Best Independent Schools in the UK: A-level League Table 2018


When searching for an independent (or private) school to send your child to, it is important to consider many factors, such as the school’s location, size, facilities, gender profile etc. If you are specifically looking for an academically excellent school, it is also a good idea to consider the A-level league table.

The table below lists the top 100 UK private schools published by The Telegraph. The rankings are based on the percentage of A*-A grades achieved by students who took A-levels in 2018.

Please note:
– The table covers A-levels in addition to the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the Cambridge Pre-U. Results in the IB and Pre-U are converted into A-level equivalents.
– All schools in this table had a minimum of 25 candidates taking the exams.
– The school data shown is correct at the time of posting. Please contact us for the most up-to-date information.
– The data below is ordered by A-level rank. Click on a heading title to order the data by that attribute.
– Use the search box (top right of the table) to search for a particular school, location, region or school type.

 
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RankSchoolLocationRegionDay/BoardingGenderSchool SizeA*/ACandidates
1Cardiff Sixth Form CollegeCardiffWalesDay, Weekly & Full BoardingCo-educational28688.47%142
2Westminster SchoolWestminsterLondonDay, Weekly & Full BoardingBoys (co-ed sixth form)74388.12%197
3North London Collegiate SchoolEdgwareLondonDayGirls109984.8%110
4King's College School (KCS)WimbledonLondonDayBoys (co-ed sixth form)96784.47%193
5Oxford International CollegeOxfordSouth EastDay & Full BoardingCo-educational9683.54%28
6The Perse SchoolCambridgeEasternDayCo-educational161183%175
7Guildford High School for GirlsGuildfordSouth EastDayGirls100082.85%99
8Brighton CollegeBrightonSouth EastDay, Weekly & Full BoardingCo-educational109982.32%205
9Queen Ethelburga's CollegeYorkNorthernDay & Full BoardingCo-educational106382.22%105
10Magdalen College SchoolOxfordSouth EastDayBoys (co-ed sixth form)89782.16%152
11Concord CollegeShrewsburyMidlandsDay & Full BoardingCo-educational57780.79%185
12City of London School For GirlsLondonLondonDayGirls73280.67%73
13James Allen's Girls' SchoolLondonLondonDayGirls108180.21%91
14Royal Grammar SchoolGuildfordSouth EastDayBoys95579.88%153
15Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' SchoolElstreeLondonDayBoys112779.72%153
16Highgate SchoolHighgateLondonDayCo-educational172475.61%163
17King Edward's SchoolBirminghamMidlandsDayBoys88074.47%111
18Manchester High School for GirlsManchesterNorthernDayGirls92773.86%83
19Alleyn's SchoolDulwichLondonDayCo-educational101373.81%146
20St Helen and St KatharineAbingdonSouth EastDayGirls73473.43%92
21King Edward VI High School for GirlsBirminghamMidlandsDayGirls59073.23%75
22Withington Girls' SchoolManchesterNorthernDayGirls71872.92%78
23St Mary's School AscotAscotSouth EastDay & Full BoardingGirls38670.77%62
24Ruthin SchoolRuthinWalesDay & Full BoardingCo-educational35970.42%67
25Haberdashers' Aske's School for GirlsBorehamwoodLondonDayGirls116870.29%109
26Merchant Taylors' SchoolNorthwoodLondonDayBoys91170.09%141
27Wimbledon High School GDSTWimbledonLondonDayGirls97070.06%55
28Marymount International SchoolKingston upon ThamesLondonDay, Weekly & Full BoardingGirls25069.93%53
29The Abbey SchoolReadingSouth EastDayGirls106669.26%93
30St Albans High School for GirlsSt AlbansEasternDayGirls103869.23%79
31Bancroft's SchoolWoodford GreenLondonDayCo-educational114369.21%127
32University College SchoolHampsteadLondonDayBoys (co-ed sixth form)87669.17%151
33Reigate Grammar SchoolReigateSouth EastDayCo-educational100668.68%138
34The Manchester Grammar SchoolManchesterNorthernDayBoys154268.52%182
35Hampton SchoolHamptonLondonDayBoys131368.24%178
36South Hampstead High School GDSTHampsteadLondonDayGirls88367.38%61
37Kingston Grammar SchoolKingston upon ThamesLondonDayCo-educational82966.88%103
38Putney High School GDSTPutneyLondonDayGirls102066.67%82
38St Clare'sOxfordSouth EastDay, Weekly & Full BoardingCo-educational26966.67%116
40St Albans SchoolSt AlbansEasternDayBoys (co-ed sixth form)84865.68%154
41St Catherine'sGuildfordSouth EastDay, Weekly & Full BoardingGirls64965.48%87
42Nottingham High SchoolNottinghamMidlandsDayCo-educational103064.31%109
43St John's CollegeCardiffWalesDayCo-educational53764.17%39
44The Faculty of Queen Ethelburga'sYorkNorthernDay, Weekly & Full BoardingCo-educational56564.14%143
45St Swithun's SchoolWinchesterSouth EastDay, Weekly & Full BoardingGirls52263.91%63
46Oundle SchoolPeterboroughMidlandsDay & Full BoardingCo-educational110463.59%203
47Notting Hill and Ealing High School GDSTEalingLondonDayGirls89463.13%69
48Channing SchoolLondonLondonDayGirls91563.11%66
49King's High SchoolWarwickMidlandsDayGirls61762.75%66
50City of London Freemen's SchoolAshteadLondonDay, Weekly & Full BoardingCo-educational91062.6%120
51Royal Grammar SchoolNewcastle upon TyneNorthernDayCo-educational131862.45%161
52Trinity SchoolCroydonLondonDayBoys (co-ed sixth form)101362.07%131
53Ardingly CollegeHaywards HeathSouth EastDay, Weekly & Full BoardingCo-educational98962.05%122
54Farnborough HillFarnboroughSouth EastDayGirls54561.9%44
55Oxford High School GDSTOxfordSouth EastDayGirls85461.82%68
55Dulwich CollegeDulwichLondonDay, Weekly & Full BoardingBoys182161.82%230
57Eltham CollegeMottinghamSouth EastDayBoys (co-ed sixth form)97561.66%108
58Marlborough CollegeMarlboroughSouth WestFull BoardingCo-educational96260.91%192
59St Michael's SchoolLlanelliWalesDay, Weekly & Full BoardingCo-educational50260.9%47
60The King's SchoolCheshireNorthernDayCo-educational110360.68%106
61King Edward's SchoolBathSouth WestDayCo-educational108759.74%98
62Woldingham SchoolCaterhamLondonDay, Weekly & Full BoardingGirls54459.62%81
63Mayfield SchoolMayfieldSouth EastDay, Weekly & Full BoardingGirls36658.6%55
64Exeter SchoolExeterSouth WestDayCo-educational92257.99%93
65Hurtwood HouseDorkingSouth EastDay & Full BoardingCo-educational34457.78%162
66The King's SchoolCanterburySouth EastDay & Full BoardingCo-educational81957.67%180
67Headington SchoolOxfordSouth EastDay, Weekly & Full BoardingGirls108457.59%142
68The Queen's SchoolChesterNorthernDayGirls61657.29%65
69Queen's College LondonMaryleboneLondonDayGirls58757.27%37
70Caterham SchoolCaterhamLondonDay, Weekly & Full BoardingCo-educational92657.12%151
71Norwich SchoolNorwichEasternDayCo-educational115156.88%154
72Malvern St James Girls' SchoolGreat MalvernMidlandsDay, Weekly & Full BoardingGirls36056.73%32
73Epsom CollegeEpsomLondonDay, Weekly & Full BoardingCo-educational90056.71%167
74Chetham's School of MusicManchesterNorthernDay, Weekly & Full BoardingCo-educational30556.7%70
75Francis Holland SchoolRegent's ParkLondonDayGirls49756.07%56
75The Stephen Perse FoundationCambridgeEasternDayCo-educational122556.07%67
77St Peter's SchoolYorkNorthernDay & Full BoardingCo-educational56955.71%120
78The Grange SchoolNorthwichNorthernDayCo-educational116454.98%92
79Bristol Grammar SchoolBristolSouth WestDayCo-educational100054.83%143
80Burgess Hill GirlsBurgess HillSouth EastDay, Weekly & Full BoardingGirls52454.62%41
81Churcher's CollegePetersfieldSouth EastDayCo-educational112554.61%99
82Bolton School Girls' DivisionBoltonNorthernDayGirls126354.55%87
83The Portsmouth Grammar SchoolPortsmouthSouth EastDayCo-educational109454.4%167
84St Dunstan's CollegeCatfordLondonDayCo-educational93854.37%63
85Badminton SchoolBristolSouth WestDay, Weekly & Full BoardingGirls44854.35%42
86ACS Egham International SchoolEghamSouth EastDayCo-educational57954.34%56
87Bellerbys College CambridgeCambridgeEasternDay & Full BoardingCo-educational23754.17%44
88Bradford Grammar SchoolBradfordNorthernDayCo-educational104353.99%123
89Uppingham SchoolUppinghamMidlandsDay & Full BoardingCo-educational78553.86%172
90Roedean SchoolBrightonSouth EastDay, Weekly & Full BoardingGirls61853.7%77
91Queen's Gate SchoolLondonLondonDayGirls53653.51%33
92Warwick SchoolWarwickMidlandsDay, Weekly & Full BoardingBoys123153.5%149
93Redmaids' High SchoolBristolSouth WestDayGirls64653.4%67
94Sheffield High School for GirlsSheffieldNorthernDayGirls97453.2%81
95Canford SchoolWimborneSouth WestDay & Full BoardingCo-educational65353.19%131
96St George's College WeybridgeAddlestoneLondonDayCo-educational92053.11%125
97The Royal High School Bath GDSTBathSouth WestDay, Weekly & Full BoardingGirls61053.04%58
98Windermere SchoolWindermereNorthernDay, Weekly & Full BoardingCo-educational36152.75%36
99d'Overbroeck'sOxfordSouth EastDay & Full BoardingCo-educational59752.59%117
100Notre Dame Senior SchoolCobhamLondonDayGirls32252.44%27