How to get your child into THE BEST PERFORMING grammar schools

Want to know how to get your child into your nearest top performing grammar schools?

Which are the best performing grammar schools near me?

THE TOP 2024 grammar schools

Step-by-step guide to using THE LATEST grammar school league tables.

Shown first is the top performing grammar school’s Regional ranking, which is followed by this best grammar school’s name and then that leading grammar school’s national 2024 rating.


1. Wilson’s School, Wallington (3)
2. Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet (2)
3. The Henrietta Barnett School, Hampstead Garden Suburb (1)
4. Pate’s Grammar School, Cheltenham (6)
5. St Olave’s Grammar School, Orpington (7)
6. Colchester Grammar School (10=)
7. The Tiffin Girls’ School, Kingston (4)
8. Reading School (12)
9. King Edward VI School, Stratford (10=)
10. Altrincham Grammar School for Girls (5)
11. King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford (8)
12. Chelmsford County High School for Girls (17)
13=. King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys (18)
13=. Colyton Grammar School, Devon (9)
15. Kendrick School, Reading (14)
16. Tonbridge Grammar School (20)
17=. Tiffin School, Kingston (21) Lumen Christi College, Londonderry (49)
19. Dartford Grammar School (15)
20. King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls, Birmingham (27)


How to get into the top grammar schools

Getting your child into your nearest grammar school is all about:

  • Researching which are the highest rated grammar schools in your local area.
  • Planning grammar school and state school alternatives in advance – since there is of course no guarantee of your first choice working out.

  • Realistically assessing your current financial situation. Hence whether private schools are a possibility.


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How to interpret the Sunday Times grammar school league tables

The Sunday Times‘s grammar school league tables make a fascinating read for anyone. In particular, if you are looking for the top independent schools in the UK. The Guardian, The Times and The Telegraph websites allow you to add filters to their published London school league tables. So, you can

  • Pull out the top grammar schools nearby. Then compare your chosen grammar school group on those criteria which are most important to you.
  • Conduct your own analysis to determine which grammar school best suits your child’s specific needs.
  • Visit each of your chosen grammar schools. Which has the right ethos for your child.
  • Check the latest Ofsted grammar school reports too.


Interpreting Ofsted reports

  • Each Ofsted report is an analysis of that grammar school’s teachers’ professional competence .
  • Plus, whether Ofsted’s performance standards have been met across the grammar school.
  • There are three possible outcomes: under-achieving grammar school; achieving grammar school; or outstanding grammar school.

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