It is more difficult to rank 6th form colleges than independent schools, because many of them do not release their results or they provide them in inconsistent formats. For this table, we have used the results (audited and unaudited) of those colleges, which are prepared to publicise them. We have simply taken the percentage of total A level entries, which were grades A* or A. Some colleges would argue that A level resits should be excluded, but perversely their inclusion can sometimes depress the overall average grades. We have not included GCSEs because many colleges do not offer them or focus either on resits or short term GCSE courses. Some colleges are very selective on entry criteria whereas others may specialise in taking students with previous poor exam performance in order to transform their results. Thus you may need to ask colleges about their added value performance. For these reasons we refer to this as a results table rather than a league table.
Please be aware that exam success is only one criterion in the search for a sixth form college. You are encouraged to read our free downloadable eGuide on how to select an independent sixth form college.
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|A + A* %||Name||Day/Board||Boy/Girl||Day £||Board £|
|1||93.37||Cardiff Sixth Form College||Both||Co-ed||15,000||40,000|
|2||78.47||Concord College - Shrewsbury||Both||Co-ed||13,500||36,000|
|3||62.07||CATS College Canterbury||Both||Co-ed||23,730||36,600|
|4||61.00||Abbey College - Cambridge||Both||Co-ed||27,300||47,000|
|5||56.42||Hurtwood House - Dorking||Both||Co-ed||27,225||40,839|
|6||56.18||Bellerbys College - Cambridge||Both||Co-ed||26,250||38,130|
|7||55.43||CATS College Cambridge||Both||Co-ed||25,305||43,080|
|9||50.45||Ashbourne Independent Sixth Form College||Day||Co-ed||24,750|
|10||47.62||Bellerbys College - Brighton||Both||Co-ed||26,250||41,700|
|11||47.02||Albemarle Independent College - London||Day||Co-ed||19,750|
|12||46.15||Abbey College - Manchester||Both||Co-ed||12,250|
|13||45.90||Cambridge Tutors College - Croydon||Both||Co-ed||15,498||35,400|
|14||44.00||Brampton College - Hendon||Day||Co-ed||18,535|
|15||43.68||Bosworth Independent College||Both||Co-ed||12,000||29,000|
|16||40.10||David Game College - London||Both||Co-ed||17,600|
|17||39.00||Cambridge Centre For Sixth Form Studies (CCSS)||Both||Co-ed||19,950||46,150|
|18||37.60||DLD College London||Both||Co-ed||19,990||34,000|
|19||36.22||Mander Portman Woodward - London||Day||Co-ed||28,122|
|20||33.77||Welbeck - Loughborough||Boarding||Co-ed|
|22||30.48||Rochester Independent College||Both||Co-ed||16,500||29,700|
|23||25.00||Campbell Harris - London||Homestay||Co-ed||18,900|
|26||21.70||Fine Arts College Hampstead||Day||Co-ed|
|27||16.67||Acorn House College||Day||Co-ed|