boys 20,655 41,145 87.70
12 84.38 Concord College Both Co-ed 15,090 45,000 88.40
13 83.94 Dulwich College Both Boys 21,246 44,346
14 83.54 Downe House School Both Girls 29,115 39,150 87.70
15 83.05 St Catherine's School - Guildford Both Girls 18,885 31,125 91.00
16 83.00 Wellington College Both Co-ed 30,375 41,580
17 82.54 Radley College Boarding Boys   40,125
18 82.00 St Mary's School - Calne Both Girls 30,045 40,275 85.00
19 81.93 City of London Freemen's School Both Co-ed 19,194 32,985 91.00
20 81.71 Whitgift School Both Boys 20,641 40,141 88.10
21 80.91 St Swithun's School Both Girls 20,976 34,776 84.90
22 79.42 Oundle School Both Co-ed 24,270 37,890 84.00
23 79.35 Chigwell School Both Co-ed 18,885 32,985 83.00
24 77.89 Caterham School Both Co-ed 19,620 38,760 80.00
25 77.69 Benenden School Boarding Girls   39,372 82.00
26 77.35 Badminton School Both Girls 16,836 38,985 85.10
27 77.08 Rugby School Both Co-ed 23,088 36,798 85.90
28 76.70 Headington School Both Girls 19,905 40,185 85.30
29 76.56 Burgess Hill Girls Both Girls (Co-ed 2 - 4) 19,800 35,550 83.00
30 74.80 Bishop's Stortford College Both Co-ed 20,908 34,552 79.00
31 73.84 Epsom College Both Co-ed 26,151 38,568
32 73.47 St Michael's School - Llanelli Both Co-ed 12,963 29,900 75.50
33 73.33 St Francis College Both Girls 18,240 34,350 73.00
34 73.00 Reed's School Both Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 25,530 32,910 79.00
35 71.00 Fettes College Both Co-ed 29,925 36,495
36 70.60 Ruthin School Both Co-ed 14,500 40,500 76.00
37 70.58 Charterhouse School Both Co-ed 33,630 40,695 79.00
38 69.40 Uppingham School Both Co-ed 23,970 38,718 79.60
39 69.36 King's School - Canterbury Both Co-ed 27,495 38,955
40 69.00 Abbey College Cambridge Both Co-ed 24,440 53,650 72.00
41 68.69 St Peter's School Both Co-ed 18,075 33,405 78.80
42 68.38 Canford School Both Co-ed 28,971 38,058
43 67.91 Royal High School Both Girls 14,595 32,286 73.90
44 67.63 Marlborough College Both Co-ed 33,120 38,955 76.00
45 67.36 Mayfield School Both Girls 21,840 35,250 71.00
46 66.52 Roedean School Both Girls 22,245 39,915 89.00
47 66.50 Repton School Both Co-ed 27,288 36,783 70.40
48 66.11 Warwick School Both Boys 13,920 31,431 82.00
49 66.00 Dauntsey's School Both Co-ed 19,650 37,575 70.30
= 66.00 Bedford School Both Boys 19,842 33,558 71.00
51 65.41 Monmouth School for Girls Both Girls (Co-ed 7 - 11) 16,275 33,498
52 65.21 The Leys School Both Co-ed 22,920 34,245
53 65.06 Haileybury Both Co-ed 26,646 36,144 78.00
54 65.00 Cheltenham College Both Co-ed 29,580 39,090 66.00
55 64.46 Ardingly College Both Co-ed 23,985 37,800
56 64.10 Berkhamsted School Both Co-ed 21,420 34,275 72.10
57 64.00 Bromsgrove School Both Co-ed 17,085 38,220 65.00
= 64.00 Christ's Hospital Both Co-ed 23,310 35,850
59 63.97 Ipswich School Both Co-ed 16,326 32,625 70.10
60 63.67 Woldingham School Both Girls 24,660 40,830 81.00
61 63.54 Shrewsbury School Both Co-ed 27,165 40,500 72.00
62 62.94 Ipswich High School Both Co-ed (Diamond model 11 - 16) 15,750 34,650 62.40
63 62.64 Brentwood School Both Co-ed 20,097 39,381
64 62.26 St Margaret's School - Bushey Both Girls 17,991 33,966 71.00
65 62.02 Sherborne Girls Both Girls 21,975 37,050 74.00
66 62.00 Kingswood School Both Co-ed 15,884 33,955 69.00
67 61.97 Clifton College Both Co-ed 26,355 40,575 70.00
68 61.48 Tudor Hall School Both Girls 23,400 38,700
69 61.10 St Mary's School - Cambridge Both Girls 17,031 35,301 66.00
70 60.42 Bruton School For Girls Both Girls (Co-ed 3 - 7) 18,696 31,848
71 60.10 Loughborough Grammar School Both Boys 13,560 33,990
72 60.00 Kent College Pembury Both Girls 23,100 34,419
= 60.00 Bradfield College Both Co-ed 31,080 38,850 66.00
= 60.00 d'Overbroeck's Both Co-ed 24,300 44,400 68.00
75 59.30 Monkton Senior School Both Co-ed 21,510 34,320 71.90
76 59.15 Ampleforth College Both Co-ed 25,374 36,486 66.00
77 59.00 Dean Close School Both Co-ed 25,800 39,600
78 58.07 Queen Margaret's School - York Both Girls 19,500 33,690
79 57.19 Kimbolton School Both Co-ed 16,575 27,555
80 57.08 Malvern College Both Co-ed 26,553 41,142 67.00
81 57.00 The Royal Masonic School for Girls Both Girls 18,360 31,320 67.00
82 56.98 Mill Hill School Both Co-ed 21,987 35,067 63.30
83 56.74 Merchiston Castle School Both Boys    
84 56.70 Stamford High School Both Girls 16,300 30,900 59.90
85 56.35 Truro School Both Co-ed 14,685 31,845 67.00
86 55.69 Monmouth School for Boys Both Boys (Co-ed 7 - 11) 16,275 33,498
87 55.68 King's Ely Both Co-ed 22,305 40,980 60.00
88 55.56 Chetham's School of Music Both Co-ed 25,821 35,697
89 55.44 Leighton Park School Both Co-ed 22,860 38,295
90 55.40 Blundell's School Both Co-ed 23,085 36,960
91 55.11 Harrogate Ladies College Both Girls 17,010 39,765
92 54.89 Malvern St James Girls' School Both Girls 19,020 43,530
93 54.70 Bosworth Independent College Both Co-ed 13,500 31,920 56.00
94 54.24 Wychwood School Both Girls 17,250 29,985 68.00
95 53.27 Royal Russell School Both Co-ed 19,311 38,169 57.80
96 52.86 St Edward's School - Oxford Both Co-ed 31,590 39,480 56.30
97 52.59 Stonar School Both Co-ed 17,715 36,960 38.00
98 52.30 Lord Wandsworth College Both Co-ed 24,975 35,520 57.60
99 51.98 Ashville College Both Co-ed    
100 51.91 Talbot Heath School Both Girls 14,973 26,781 62.00

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This table lists the Top 100 boarding schools in the UK based on 2019 GCSE results. Rankings are based on the percentage of GCSE or IGCSE entries awarded 9-7 and A* and A grades. To qualify for inclusion there must be a minimum of 20 students in the cohort.

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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. Most of the 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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