Best schools in London and Greater London

Best schools in London and Greater London

based on A level and IB exams 2018


This page presents information about best UK schools,which are to be found in London, Greater London or surrounding counties. By top schools for the purposes of the list we took schools that showed the best exam attainment in the last (2018) year. As most popular end-of-school results in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are A-levels, the schools are listed in the order of the highest exam marks downwards (A* and A) with occasional IB results (as the second most popular form of the end-of-school results).

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best schools in London

Top girls-only schools

      1. St Paul’s Girls’ SchoolHammersmith and Fulham, London. A-level 2018 – 59.8% А* and 89.9% A*/A. The school is infamous with its consistently high exam results both for GCSEs and A-levels. The admission to the school is through exam process at the age of 11 or 16 years. The school is located very close to the centre of London in the Hammersmith and Fulham borough.
      2. North London Collegiate School, Harrow. A-level 2018 – 85% A*/A  (IB average – 42.4). This North London school is often positioned close behind St Paul’s Girls’ in the league tables of UK schools. A-level is not the only end-of-school exam form as students have a choice of IB should they prefer it. There is also an option to start the school at the age of 4 or 7 years apart from the usual 11 and 16. So those lucky enough to secure a place at the age of 4 have an option of not having to worry about changing schools and/or friends until the end of the school.
      3. City of London School for Girls, City of London. A-level 2018 – 49% A* and 80,67% A*/A. Another girls-only school for top achievers. Girls can come here to start in Year 3, Year 7 or at the age of 16. The location is very central and convenient for all the museums, art galleries, concert halls, etc London is well known for.
      4. The Godolphin and Latymer School, Hammersmith and Fulham. A-level – 33% A* and 72% A*/A; IB average – 39.7. A very sought-after school for girls who can start here in Year 7 or Year 12. The school offers A-level as well as IB. The location is as with St Paul’s Girls’ in Hammersmith and Fulham borough.

      5. The Lady Eleanor Holles School, Hampton. A-level – 35% A* and 75% A*/A. A well known girls-only school located just outside of London. A distance to Central London is well compensated by spacious grounds, which allow for plenty of sports opportunities.
      6. James Allen’s Girls’ School, Dulwich. A-level – 38% A*  and 76% A*/А. JAGS has a senior school for girls from 11-18 years and a prep-school for those wishing to start at the age of 4 and continue your school years without major changes. The school is in Dulwich area of London, which is connected to London centre by a short train ride.
      7. Wycombe Abbey School, Buckinghamshire. A-level – 36.6% A* and 84% A*/A. A famous boarding school for high achieving girls within 25 minutes train ride from London. The admission to Wycombe Abbey is for Year 7 and Year 12. 
      8. Guildford High School for Girls, Surrey. A-level – 43,4% A* and 82.85% A*/A. Founded in the 19th century the school admit girls from the age of 4. Main admission points are 4+, 7+, 11+, 16+. This is a prestigious day school, which is highly valued for its successful exam results. The school located in Guildford town in Surrey county
      9. The Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls, Hertfordshire. A-level – 28.53% A* and 71.77% A*/А. This Herdfordshire-based school is often referred to as Habs. Founded in 1875, it accepts girls from the age of 4 to 18.
      10. St Albans High School for Girls, Hertfordshire. A-level – 27.94% A* and 70.45% A*/A. Another Herdfordshire based school St Albans is highly selective independent day school, which admits girls from the age of 4 until 18 with a few entry points in-between

      11. St Mary’s School, Ascot. A-level 2018 – 32% A*   and  70% A*/А. A Roman Catholic school based in Ascot area, Berkshire the school also has facilities for boarding. Set on 55 acres it has plenty of recreational opportunities for day students and boarders alike.
      12. St Catherine’s School, Bramley. A-level – 27% A* and 66% A*/A. Day and boarding girls-only school near Guildford, Surrey. School admits girls aged from four to eighteen 
      13. South Hampstead High School, Camden. A-level – 67%  A*/А. Girls-only school in North London.
      14. Notting Hill and Ealing High SchoolEaling. A-level – 26% A* and 65% A*/А. School for girls in West London
      15. Channing School , Haringey. A-level – 62.6% A*/А. An independent day school in Highgate area of London. The junior school admits girls aged from 4 to 11, senior school from 11-16 and sixth form is for girls from 16 to 18.
      16. Wimbledon High School, Wimbledon. A-level – 27% A* and 70% A*/A . A girls-only school in Wimbledon, South West London. admits students aged from 4 to 18.
      17. Putney High School GDSTPutney. A-level – 24.7% A* and 69.4% A*/А. A day school for girls in Putney area of South West London is for students from 4 to 18 years old
      18. Queen’s College, Central London. A-level – 14.5% A* and 57.3% A*/А. A school in the centre of London (Harley street) is for girls from 11 to 18 years old
      19. Francis Holland School, Regent’s Park. A-level – 23% A* and 54.9% A*/А. A Central London day school for girls aged 11-18

top schools in London

Top boys-only schools in London 

    1. St Paul’s School, Barnes. A-level – 51%  A*, 82.4 % – A*/A. A prestigious boys-only school in Barnes, London. The junior school for boys aged from 7 to 13 and senior school from 13 to 18. 
    2. Westminster School, Westminster (from 6th form – coeducational).  A-level – 57.5% A* and 88.1% A*/А. Junior school is for boys aged 7-13 and senior schools is for boys aged 13-18. From the age of 16 the school also admits girls. The school is located in Westminster borough, Central London.
    3. City of London School, City of London. A-level – 62.38% A*/A. A very central school for boys aged 10 to 18. The school has close links to its sister school City of London School for Girls.
    4. Hampton School, Hampton. A-level – 30% A*  and 68.4% A*/A. Founded in 1557, this school is for boys aged from 11 to 18. The school is located in Hampton, Greater London.
    5. University College School, Hampstead. A-level 31% A*and 70% A*/ А. A day school for boys in North West London is generally know as UCS. UCS admits students aged from 11 to 18.
    6. Harrow School, Harrow. A-level  – 31% A*, 64% A*/A. Founded in 16th century Harrow is a boarding school for boys aged 13 to 18. It is one of the oldest and most famous school in the world with many illustrious alumnies. 
    7. Royal Grammar School, Guildford. A-level – 41.3% A* and 83% A*/A. The school commonly known as RGS is an all-boys day school in Guildford, Surrey. The school admits children aged 11-18.
    8. Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, Hertfordshire. A-level 2018 – 42% A* and 80% A*/A. A day school for boys aged 5-18 in Hertfordshire, England. 

    9. King’s College School, Wimbledon (from 6th form – coeducational). A-level – 45.4% A* and 78.6% A*/A; IB exam average — 41,09. A very selective independent day school founded in the 19th century. The school in Wimbledon accepts boys aged 7-18 and girls 16-18. The senior school children has a choice between A-level and IB.
    10. Dulwich College, Southwark. A-level – 26.8% A* and 61.5% A*/А. A day and boarding school in Dulwich founded in 1619. The school admits boys aged from 2 to 18.
    11. Whitgift School, Croydon. IB average 38; A level – 16.4% A* and 67.8% A*/A. An independent and boarding school for boys aged 10-18. The students have a choice between A-level and IB.
    12. Eltham College, Bromley. A-level – 20% A* and 57% A*/A. A school admits boys aged 7-18 and girls aged 16-18. The school is in South-East London. The school is becoming fully co-educational from 2020.
    13. Tonbridge School, Kent. A-level – 33% A* and 67% A*/А. Founded in 1553, the all-boys day and boarding school in Kent county admits boys aged 13-18. 
    14. Merchant Taylors’ School, Hertfordshire. A-level – 31% A* and 71% A*/A. The Hertfordshire school is for boys aged 11-18.
    15. Charterhouse School, Surrey. IB average 35. A boarding school in Godalming, Surrey. Educates 800 studens aged from 13-18. At the moment it is all-boys school but becoming fully coeducational in 2020.

Top co-educational schools

      1. Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith and Fulham. A-level – 33% A* and 66% A*/A. A very selective day school in Hammersmith, London, founded in 1624. It is a coeducational school with over 1200 students aged 11-18.
      2. Alleyn’s School, Dulwich. A-level – 36% A* and 74% A*/A. A mixed day school for children aged 4-18 in Dulwich, South-East London.
      3. Highgate School, Haringey. A-level – 39,1% A* and 75,8% A*/A. A co-educational day school In Highgate, North London, The school admits children aged 3-18. 
      4. Kingston Grammar School, Kingston upon Thames. A-level – 30% A*  and 66% A*/А. Founded in 16 century, the selective school is boys and girls aged 11-18. The school is Kingston-upon-Thames, south-west London.
      5. Bancrofts School, Redbridge. A-level – 35% A* and 69% A*/A. A mixed independent school in Royal Borough Redbridge of London. There are over 1000 pupils aged from 7-18, about 200 of whom are in Prep-School and around 800 in senior school.
      6. City of London Freemen’s School, Surrey. A-level – 27% A*  and 66% A*/А. A co-educational day and boarding school in Surrey county.

      7. The Perse School, Cambridge. A-level – 48% A* and 83% A*/A. A mixed school in Cambridge, England. Founded in 1615, the school admits children aged 3-18.
      8. Brighton College, Brighton. A-level – 39.5% A* and 82.5% A*/A. A day and boarding school for children aged 13 to 18 in Brighton, Sussex.
      9. Sevenoaks School, Kent. IB average 39.6. A highly selective mixed day school for children aged 11 to 18 and boarding from the age of 13 in Sevenoaks, Kent, England. The children study the IB curriculum in the sixth form here.
      10. Wellington College, Berkshire. A co-educational day and boarding school for children aged 13 to 18 in Berkshire, England. 
      11. Reigate Grammar School, Surrey. A-level – 68.66% A*/А. A mixed day school in Reigate, Surrey for children aged 2-18.
      12. Caterham School, Surrey. A-level – 25% A* and 60% A*/А. A mixed day and boarding school in Surrey for children aged 11 to 18.
      13. Epsom College, Surrey. A-level – 20% A* and 57% A*/A. A co-educational day and boarding school in Surrey for children aged 11-18.