Top Co-ed Boarding Schools By A Levels
2016

In this section we give you our own assessment of the top co-educational private senior boarding schools in the UK. These positions are compiled from the % of A + B grades scored at A levels. Note that this table EXCLUDES results from the International Baccalaureate which are included in the separate table for IB schools.

Rank School A+B % Day Fees Boarding Fees
1 Cardiff Sixth Form College - 98.96 15000 40000
2 Brighton College - Brighton 97.03 22710 39600
3 CATS College Canterbury - Canterbury 96.55 23730 -
4 Concord College - Shrewsbury 95.53 13500 36000
5 Ruthin School - Ruthin 92.05 13000 28500
6 Epsom College - Epsom 86.13 23472 34617
7 Oundle School - Peterborough 85.74 22065 34440
8 Bromsgrove School - Bromsgrove 84.87 15420 33855
9 Kingswood School - Bath 84.84 14382 30999
10 Caterham School - Caterham 84.78 17478 32862
11 d'Overbroeck's Oxford - Oxford 84.52 22350 35025
12 Rugby School - Rugby 84.31 21378 34071
13 City of London Freemen's School - Ashtead 83.97 17196 27867
14 Chetham's School of Music - Manchester 83.44 24573 31713
15 Lime House School - Carlisle 83.33 10500 24750
16 St Peter's School - York 83.28 16935 28845
17 Abbey College Cambridge - Cambridge 83.00 27300 47000
- Marlborough College - Marlborough 83.00 28830 33930
19 Repton School - Derby 82.82 25242 34026
20 Canford School - Wimborne 82.79 25509 33513
21 Hurtwood House - Dorking 82.68 27225 40839
22 Bishop's Stortford College - Bishops Stortford 82.20 18360 28707
23 King's School - Canterbury 79.86 26700 35295
24 Bellerbys College - Cambridge 79.78 26250 38130
25 Clifton College - Bristol 79.39 24330 36780
26 New Hall School - Chelmsford 79.08 18729 28755
27 St Michael's School - Llanelli 78.30 11889 26000
28 Dauntsey's School - Devizes 77.75 17940 34290
29 Haileybury - Hertford 77.29 23802 31674
30 Lancing College - Lancing 77.20 23850 33915
31 Eastbourne College - Eastbourne 77.00 21750 33000
32 Bede's Senior School - Hailsham 76.67 20925 33261
33 Ashville College - Harrogate 76.30 - -
34 Ardingly College - Haywards Heath 76.21 23610 33130
35 Brentwood School - Brentwood 76.06 17400 34135
36 Uppingham School - Uppingham 75.89 24513 35019
37 Bootham School - York 75.82 17520 30510
38 Berkhamsted School - Berkhamsted 75.80 19665 31325
39 Cranleigh School - Cranleigh 75.00 28890 35370
40 Cheltenham College - Cheltenham 74.58 26925 35595
41 Ipswich School - Ipswich 74.39 14403 26643
42 The Leys School - Cambridge 74.30 20760 31035
43 St Edmund's College - Ware 73.86 16560 28110
44 Bryanston School - Blandford Forum 73.82 - 35646
45 Bellerbys College - Brighton 73.54 26250 41700
46 Fettes College - Edinburgh 73.53 25545 32340
47 Oakham School - Oakham 73.46 19350 31575
48 Denstone College - Uttoxeter 73.42 14823 25809
49 Bradfield College - Reading 72.85 28224 35280
50 King's Ely - Ely 72.65 19869 36519
51 Cambridge Tutors College - Croydon 72.13 15498 35400
52 Ratcliffe College - Leicester 71.93 15657 28728
53 Ampleforth College - York 71.76 23223 33390
54 Royal Russell School - Croydon 71.31 17190 33975
55 Monkton Senior - Bath 71.30 19995 31890
56 Christ College - Brecon 71.27 17463 26982
57 Bosworth Independent College - Northampton 70.88 12000 29000
58 Malvern College - Malvern 70.81 23763 37104
59 St Edward's School - Oxford 70.66 28545 35670
60 Mill Hill School - Mill Hill 70.03 20016 31701
61 Wells Cathedral School - Wells 69.55 17895 29948
62 Royal School - Dungannon 69.23 - -
63 Ryde School With Upper Chine - Ryde 68.55 12375 27255
64 West Buckland School - Barnstaple 67.70 - -
65 Rendcomb College - Cirencester 67.50 15000 30540
66 Abbey College - Manchester 67.31 12250 -
67 Giggleswick School - Settle 67.00 19800 31800
- Dean Close School - Cheltenham 67.00 23316 35316
- Blundell's School - Tiverton 67.00 21105 32865
70 Stonyhurst College - Clitheroe 66.95 18615 33429
71 King's Bruton - Bruton 66.23 21330 30687
72 Queen's College - Taunton 65.69 17400 32580
73 Kingham Hill School - Chipping Norton 65.59 18225 30600
74 Sutton Valence School - Maidstone 65.53 20175 31425
75 Truro School - Truro 65.32 13215 25875
76 Prior Park College - Bath 65.26 15915 30510
77 Kimbolton School - Huntingdon 64.84 14850 24705
78 Ockbrook School - Derby 64.29 12180 25215
79 Battle Abbey School - Battle 64.05 15870 29961
80 Plymouth College - Plymouth 63.87 15420 29790
81 David Game College - 63.77 17600 -
82 Oswestry School - Oswestry 63.56 14700 28620
- Gresham's School - Holt 63.56 24900 34170
84 Stowe School - Buckingham 63.21 24780 34470
85 Trent College - Nottingham 63.06 - -
86 Leighton Park School - Reading 62.10 20820 33174
87 Rydal Penrhos - Colwyn Bay 61.90 16140 32145
88 DLD College London - 61.84 19990 34000
89 King's College - Taunton 61.60 20985 31110
90 Saint Felix School - Southwold 61.54 15450 26985
91 Welbeck - The Defence Six Form College - Loughborough 61.44 - -
- Bournemouth Collegiate School - Bournemouth 61.44 13995 27300
93 Rochester Independent College - Rochester 60.33 16500 29700
94 Pocklington School - York 60.29 13614 26532
95 Durham School - Durham 60.09 16479 29700
96 St John's College - Southsea 59.29 11340 26295
97 Loretto School - Musselburgh 59.11 21750 31950
98 Culford School - Bury St Edmunds 59.07 18450 29985
99 Purcell School - Bushey 58.00 - -
- King's School - Rochester 58.00 18210 29580
101 Lord Wandsworth College - Hook 57.08 21750 30870
102 St Christopher School - Letchworth Garden City 57.00 17355 29670
103 Shebbear College - Beaworthy 56.58 12525 24750
104 St Edmund's School - Canterbury 56.21 19671 31716
105 Tring Park - Tring 55.64 22410 33540
106 Langley School - 55.56 14535 29535
107 Millfield School - Street 54.80 24030 35775
108 Walden School - Saffron Walden 54.00 16725 27285
109 Sedbergh School - Sedbergh 52.96 23400 31770
110 Lincoln Minster School - Lincoln 52.15 13158 31050
111 Bath Academy - Bath 51.47 15600 34300
112 Wellington School - Wellington 50.00 14355 29610
113 Royal Hospital School - Ipswich 49.61 15900 29995
114 Lansdowne College - 48.52 20950 36400
115 Barnard Castle School - Barnard Castle 47.87 13116 26655
116 Woodhouse Grove School - Apperley Bridge 47.32 12825 25980
117 Pangbourne College - Reading 47.14 23223 32847
118 Kirkham Grammar School - Preston 46.79 10797 20493
119 The Licensed Victuallers' School - Ascot 44.40 17079 32085
120 Rossall School - Fleetwood 44.00 12450 3550
121 Hampshire Collegiate - Romsey 43.42 - -
122 Padworth College - Reading 42.67 - -
123 Box Hill School - Dorking 42.11 18300 32400
124 Sibford School - Banbury 39.73 13950 27105
125 Elmhurst School For Dance - Birmingham 32.43 - -
126 Trinity School - Teignmouth 31.00 11715 26115

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Note.1. Sometimes there are a few gaps in our data, because the information is not freely available or a school will not supply it. In general this applies to lower graded schools in the table. Sometimes grades improve as a result of appeals on exam results and we will update the data periodically. We encourage all schools to supply corrections or additions. We go to great lengths to gather all school exam results, whereas most of the tables you can see in British newspapers are missing more than 60 top schools. OURS ARE ACCURATE AND COMPREHENSIVE.

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