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Which are the best nearby independent school practice tests?
School Entrance Tests recommends finding your school’s exam by name here. This will be the closest ‘mock exam’ you can find anywhere online:
Our other Top Independent School entry prep
- Best UK prep schools and London prep schools League table.
- Pre-tests practice tests (for the two main publishers ISEB and CEM Select)
- Private school entry practice tests.
- Our guide to the top London Sixth Forms and our best private schools London guide.
Then next are the best UK independent secondary schools League table and the more specific London independent secondary schools League table.
Here are the top UK grammar schools and our best grammar schools guide.
And finally you can find out more here about 13+ exam papers for the common entrance exam
Top independent schools league table
1 St Paul’s Girls’ School, London
2 King’s College School, Wimbledon
3 Wycombe Abbey School, High Wycombe
4 Magdalen College School, Oxford
5 Guildford High School, Guildford
6 St Paul’s School, London
7 Westminster School, Westminster
8= Brighton College, Brighton
8= City of London School for Girls, London
10 Sevenoaks School, Sevenoaks
11 Eton College, Windsor
12 The Godolphin and Latymer School, London
13 Haberdashers’ Girls’ School, Elstree
14 North London Collegiate School, Edgware
15 The Perse School, Cambridge
16 The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, Elstree
17 St Mary’s School Ascot, Ascot
18 Lady Eleanor Holles, London
19 King Edward VI High School for Girls, Birmingham
20 Royal Grammar School, Guildford
Top independent school league table
The Guardian, The Times and The Telegraph websites allow you to add filters to their published independent school league tables.
You can pull out the top independent schools nearby. Then compare your chosen school group on those criteria which are most important to you.
How do I interpret independent school league tables?
The independent school league table rankings are going to be based on the national GCSE and A-Level exams. Non-exam based criteria may are also used to determine the rankings.
You need to conduct your own analysis to determine which independent school best suits your child’s specific needs.
Ofsted Reports for independent schools
Check the latest Ofsted report too. Each Ofsted report is an analysis of that school’s teachers’ professional competence Plus, whether Ofsted’s performance standards have been met across the school. There are three possible outcomes: under-achieving; achieving; or outstanding.
When are my local independent school open days?
So now you need to visit each of your chosen independent schools. Which has the right ethos for your child.
Independent School league tables
Who doesn’t love a league table? Although we may all claim to look beyond their superficiality, many of us are still secretly obsessed with them.
First introduced by the then Prime Minister John Major as part of a Citizen’s Charter, School League Tables have been published since 1991. For nearly 30 years they’ve been poured over by schools, parents, even children who like to compare how their school is doing with those of their friends.
Independent school league tables
The Sunday Times’s Parent Power League Table supplement comprises tables for the top 150 independent and state secondary schools, it is the newspaper’s 27th edition of the league tables. It is based on recent 2019 GCSE and A-level exams results – the percentage of pupils achieving Grade 7-9 at GCSE and grades A* to B at A-level.
Unfortunately, if you want to get the full information on schools in your area then you will need to subscribe to The 2021 Schools Guide at a cost of £8 for 8 weeks. This includes the Top 2000 schools in the UK. However, we’ve presented the main findings in this article below.
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Private School league tables
So what do this year’s results show? One of the main findings is that the gap between independent schools and state schools is narrowing. There were concerns that the introduction of a Grade 9 at GCSE (which is above the old A*) might favour independent schools. However, the reverse seems to be true.
In 2016 before the new grade system was introduced, just 79 schools managed to get 50% of their pupils achieving an A*. 63 of these were independent schools and 16 state schools. This year 38 state schools achieved the equivalent benchmark, approximately one-third of the total number.
Nor is it just selective grammar schools whose results are improving (though these schools still dominate the highest places). Ten of the leading non-grammar state schools have increased their proportion of top grades by nearly 50%. Conversely, results in the independent sector have remained broadly similar to previous years.
Independent school league tables
But it’s a complex picture. State school results are not improving uniformly across the entire UK. The Sunday Times’ analysis shows that of the Top 500 schools, 275 were in London and the South. Furthermore, 9 out of the top 20 state schools were in the capital.
Boys’ grammar Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet tops the list followed by girls’ grammar The Henrietta Barnett School in Hampstead Garden Suburb with Wilson’s School Wallington in Sutton in the third spot. (All three schools occupied the same league table place as last year.)
Regionally, areas with grammar schools fare better in the league tables too. For example, Northern Ireland where there are grammars has double the number of schools in the Top 500 than Wales where there aren’t grammars. This is despite Northern Ireland only having half of Wales’ population.
2022 best schools league tables
Outside of London and the South East, the best-performing state selective grammar schools in England were Pate’s Grammar School (ranked 7) and Altrincham Grammar School for Girls (ranked 11). In Northern Ireland, the highest ranked school is St Dominic’s Grammar School for Girls (ranked 23).
Top UK Independent schools
Perhaps not surprisingly, 10 of the 20 highest achieving independent schools in the UK were in London.
Indeed the top three all remain unchanged from last year.
- St Paul’s Girls’ School in Hammersmith is in number one spot
- City of London School for Girls in the Barbican
- King’s College School in Wimbledon.
Top independent schools outside of the capital include
- Wycombe Abbey School in High Wycombe (number 4),
- Magdalen College School in Oxford (6) and
- Brighton College (7).
Have a look here at the the Hampton school league table.
Best UK school league tables
While obviously, these league tables are only part of the picture, inevitably they are bound to put even more pressure on certain, ‘high performing’ schools. Many of these, it seems, are the selective state schools.
In the 2020 independent school league tables, 2,400 children sat the entrance test for Queen Elizabeth’s School in Barnet which tops the Sunday Times list.
More than 860 achieved the minimum academic standard but only 180 places were available. Tougher still was Henrietta Barnett which has 2000 applicants for 100 places.
Getting into these schools is only set to get tougher in 2019 as parents look at how well they are performing in the league tables. With the gap between selective schools and the independent sector narrowing in terms of performance, good selective state schools look set to remain the most competitive in the UK.
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Top Secondary Schools of the Decade
Best London independent schools 2022
1 St Paul’s Girls’ School, Hammersmith
2 King’s College School, Wimbledon
3 St Paul’s School, Barnes
4 Westminster School
5 City of London School for Girls, Barbican
6 The Godolphin and Latymer School, Hammersmith
7 North London Collegiate School, Edgeware
8 Lady Eleanor Holles, Hampton
9 Hampton School
10 Wimbledon High School GDST
11 Putney High School GDST
12 James Allen’s Girls’ School, Dulwich
13 Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith
14 South Hampstead High School GDST
15 Alleyn’s School, Dulwich
16 University College School, Hampstead
17 City of London School
18 Highgate School
19 Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood
20 Eltham College, Mottingham
21 Trinity School, Croydon
22 Notting Hill and Ealing High School GDST
23 Bancroft’s School, Woodford Green
24 Channing School, Highgate
25 Dulwich College
26 Whitgift School, South Croydon
27 Kingston Grammar School
28 Surbiton High School, Kingston upon Thames
29 Old Palace of John Whitgift School, Croydon
30 Ibstock Place School, Roehampton