Independent 6th Form Colleges 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 98.00 Oxford International College Both Co-ed 25,167 50,589
2 97.80 Cardiff Sixth Form College Both Co-ed 19,600 46,900
3 94.00 Concord College Both Co-ed 15,600 47,500
4 93.00 The National Mathematics and Science College Both Co-ed 18,600 45,900
5 80.00 Greene's Tutorial College Day Co-ed 22,450  
6 75.70 Brampton College Day Co-ed 21,385  
7 74.00 Abbey College Cambridge Both Co-ed 25,175 55,285
8 73.00 Chigwell School Both Co-ed 19,485 33,975
9 68.00 Mander Portman Woodward - Cambridge Day Co-ed 24,990  
10 67.00 d'Overbroeck's Both Co-ed 24,900 45,300
11 66.30 Hurtwood House Both Co-ed 30,339 45,513
12 66.00 Ashbourne College Day Co-ed 28,500  
13 65.00 Cambridge Tutors College Both Co-ed 15,900 39,990
14 63.00 Bellerbys College Brighton Both Co-ed 24,750 42,405
15 62.00 Mander Portman Woodward - London Day Co-ed 30,756  
16 61.00 Abbey College Manchester Both Co-ed 13,595 39,315
= 61.00 Bosworth Independent College Both Co-ed 13,500 35,500
= 61.00 Mander Portman Woodward - Birmingham Day Co-ed 21,486  
19 57.00 Albemarle Independent College Day Co-ed 23,500  
20 56.00 DLD College London Both Co-ed 24,670 57,330
21 55.00 Rochester Independent College Both Co-ed 19,500 41,500
= 55.00 Oxford Sixth Form College (formerly Oxford Tutorial College) Both Co-ed 25,575  
23 54.00 Bath Academy Both Co-ed 17,400 37,960
24 44.00 David Game College Both Co-ed 24,540  

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This table lists the Top Private Sixth Form Colleges 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.

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  1. We make every effort to obtain results for every independent college, but there are sometimes a few gaps in our data, because the information is not freely available or because a college will not supply it. In most cases this applies to colleges 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 colleges which have not given us their remarks. We encourage all schools and colleges to supply corrections or additions by contacting us at
  3. Exam results are not the only criteria by which to judge a college. The colleges 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 college.
  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.