Best State Secondary Schools in the UK – UK League Table 2023

Welcome to the unveiling of the much-anticipated UK League Table for 2024, a comprehensive exploration of the Best State Secondary Schools across the United Kingdom. In the ever-evolving landscape of education, the quest for excellence remains paramount. This article delves into the heart of academic achievement, with a particular focus on the 2023 GCSE results and the 2023 A-Levels results as the bedrock the ranking methodology. As parents and students navigate the educational landscape, the league table serves as a valuable compass, providing a nuanced understanding of each school’s performance and its commitment to nurturing young minds. 

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Secondary School League Tables Methodology

In formulating the methodology for the UK League Table 2023 on State Secondary Schools, the primary focus was on the 2023 GCSE results, a pivotal benchmark of academic achievement. The rankings are predominantly derived from an in-depth analysis of each school’s performance in the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) examinations, considering factors such as overall pass rates, grades achieved, and student progress. 

This approach provides a comprehensive snapshot of the educational landscape, offering valuable insights into the effectiveness of schools in preparing students for further academic pursuits. It’s important to note that while GCSE results form the cornerstone of the methodology, other relevant factors, including school ethos, extracurricular offerings, and community engagement, should be considered holistically when making informed decisions about a school’s overall quality and suitability for prospective students.

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Best State Secondary Schools in the UK: 2024 GCSE League Table

This 2024 league table is based on the 2023 GCSE results across all UK state secondary schools.

RankSchoolTownTypeA-level (% A*/A)GCSE (% 9-7)
1The Henrietta Barnett SchoolLondonSelective (100%)7597
2Wilson's SchoolWallingtonSelective (100%)81.395
3Queen Elizabeth's School, BarnetBarnetSelective (100%)89.193.3
4The Latymer SchoolLondonSelective (100%)7593
5Altrincham Grammar School for GirlsAltrinchamSelective (100%)6091
6St Olave's Grammar SchoolOrpingtonSelective (100%)7691
7Pate's Grammar SchoolCheltenhamSelective (100%)92 (A*-B)90.2
8Colyton Grammar SchoolColytonSelective (100%)65.590
9Reading SchoolReadingSelective (100%)7288.3
10Chelmsford County High School for GirlsChelmsfordSelective (100%)58.388.3
11King Edward VI Aston SchoolBirminghamSelective (100%)NA87.5
12King Edward VI Grammar School, ChelmsfordChelmsfordSelective (100%)86.5 (A*-B)87
13Stratford Girls' Grammar SchoolStratford-upon-AvonSelective (100%)5287
14The King Edward VI School, MorpethMorpethComprehensive2487
15King Edward VI Grammar School, LouthLouthSelective (100%)26.2 (A*)87
16King Edward VI Camp Hill School for GirlsBirminghamSelective (100%)60.986.5
17Nonsuch High School for GirlsCheamSelective (100%)53.586.1
18King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-AvonStratford-upon-AvonSelective (100%)72.184.2
19St Michael's Catholic Grammar School, FinchleyLondonSelective (100%)57.383.3
20The Tiffin Girls' SchoolKingston upon ThamesSelective (100%)65.282.4
21Tiffin SchoolKingston upon ThamesSelective (100%)65.282.4
22Altrincham Grammar School for BoysAltrinchamSelective (100%)6482
23Newport Girls' High SchoolNewportSelective (100%)4582
24Sullivan Upper SchoolHolywoodSelective (100%)82.3 (A*-B)80.9
25Woodford County High SchoolWoodford GreenSelective (100%)2780
26Westcliff High School for BoysWestcliff-on-SeaSelective (100%)4779
27Rugby High SchoolRugbySelective (100%)45.679
28The Liverpool Blue Coat SchoolLiverpoolSelective (100%)64.878.5
29Tonbridge Grammar SchoolTonbridgeSelective (100%)NA78
30Dr Challoner's High SchoolLittle ChalfontSelective (100%)5477
31Friends' School LisburnLisburnSelective (100%)NA77
32Langley Grammar SchoolLangleySelective (100%)5376.8
33Sutton Grammar SchoolSuttonSelective (100%)57.776.4
34Strathearn SchoolBelfastSelective (100%)58.376.3
35Dartford Grammar SchoolDartfordSelective (100%)NA76.2
36Southend High School for GirlsSouthend-on-SeaSelective (100%)49.276.1
37St Bernard's Catholic Grammar School, SloughSloughSelective (100%)3076
38Chesham Grammar SchoolCheshamSelective (100%)5075
39Denmark Road High SchoolGloucesterSelective (100%)61 (A*-B)75
40Urmston GrammarManchesterSelective (100%)3875
41St George's SchoolHarpendenComprehensive5474.9
42The Royal Grammar School, High WycombeHigh WycombeSelective (100%)55.174.4
43King Edward VI Five Ways SchoolBirminghamSelective (100%)5774
44Ilford County High SchoolIlfordSelective (100%)3874
45Heckmondwike Grammar SchoolHeckmondwikeSelective (100%)55.9 (A*-B)74
46Sir Thomas Rich's SchoolGloucesterSelective (100%)5372
47Loreto Grammar SchoolAltrinchamSelective (100%)45.171.6
48Bishop Vesey's Grammar SchoolSutton ColdfieldSelective (100%)5670
49Wallington County Grammar SchoolWallingtonSelective (100%)NA70
50South Wilts Grammar SchoolSalisburySelective (100%)NA70
51Banbridge AcademyBanbridgeSelective (100%)59.869.8
52St Benedict's Catholic SchoolBury St EdmundsComprehensive40.669.3
53Sale Grammar SchoolSaleSelective (100%)5569
54Queen Mary's High School, WalsallWalsallSelective (100%)3669
55Queen Mary's Grammar School, WalsallWalsallSelective (100%)3669
56Dame Alice Owen's SchoolPotters BarPartially selective (38%)4468
57Wycombe High SchoolHigh WycombeSelective (100%)5068
58Rainey Endowed SchoolMagherafeltSelective (100%)5568
59Devonport High School for GirlsPlymouthSelective (100%)67.4(A*-B)68
60Sir Henry Floyd Grammar SchoolAylesburySelective (100%)4667.9
61Stroud High SchoolStroudSelective (100%)3667
62Upton Court Grammar SchoolSloughSelective (100%)4167
63King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for BoysBirminghamSelective (100%)3667
64Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar SchoolTunbridge WellsSelective (100%)45.266.6
65St Ambrose CollegeAltrinchamSelective (100%)64.7 (A*-B)66
66Bexley Grammar SchoolWellingSelective (100%)NA65.8
67Lawrence Sheriff SchoolRugbySelective (100%)37.865
68John Hampden Grammar SchoolHigh WycombeSelective (100%)40.364.1
69Bishop Wordsworth's SchoolSalisburySelective (100%)NA64
70Haberdashers' AdamsNewportSelective (100%)4164
71Alcester Grammar SchoolAlcesterSelective (100%)4063
72Beths Grammar SchoolBexleySelective (100%)56 (A*-B)63
73Lancaster Girls' Grammar SchoolLancasterSelective (100%)41.962.3
74Invicta Grammar School, MaidstoneMaidstoneSelective (100%)75% (A*-B)62.2
75The Rochester Grammar SchoolRochesterSelective (100%)NA62
76Royal School ArmaghArmaghSelective (100%)37.561.5
77Cheadle Hulme High SchoolStockportComprehensive74.4 (A*-B)61.4
78Weald of Kent Grammar SchoolTonbridgeSelective (100%)33.961.1
79Lancaster Royal Grammar SchoolLancasterSelective (100%)48.261
80Stretford Grammar SchoolManchesterSelective (100%)NA60
81West Kirby Grammar SchoolWest KirbySelective (100%)3259.4
82Watford Grammar School for BoysWatfordPartially selective (35%)42.557.5
83The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial SchoolLondonComprehensive37.256.2
84Highworth Grammar SchoolAshfordSelective (100%)69 (A*-B)56
85Dane Court Grammar SchoolBroadstairsSelective (100%)NA56
86Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical SchoolRochesterSelective (100%)41.755.5
87Caistor Grammar SchoolCaistorSelective (100%)3755.5
88St Peter's Catholic School, GuildfordGuildfordComprehensive4555
89Twyford C of E High SchoolLondonPartially selective (10%)4555
90Bourne Grammar SchoolBourneSelective (100%)36.155
91Devonport High School for BoysPlymouthSelective (100%)34.854.4
92The Grey Coat HospitalLondonPartially selective (10%)36.554
93Marling SchoolStroudSelective (100%)4454
94The Crossley Heath SchoolHalifaxSelective (100%)2454
95Kesteven and Grantham Girls' SchoolGranthamSelective (100%)NA53
96Gordon's SchoolWokingComprehensive3153
97Limavady Grammar SchoolLimavadySelective (100%)NA52
98Mossbourne Community AcademyLondonComprehensive4852
99Camden School for GirlsLondonPartially selective (7%)5051
100Sandringham SchoolSt AlbansComprehensive4651
101Lady Margaret SchoolLondonComprehensive26.351
102The King David High School, ManchesterManchesterComprehensive74.350.3
103King David High School, LiverpoolLiverpoolPartially selective (15%)74.2750.3
104St Clement Danes SchoolRickmansworthPartially selective (20%)70 (A*-B)50
105Grey Court SchoolRichmond upon ThamesComprehensive4150
106Orleans ParkLondonComprehensive4050
107Calday Grange Grammar SchoolWest KirbySelective (100%)52 (A*-B)50
108Alexandra Park SchoolLondonComprehensive3350
109The Holt SchoolWokinghamComprehensive3348.6
110Parmiter's SchoolWatfordPartially selective (35%)4448
111Cranbrook SchoolCranbrookSelective (100%)28.548
112West London Free SchoolLondonPartially selective (9%)4848
113The St Marylebone Church of England School-Partially selective (9%)5047.2
114St Albans Girls' SchoolSt AlbansComprehensive3247
115Portadown CollegePortadownSelective (100%)4247
116Waldegrave School, TwickenhamTwickenhamComprehensive4347
117Kesteven and Sleaford High SchoolSleafordSelective (100%)69 (A*-B)47
118Oakwood Park Grammar SchoolMaidstoneSelective (100%)49.1 (A*-B)46.1
119Glenthorne High School, SuttonSuttonPartially selective (10%)3246
120Gunnersbury Catholic SchoolLondonComprehensive2346
121Gravesend Grammar SchoolGravesendSelective (100%)20.646
122Graveney SchoolLondonPartially selective (25%)3646
123The Holy Cross SchoolNew MaldenComprehensive36.145.9
124JCoss (Jewish Community Secondary School)New BarnetComprehensive5245
125Spalding High SchoolSpaldingSelective (100%)60 (A*-B)45
126St Mark's Catholic SchoolLondonComprehensive2545
127Parliament Hill SchoolLondonComprehensiveNA45
128Roundwood Park SchoolHarpendenComprehensive3944
129Maidstone Grammar SchoolMaidstoneSelective (100%)2943
130Wirral Grammar School for BoysBebingtonSelective (100%)30.443
131St Leonard's Catholic School, DurhamDurhamComprehensive3343
132Beaumont SchoolSt AlbansComprehensive3742
133Mayfield Grammar SchoolGravesendSelective (100%)2042
134Kings Norton Girls' School and Sixth FormBirminghamComprehensive33.342
135Rosebery SchoolEpsomComprehensive3842
136High Storrs SchoolSheffieldComprehensive4042
137Maidstone Grammar School for GirlsMaidstoneSelective (100%)2641.6
138Yavneh CollegeBorehamwoodComprehensive5041
139The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic SchoolGreenfordComprehensive2441
140Queen Elizabeth's High School, GainsboroughGainsboroughSelective (100%)4841
141Prendergast SchoolLondonPartially selective (10%)3341
142The Cherwell SchoolOxfordComprehensive3340.8
143The Coopers' Company and Coborn SchoolUpminsterPartially selective (10%)32.340.2
144Kenilworth SchoolKenilworthComprehensive31.840.1
145Ashmole AcademyLondonPartially selective (8%)2340
146Guildford County SchoolGuildfordComprehensive2740
147Lymm High SchoolLymmComprehensiveNA40
148Rainham Mark Grammar SchoolGillinghamSelective (100%)35.638.1
149Bristol Cathedral Choir SchoolBristolPartially selective (15%)3938
150Bartholomew SchoolWitneyComprehensive43.238
151Bentley Wood High SchoolLondonComprehensive3138
152Sacred Heart High School, HammersmithLondonComprehensive2038
153Tolworth Girls' School and Sixth FormSurbitonComprehensive50 (A*-B)38
154St Anselm's CollegeBirkenheadSelective (100%)NA38
155The Cotswold SchoolBourton-on-the-WaterComprehensive33.337
156Howard of Effingham SchoolLeatherheadComprehensive3037
157Wimbledon CollegeLondonComprehensive55 (A*-B)37
158Chatham and Clarendon Grammar SchoolRamsgateSelective (100%)2337
159Notre Dame High School, SheffieldSheffieldComprehensive1637
160St Bede's School, RedhillRedhillComprehensive51.836.9
161All Saints Roman Catholic School, YorkYorkComprehensiveNA36
162Balcarras SchoolCheltenhamComprehensive64 (A*-B)36
163Barton Court Grammar SchoolCanterburySelective (100%)25.835.9
164The Bishop's Stortford High SchoolBishop's StortfordPartially selective (10%)57.6 (A*-B)35.8
165Nower Hill High SchoolHarrowComprehensive3035
166Prince Henry's Grammar School, OtleyOtleyComprehensiveNA35
167Harrogate Grammar SchoolHarrogateComprehensive2535
168Charters SchoolAscotComprehensive23.834.3
169Bohunt SchoolLiphookComprehensive4333.3
170Horsforth SchoolLeedsComprehensive3633.3
171Egglescliffe SchoolStockton-on-TeesComprehensive2533.3
172St Paul's Catholic CollegeBurgess HillComprehensive67.7 (A*-B)33
173Maiden Erlegh SchoolReadingComprehensive3333
174The Downs SchoolNewburyComprehensive3433
175The Douay Martyrs Catholic Secondary SchoolLondonComprehensive3333
176The Blue Coat School, OldhamOldhamComprehensiveNA33
177Abbey Grange Church of England AcademyLeedsComprehensiveNA33
178Trinity Catholic High School, Woodford GreenWoodford GreenComprehensive2033
179St Philomena's Catholic High School for GirlsCarshaltonComprehensive3132
180Ralph Allen SchoolBathPartially selective (2%)2931
181Tudor Grange Academy SolihullSolihullComprehensive3131
182Sacred Heart of Mary Girls’ SchoolUpminsterComprehensive2031
183The Palmer Catholic AcademyIlfordComprehensive1230.9
184Tarporley High School and Sixth Form CollegeTarporleyComprehensive2130.8
185Chipping Norton SchoolChipping NortonComprehensive2830
186Christ's College FinchleyLondonComprehensive3330
187Langley Park School for BoysBeckenhamComprehensive46 (A*-B)30
188Glyn SchoolEwellComprehensive2029
189Edgbarrow SchoolCrowthorneComprehensive3228
190Cheney SchoolHeadingtonComprehensive2828
191Conyers SchoolStockton-on-TeesComprehensive1828
192The Arthur Terry SchoolSutton ColdfieldComprehensive2528
193St Cuthbert's Catholic High SchoolNewcastle upon TyneComprehensive3426
194Kennet SchoolThatchamComprehensive20.825.9
195Torquay Girls' Grammar SchoolTorquaySelective (100%)60 (A*B)25
196The Wallace High SchoolLisburnSelective (100%)NA25
197The Willink SchoolReadingComprehensive2525
198Waingels CollegeReadingComprehensive50 (A*-B)25
199Kingsbury High SchoolLondonComprehensive3325
200William Farr SchoolLincolnComprehensive2525
201Higham Lane SchoolNuneatonComprehensive2725
202Nailsea SchoolBristolComprehensive2525
203The Broxbourne SchoolBroxbournePartially selective (10%)3324
204Bishop Walsh Catholic SchoolBirminghamComprehensive1623.6
205Upton-by-Chester High SchoolChesterComprehensive25.123.5
206St Joan of Arc Catholic SchoolRickmansworthComprehensive11.421.4
207The Burgate School and Sixth FormFordingbridgeComprehensive16.4220.73
208Hutton Church of England Grammar SchoolPrestonComprehensiveNA20
209St John Payne Catholic SchoolChelmsfordComprehensive21.218.6
210Pershore High SchoolPershoreComprehensiveNA18

Best State Secondary Schools in the UK: 2024 A-Level League Table

This 2024 league table is based on the 2023 A-Level results across all UK state secondary schools. 

RankSchoolTownA-Levels (A*/A)
1Queen Elizabeth’s School, BarnetBarnet89.1
2Wilson’s SchoolWallington82.5
3St Olave’s Grammar SchoolOrpington77.2
4Colchester Royal Grammar SchoolColchester76.8
5The Henrietta Barnett SchoolLondon75.3
6Reading SchoolReading73.1
7=The Tiffin Girls’ SchoolKingston upon Thames71.6
7=King Edward VI School, StratfordStratford-upon-Avon71.6
9Pate’s Grammar SchoolCheltenham70.4
10Colyton Grammar SchoolColyton65.9
11Tiffin SchoolKingston upon Thames65.2
12Friends’ School LisburnLisburn65.1
13=King Edward VI Camp Hill School for BoysBirmingham64.9
13=The Liverpool Blue Coat SchoolLiverpool64.9
15Altrincham Grammar School for BoysAltrincham64.2
16Tonbridge Grammar SchoolTonbridge63.9
17Our Lady and St Patrick’s College, KnockBelfast63.8
18Dr Challoner’s Grammar SchoolAmersham63
19Lumen Christi CollegeDerry62.5
20Kendrick SchoolReading62.4
21St Mary’s Grammar School, MagherafeltMagherafelt62.1
23The Latymer SchoolLondon61.7
24Sullivan Upper SchoolHolywood61.4
25King Edward VI Grammar School, ChelmsfordChelmsford61.2
26King Edward VI Camp Hill School for GirlsBirmingham60.7
27Dartford Grammar SchoolDartford60.3
28Banbridge AcademyBanbridge59.8
29Altrincham Grammar School for GirlsAltrincham59.6
30St Dominic’s Grammar School for GirlsBelfast59.1
31Chelmsford County High School for GirlsChelmsford58.8
32Strathearn SchoolBelfast58.3
33Sutton Grammar SchoolSutton57.7
34=Dame Alice Owen’s SchoolPotters Bar57.4
34=Aquinas Diocesan Grammar SchoolBelfast57.4
36St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School, FinchleyLondon57.3
37King Edward VI Five Ways SchoolBirmingham57
38Bishop Vesey’s Grammar SchoolSutton Coldfield56
39Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for GirlsSutton Coldfield55.8
40Sale Grammar SchoolSale55.5
41Dr Challoner’s High SchoolLittle Chalfont55.4
42The Rochester Grammar SchoolRochester55.3
43The Royal Grammar School, High WycombeHigh Wycombe55.1
44Ripon Grammar SchoolRipon55
45Rainey Endowed School, MagherafeltMagherafelt54.5
46The Judd SchoolTonbridge54.4
47Nonsuch High School for GirlsCheam54.3
48Beaconsfield High SchoolBeaconsfield54.2
49Cowbridge Comprehensive SchoolCowbridge54
50Sir William Borlase’s Grammar SchoolMarlow53.6
51Hockerill Anglo-European CollegeBishop’s Stortford53.4
52Langley Grammar SchoolLangley53.2
53=Belfast Royal AcademyBelfast53.1
53=Ballymena AcademyBallymena53.1
55Sir Thomas Rich’s SchoolGloucester52.9
56Colchester County High School for GirlsColchester52.3
57Stratford Girls’ Grammar SchoolStratford-upon-Avon52
58Aylesbury Grammar SchoolAylesbury51.9
59=St Mary’s CollegeHull51.7
59=Impington Village CollegeImpington51.7
61=Wycombe High SchoolHigh Wycombe51.6
61=Hasmonean High School for GirlsLondon51.6
61=Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro MyrddinCaerfyrddin51.6
64Royal School ArmaghArmagh51.5
65Wallington County Grammar SchoolWallington51.4
66Ballyclare High SchoolBallyclare50.7
67Wallington High School for GirlsWallington50.3
68=Camden School for GirlsLondon50
68=Methodist College BelfastBelfast50
68=Yavneh CollegeBorehamwood50
71The St Marylebone Church of England School-49.9
72Dalriada SchoolBallymoney49.6
73Mossbourne Community AcademyLondon49.2
74Bishop Wordsworth’s SchoolSalisbury48.8
75Chesham Grammar SchoolChesham48.5
76Dane Court Grammar SchoolBroadstairs48.2
77=Royal Latin SchoolBuckingham48
77=West London Free SchoolLondon48
79Aylesbury High SchoolAylesbury47.9
80Newport Girls’ High SchoolNewport47.8
81Lancaster Royal Grammar SchoolLancaster47.7
82Newstead Wood SchoolOrpington47.2
83=Westcliff High School for BoysWestcliff-on-Sea47
83=Menorah High School for GirlsLondon47
85Omagh AcademyOmagh46.8
86Sir Henry Floyd Grammar SchoolAylesbury46.6
87St Andrew’s RC SchoolLeatherhead46.3
88JCoss (Jewish Community Secondary School)New Barnet46.2
89Sandringham SchoolSt Albans46
90=Rugby High SchoolRugby45.6
90=Bexley Grammar SchoolWelling45.6
92Hasmonean High School for BoysLondon45.2
93=Loreto Grammar SchoolAltrincham45.1
93=Parmiter’s SchoolWatford45.1
95Twyford C of E High SchoolLondon45
96Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar SchoolTunbridge Wells44.9
97The Skinners’ School, Tunbridge WellsTunbridge Wells44.6
98Lady Margaret SchoolLondon44.2
99=St Peter’s Catholic School, GuildfordGuildford44
99=Waldegrave School, TwickenhamTwickenham44
101Bournemouth School for GirlsBournemouth43.8
102Bartholomew SchoolWitney43.2
103The Wallace High SchoolLisburn43
104Fulford SchoolYork42.6
105Watford Grammar School for BoysWatford42.5
106Southend High School For BoysSouthend-on-Sea42.3
107Salesian SchoolChertsey42
108The London Oratory SchoolLondon41.9
109St George’s SchoolHarpenden41.6
110=Enniskillen Royal Grammar School (previously Portora Royal School)Enniskillen41.5
110=Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical SchoolRochester41.5
112Lancaster Girls’ Grammar SchoolLancaster41.4
113=Upton Court Grammar SchoolSlough41.3
113=Kesteven and Sleaford High SchoolSleaford41.3
115Herschel Grammar SchoolSlough41
116Haberdashers’ AdamsNewport40.6
117John Hampden Grammar SchoolHigh Wycombe40.3
118The King’s School, GranthamGrantham40.2
119The Crypt SchoolGloucester40.1
120=St Thomas the Apostle School and Sixth Form CollegeLondon40
120=Orleans ParkLondon40
120=Northampton School for BoysNorthampton40
123Archbishop Holgate’s SchoolYork39.8
124St Paul’s School for Girls, EdgbastonBirmingham39.7
125=Grey Court SchoolRichmond upon Thames39.6
125=The King’s (The Cathedral) School, PeterboroughPeterborough39.6
125=Ysgol EiriasColwyn Bay39.6
128Torquay Girls’ Grammar SchoolTorquay39.5
129Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar SchoolSidcup39.4
130High Storrs SchoolSheffield39.2
131Bristol Cathedral Choir SchoolBristol39.1
132Presdales SchoolWare39
133Silverdale SchoolSheffield38.9
134Watford Grammar School for GirlsWatford38.8
135Roundwood Park SchoolHarpenden38.5
136Townley Grammar SchoolBexleyheath38.3
137Malmesbury SchoolMalmesbury38.2
138=Rosebery SchoolEpsom38
138=Kings Norton Girls’ School and Sixth FormBirmingham38
138=Northampton AcademyNorthampton38
141Devonport High School for GirlsPlymouth37.8
142=Alcester Grammar SchoolAlcester37.7
142=Weald of Kent Grammar SchoolTonbridge37.7
142=Kingsbridge Community CollegeKingsbridge37.7
145Parkstone Grammar SchoolPoole37.6
146=The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial SchoolLondon37.5
146=Caistor Grammar SchoolCaistor37.5
148Alderbrook SchoolSolihull37.4
149=Churston Ferrers Grammar SchoolBrixham37
149=Cheadle Hulme High SchoolStockport37
149=Durham Johnston Comprehensive SchoolDurham37
149=Beaumont SchoolSt Albans37
149=Wembley High Technology CollegeLondon37
149=Nailsea SchoolBristol37
155Lawrence Sheriff SchoolRugby36.7
156Westcliff High School for GirlsWestcliff-on-Sea36.6
157The Grey Coat HospitalLondon36.5
158Stroud High SchoolStroud36.3
159Limavady Grammar SchoolLimavady36.2
160=Bourne Grammar SchoolBourne36.1
160=The Holy Cross SchoolNew Malden36.1
162=Northwood SchoolLondon36
162=Central Foundation Boys’ SchoolLondon36
164=Ilford County High SchoolIlford35.9
164=Hinchley Wood SchoolEsher35.9
164=Tapton SchoolSheffield35.9
167=Wolverhampton Girls’ High SchoolWolverhampton35.7
167=Sir John Lawes SchoolHarpenden35.7
169Rainham Mark Grammar SchoolGillingham35.6
170Denmark Road High SchoolGloucester35.4
171Arden AcademySolihull35.2
172=Queen Mary’s Grammar School, WalsallWalsall35.1
172=Didcot Girls’ SchoolDidcot35.1
174Glenlola Collegiate SchoolBangor34.8
175=St Clement Danes SchoolRickmansworth34.5
175=Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ SchoolGrantham34.5
177=The Piggott SchoolReading34
177=Chiswick SchoolLondon34
177=The Downs SchoolNewbury34
180=Queen Elizabeth High School, HexhamHexham33.9
180=St John the Baptist School, WokingWoking33.9
182The Coopers’ Company and Coborn SchoolUpminster33.7
183=St Albans Girls’ SchoolSt Albans33.5
183=West Kirby Grammar SchoolWest Kirby33.5
183=Katharine Lady Berkeley’s SchoolWotton-under-Edge33.5
186St Benedict’s Catholic SchoolBury St Edmunds33.3
187The Cherwell SchoolOxford33.2
188=Dartford Grammar School for GirlsDartford33
188=Alexandra Park SchoolLondon33
188=The Holt SchoolWokingham33
188=Maiden Erlegh SchoolReading33
188=Landau Forte CollegeDerby33
188=Kingsbury High SchoolLondon33
188=All Saints Roman Catholic School, YorkYork33
188=Hall Cross AcademyDoncaster33
196=St Gregory’s Catholic Science CollegeHarrow32.9
196=Ilkley Grammar SchoolIlkley32.9
198=The Ecclesbourne SchoolBelper32.8
198=Lady Manners School, BakewellBakewell32.8
200Queen Mary’s High School, WalsallWalsall32.6
201All Hallows Catholic SchoolFarnham32.4
202Glenthorne High School, SuttonSutton32.3
203=Roundhay SchoolLeeds32.2
203=Tytherington SchoolMacclesfield32.2
205Heathside SchoolWeybridge32.1
206=The Ridgeway School and Sixth Form CollegeSwindon32
206=Edgbarrow SchoolCrowthorne32
208Dronfield Henry Fanshawe SchoolDronfield31.9
209=Gordon’s School, WokingWoking31.8
209=Kenilworth SchoolKenilworth31.8
211=St Mary’s MenstonMenston31.7
211=Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ SchoolHatfield31.7
213Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for BoysTunbridge Wells31.6
214The Hertfordshire and Essex High School and Science CollegeBishop’s Stortford31.4
215Bacon’s CollegeLondon31.3
216=Southend High School for GirlsSouthend-on-Sea31.2
216=South Wilts Grammar School for GirlsSalisbury31.2
218=Burnham Grammar SchoolBurnham31
218=Marling SchoolStroud31
218=Saffron Walden County High SchoolSaffron Walden31
218=St Mary’s Catholic SchoolNewcastle Upon Tyne31
218=St Philomena’s Catholic High School for GirlsCarshalton31
218=The Elms AcademyLondon31
218=George Abbot SchoolGuildford31
225=St Richard Reynolds Catholic High SchoolLondon30.9
225=Howard of Effingham SchoolLeatherhead30.9
227King Ecgbert SchoolSheffield30.8
228Painsley RC CollegeStoke-on-Trent30.4
229St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar SchoolSlough30.1
230=Clapton Girls’ AcademyLondon30
230=Clitheroe Royal Grammar SchoolClitheroe30
230=Nower Hill High SchoolHarrow30
230=The Marlborough Church of England SchoolWoodstock30
230=The Langton Grammar School for BoysCanterbury30
230=The Folkestone School for GirlsFolkestone30
230=Sydenham SchoolLondon30
230=Huntington SchoolYork30
238Maidstone Grammar SchoolMaidstone29.8
239Balcarras SchoolCheltenham29.5
240=The Cotswold SchoolBourton-on-the-Water29.3
240=Arthur Mellows Village CollegePeterborough29.3
242=Wirral Grammar School for GirlsBebington29.2
242=Queen Elizabeth’s High School, GainsboroughGainsborough29.2
244=Wren AcademyLondon29
244=Ralph Allen SchoolBath29
244=Hitchin Girls’ SchoolHitchin29
244=English Martyrs’ Catholic SchoolLeicester29
248The Bishop’s Stortford High SchoolBishop’s Stortford28.7
249The Gryphon SchoolSherborne28.5
250=Graveney SchoolLondon28.4
250=Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, FavershamFaversham28.4
250=City of Norwich SchoolNorwich28.4
253=St Aidan’s Church of England High SchoolHarrogate28.3
253=Outwood Academy EasingwoldYork28.3
255=Rickmansworth SchoolRickmansworth28.2
255=Norton Hill SchoolRadstock28.2
257The Green School for GirlsLondon28.1
258=Uckfield CollegeUckfield28
258=Littleover Community SchoolDerby28
258=Chipping Norton SchoolChipping Norton28
258=Bishop Luffa SchoolChichester28
258=Wanstead High SchoolLondon28
258=St Bartholomew’s SchoolNewbury28
258=Whitley Bay High SchoolWhitley Bay28
265Hanley Castle High SchoolWorcester28
266=St Mary’s Catholic High School, ChesterfieldChesterfield27.9
266=Beechen Cliff SchoolBath27.9
268=The Broxbourne SchoolBroxbourne27.6
268=Featherstone High SchoolLondon27.6
270Vyners SchoolLondon27.5
271Sandbach High School and Sixth Form CollegeSandbach27.2
272=Harrogate Grammar SchoolHarrogate27.1
272=North Halifax Grammar SchoolHalifax27.1
274=Woodford County High SchoolWoodford Green27
274=Richard Challoner SchoolNew Malden27
274=Monk’s Walk SchoolWelwyn Garden City27
274=Guildford County SchoolGuildford27
274=Hagley Catholic High SchoolHagley27
274=Higham Lane SchoolNuneaton27
280Beths Grammar SchoolBexley26.8
281=St Mark’s Catholic SchoolLondon26.3
281=Central Foundation Girls’ SchoolLondon26.3
283=The Becket SchoolNottingham26
283=Finchley Catholic High SchoolLondon26
283=Maidstone Grammar School for GirlsMaidstone26
283=Highgate Wood SchoolLondon26
283=Woodbridge High SchoolWoodford Green26
283=Wood Green SchoolWitney26
289Kensington Aldridge AcademyLondon25.8
290Barton Court Grammar SchoolCanterbury25.7
291The Kimberley SchoolNottingham25.2
292=The Sydney Russell SchoolDagenham25.1
292=St Joan of Arc Catholic SchoolRickmansworth25.1
292=Formby High SchoolFormby25.1
292=Upton-by-Chester High SchoolChester25.1
296=Reach Academy FelthamLondon25
296=Gosforth AcademyNewcastle upon Tyne25
296=Sherburn High SchoolLeeds25
296=The Willink SchoolReading25
300Brentwood Ursuline Convent High SchoolBrentwood24.7
301Prince Henry’s Grammar School, OtleyOtley24.5
302=Highlands School and Sixth FormLondon24.4
302=The St John Henry Newman Catholic SchoolStevenage24.4
304Queens’ School, BusheyBushey24.3
305=The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic SchoolLondon24.1
305=The Crossley Heath SchoolHalifax24.1
307=Wellington SchoolAltrincham24
307=Heathfield Community CollegeHeathfield24
309Charters SchoolAscot23.8
310Plymouth High School for GirlsPlymouth23.4
311Oakwood Park Grammar SchoolMaidstone23.3
312St Mark’s AcademyLondon23.2
313=Valentines High SchoolIlford23
313=Ashmole AcademyLondon23
313=Chatham and Clarendon Grammar SchoolRamsgate23
313=Chipping Campden SchoolChipping Campden23
317The Belvedere AcademyLiverpool22.8
318Parliament Hill SchoolLondon22.1
319=Rutlish SchoolLondon22
319=Richard Hale SchoolHertford22
321=King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for BoysBirmingham21.9
321=Holcombe Grammar SchoolChatham21.9
323St Bede’s School, RedhillRedhill21.8
324Imberhorne SchoolEast Grinstead21.6
325Coloma Convent Girls’ SchoolCroydon21.5
326St John Payne Catholic SchoolChelmsford21.2
327=Langley Park School for GirlsBeckenham21
327=Chestnut Grove AcademyLondon21
327=Tarporley High School and Sixth Form CollegeTarporley21
327=Highfields SchoolWolverhampton21
331Becket Keys Church of England SchoolBrentwood20.4
332=Seven Kings School, IlfordIlford20.3
332=St Joseph’s College, Stoke-on-TrentStoke-on-Trent20.3
334Sacred Heart Catholic School, CamberwellLondon20.1
335=Sacred Heart High School, HammersmithLondon20
335=Gravesend Grammar SchoolGravesend20
335=Ursuline High School, WimbledonLondon20
335=Wheatley Park SchoolOxford20
335=Waingels CollegeReading20
335=Windsor Girls’ SchoolWindsor20
341Hillcrest School and Sixth Form CentreBirmingham19.7
342Hayes SchoolBromley19
343Chancellor’s SchoolHatfield18.4
344Mayfield Grammar SchoolGravesend17.5
345St Bonaventure’s SchoolLondon16
346Teddington SchoolTeddington14.1

Best State Secondary Schools in London 2024: GCSE League Table

This table provides a snapshot of academic achievement and performance among the best state secondary schools in London based on the 2023 GCSE results.

RankSchoolTownGCSE (9-7)
1The Henrietta Barnett SchoolLondon97.6
15The Latymer SchoolLondon86.5
21=St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School, FinchleyLondon83.3
117=Cranford Community CollegeLondon57
128=The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial SchoolLondon55.4
131Twyford C of E High SchoolLondon55
136=Menorah High School for GirlsLondon54
136=Hasmonean High School for GirlsLondon54
136=The Grey Coat HospitalLondon54
142Lady Margaret SchoolLondon53.6
145St Thomas the Apostle School and Sixth Form CollegeLondon53.3
150=Camden School for GirlsLondon51
150=Wembley High Technology CollegeLondon51
156=Orleans ParkLondon50
156=Alexandra Park SchoolLondon50
160=The London Oratory SchoolLondon49.3
166=West London Free SchoolLondon48
180Graveney SchoolLondon46.2
186=St Mark’s Catholic SchoolLondon45.3
188The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic SchoolLondon45.2
189=Hasmonean High School for BoysLondon45
189=Wren AcademyLondon45
195Parliament Hill SchoolLondon44.8
200=Clapton Girls’ AcademyLondon43.8
200=The Green School for GirlsLondon43.8
202Ursuline High School, WimbledonLondon43.5
205=Finchley Catholic High SchoolLondon42
218=Ashmole AcademyLondon40
229St Richard Reynolds Catholic High SchoolLondon39.2
230=Swanlea SchoolLondon39
230=Chestnut Grove AcademyLondon39
237Gumley House School FCJLondon38.1
238=Bentley Wood High SchoolLondon38
238=Sacred Heart High School, HammersmithLondon38
253=Wimbledon CollegeLondon37
259=Highgate Wood SchoolLondon36.6
265=Mossbourne Community AcademyLondon36
265=Central Foundation Boys’ SchoolLondon36
277Sydenham SchoolLondon35.2
278Southgate SchoolLondon35.1
280=Sacred Heart Catholic School, CamberwellLondon34.9
283=Central Foundation Girls’ SchoolLondon34.7
288=Wanstead High SchoolLondon34
288=Rutlish SchoolLondon34
299Northwood SchoolLondon32.4
300=Ruislip High SchoolLondon32.3
304=St Bonaventure’s SchoolLondon32.2
317=The Elms AcademyLondon30.9
321=Vyners SchoolLondon30.5
324=Alperton Community SchoolLondon30.4
326=Chiswick SchoolLondon30
326=Christ’s College FinchleyLondon30
351=Kensington Aldridge AcademyLondon27
357=Highlands School and Sixth FormLondon25.9
363=Kingsbury High SchoolLondon25
374=Bacon’s CollegeLondon23.5
378=Featherstone High SchoolLondon23
380Reach Academy FelthamLondon22.8
400St Mark’s AcademyLondon14.2

Best State Secondary Schools in London 2024: A-Level League Table

This table provides a snapshot of academic achievement and performance among the best state secondary schools in London based on the 2023 A-Level results.

RankSchoolTownA-Levels (A*/A)
5The Henrietta Barnett SchoolLondon75.3
23The Latymer SchoolLondon61.7
36St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School, FinchleyLondon57.3
61=Hasmonean High School for GirlsLondon51.6
68=Camden School for GirlsLondon50
73Mossbourne Community AcademyLondon49.2
77=West London Free SchoolLondon48
83=Menorah High School for GirlsLondon47
92Hasmonean High School for BoysLondon45.2
95Twyford C of E High SchoolLondon45
98Lady Margaret SchoolLondon44.2
108The London Oratory SchoolLondon41.9
120=St Thomas the Apostle School and Sixth Form CollegeLondon40
120=Orleans ParkLondon40
146=The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial SchoolLondon37.5
149=Wembley High Technology CollegeLondon37
157The Grey Coat HospitalLondon36.5
162=Northwood SchoolLondon36
162=Central Foundation Boys’ SchoolLondon36
177=Chiswick SchoolLondon34
188=Alexandra Park SchoolLondon33
188=Kingsbury High SchoolLondon33
215Bacon’s CollegeLondon31.3
218=The Elms AcademyLondon31
225=St Richard Reynolds Catholic High SchoolLondon30.9
230=Clapton Girls’ AcademyLondon30
230=Sydenham SchoolLondon30
244=Wren AcademyLondon29
250=Graveney SchoolLondon28.4
257The Green School for GirlsLondon28.1
258=Wanstead High SchoolLondon28
268=Featherstone High SchoolLondon27.6
270Vyners SchoolLondon27.5
281=St Mark’s Catholic SchoolLondon26.3
281=Central Foundation Girls’ SchoolLondon26.3
283=Finchley Catholic High SchoolLondon26
283=Highgate Wood SchoolLondon26
289Kensington Aldridge AcademyLondon25.8
296=Reach Academy FelthamLondon25
302=Highlands School and Sixth FormLondon24.4
305=The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic SchoolLondon24.1
312St Mark’s AcademyLondon23.2
313=Ashmole AcademyLondon23
318Parliament Hill SchoolLondon22.1
319=Rutlish SchoolLondon22
327=Chestnut Grove AcademyLondon21
334Sacred Heart Catholic School, CamberwellLondon20.1
335=Sacred Heart High School, HammersmithLondon20
335=Ursuline High School, WimbledonLondon20
345St Bonaventure’s SchoolLondon16

Secondary School League Tables 2023

If you are looking for the league tables and results for private schools in the UK, do check out the links below.

A-Level Results 2023

GCSE Results 2023

IB Results 2023

Best Grammar Schools 2024

Frequently Asked Questions about UK State Schools

This ranking was completed using the latest GCSE results (2023).

While league tables provide valuable insights, it’s important to consider other factors such as the school’s ethos, extracurricular activities, and location. Rankings may not capture all aspects of a school’s culture and environment.

No, league tables should be used as a tool alongside other considerations. Factors like school facilities, teacher-student ratios, and community feedback should also be taken into account to make a well-informed decision.

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