The Top 50 Independent Schools at A-level*

*The school point score is devised through a new system introduced by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, the Government’s exams watchdog. Under it, equal weight is given for a general and vocational A-level with 270 points awarded for an A-grade pass, 240 for a B, 210 for a C, 180 for a D, 150 for an E. The International Baccalaureate is also recognised with 1,380 points for a maximum diploma score of 45.


AC Academy.
CTC City Technology College.
CY Community school.
CYS Community school with special provision for children with special educational needs.
FD Foundation school.
FDS Foundation special school.
IND Independent school.
INDSS Independent special school.
MODFC College funded by Ministry of defence.
VA Voluntary aided school (usually faith schools which control their own admissions).
VC Voluntary controlled (faith school with admissions controlled by local authority).

COMP Admits all students.
MOD Secondary modern. Admits all students not selected by grammar schools.
SEL State-financed grammar school.
NON SEL Independent school.


1 Hampton School, Hanworth Road, Hampton. TW12 3HD. (020 89795526) [IND///BOYS] 1311.4

2 King Edward VI High School for Girls, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, West Midlands. B15 2UB. (0121 4721834) [IND///GIRLS] 1301.8

3 Perse School for Girls, Union Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. CB2 1HF. (01223 454700) [IND///GIRLS] 1240.0

4 Wycombe Abbey School, Abbey Way, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. HP11 1PE. (01494 520381) [IND///GIRLS] 1235.6

5 The Lady Eleanor Holles School, Hanworth Road, Hampton, Middlesex. TW12 3HF. (020 89791601) [IND///GIRLS] 1206.2

6 Withington Girls' School, Wellington Road, Fallowfield, Manchester, Lancashire. M14 6BL. (0161 2241077) [IND///GIRLS] 1204.0

7 St Swithun's School, Alresford Road, Winchester, Hampshire. SO21 1HA. (01962 835700) [IND///GIRLS] 1198.5

8 Norwich High School for Girls GDST, 95 Newmarket Road, Norwich, Norfolk. NR2 2HU. (01603 453265) [IND///GIRLS] 1194.2

9 Sevenoaks School, Sevenoaks, Kent. TN13 1HU. (01732 455133) [IND///MIXED] 1186.0

10 Warwick School, Myton Road, Warwick, Warwickshire. CV34 6PP. (01926 776400) [IND///BOYS] 1174.3

11 King Edward's School, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, West Midlands. B15 2UA. (0121 4721672) [IND///BOYS] 1147.8

12 Downe House School, Cold Ash, Thatcham. RG18 9JJ. (01635 200286) [IND///GIRLS] 1139.9

13 City of London Freemens' School, Ashtead Park, Ashtead, Surrey. KT21 1ET. (01372 277933) [IND///MIXED] 1137.2

14 Tormead School, 27 Cranley Road, Guildford, Surrey. GU1 2JD. (01483 575101) [IND///GIRLS] 1130.4

15 King's College School, Southside, Wimbledon Common, London. SW19 4TT. (020 82555300) [IND///BOYS] 1128.5

16 Loughborough Grammar School, Burton Walks, Loughborough, Leicestershire. LE11 2DU. (01509 233233) [IND///BOYS] 1128.0

17 The Grange School, Bradburns Lane, Hartford, Northwich, Cheshire. CW8 1LU. (01606 74007) [IND///MIXED] 1125.8

18 Westminster School, Little Dean's Yard, London. SW1P 3PF. (020 79631042) [IND///MIXED] 1125.3

19 Casterton School, Kirkby Lonsdale, Carnforth, Lancashire. LA6 2SG. (01524 279200) [IND///GIRLS] 1116.0

20 Yarm School, The Friarage, Yarm. TS15 9EJ. (01642 786023) [IND///MIXED] 1115.3

21 Merchant Taylors' School, Sandy Lodge, Northwood, Middlesex. HA6 2HT. (01923 820644) [IND///BOYS] 1095.2

22 Nottingham High School, Waverley Mount, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. NG7 4ED. (0115 8452214) [IND///BOYS] 1092.4

23 James Allen's Girls' School, East Dulwich Grove, London. SE22 8TE. (020 86931181) [IND///GIRLS] 1089.5

24 Alleyn's School, Townley Road, Dulwich, London. SE22 8SU. (020 85571500) [IND///MIXED] 1088.7

25= Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle, 35 Cromwell Road, London. SW7 2DG. (020 75846322) [IND///MIXED] 1087.4

25= St Catherine's School, Station Road, Bramley, Guildford, Surrey. GU5 0DF. (01483 893363) [IND///GIRLS] 1087.4

27 North London Collegiate School, Canons Drive, Edgware. HA8 7RJ. (020 89520912) [IND///GIRLS] 1085.5

28 Marymount International School, George Road, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey. KT2 7PE. (020 89490571) [IND///GIRLS] 1085.3

29 Eton College, Windsor. SL4 6DW. (01753 671000) [IND///BOYS] 1084.6

30 Loughborough High School, Burton Walks, Loughborough, Leicestershire. LE11 2DU. (01509 212348) [IND///GIRLS] 1079.5

31 Concord College, Acton Burnell Hall, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. SY5 7PF. (01694 731631) [IND///MIXED] 1076.2

32 Wakefield Girls' High School, Wentworth Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. WF1 2QS. (01924 372490) [IND///GIRLS] 1074.2

33 Bootham School, 51 Bootham, York, North Yorkshire. YO30 7BU. (01904 623261) [IND///MIXED] 1074.1

34 Hulme Grammar School for Girls, Chamber Road, Oldham, Lancashire. OL8 4BX. (0161 6242523) [IND///GIRLS] 1072.1

35 Oxford High School GDST, Belbroughton Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire. OX2 6XA. (01865 559888) [IND///GIRLS] 1068.8

36 Tasis, Coldharbour Lane, Thorpe, Egham, Surrey. TW20 8TE. (01932 565252) [IND///MIXED] 1058.8

37 Magdalen College School, Cowley Place, Oxford, Oxfordshire. OX4 1DZ. (01865 242191) [IND///BOYS] 1054.5

38 ACS Egham International School, Woodlee, London Road, Egham, Surrey. TW20 0HS. (01784 430800) [IND///MIXED] 1051.2

39 Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, 154 Northgate, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. WF1 3QX. (01924 373943) [IND///BOYS] 1049.8

40 St Paul's Girls' School, Brook Green, London. W6 7BS. (020 76032288) [IND///GIRLS] 1049.6

41 St Mary's School Ascot, St Mary's Road, South Ascot, Ascot, Berkshire. SL5 9JF. (01344 623721) [IND///GIRLS] 1046.6

42 Nottingham Girls' High School GDST, 9 Arboretum Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. NG1 4JB. (0115 9417663) [IND///GIRLS] 1046.3

43 Derby High School, Hillsway, Littleover, Derby, Derbyshire. DE23 3DT. (01332 514267) [IND///GIRLS] 1044.5

44 Badminton School, Westbury Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol. BS9 3BA. (0117 9055200) [IND///GIRLS] 1040.6

45 Leicester High School for Girls, 454 London Road, Leicester, Leicestershire. LE2 2PP. (0116 2705338) [IND///GIRLS] 1039.8

46 Southbank International School, 36-38 Kensington Park Road, London. W11 3BU. (020 72298230) [IND///MIXED] 1037.6

47 Birkdale School, Oakholme Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire. S10 3DH. (0114 2668408) [IND///MIXED] 1036.7

48 Sir William Perkins's School, Guildford Road, Chertsey, Surrey. KT16 9BN. (01932 574900) [IND///GIRLS] 1033.3

49 St Paul's School, Lonsdale Road, Barnes, London. SW13 9JT. (020 87489162) [IND///BOYS] 1032.2

50 Radley College, Radley, Abingdon, Oxfordshire. OX14 2HR. (01235 543000) [IND///BOYS] 1030.9

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