Young Academic school report: London dominates again

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With ten of the UK’s top 25 state secondary schools, including the top four, London has more secondary schools at the top of The Sunday Times Parent Power tables than any other region. London’s success is revealed in the latest Sunday Times Parent Power – the definitive guide to the best state and independent secondary and primary schools in Britain. The fully searchable guide is published in The Sunday Times and online this Sunday, November 14. The definitive online guide – which can be found at www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/parentpower – contains 2,000 top state and independent schools, searchable by postcode, town, local authority and name of school.

As well as assessment of all academic results on a school-by-school basis, Parent Power enables parents to compare the performance of a given school with other schools in the same town, local authority, region or nationally. There are also live links to school websites and inspection reports.

Now in its 20th year of publication, Parent Power is widely acknowledged as the most authoritative survey of the country’s best schools. The rankings in the secondary school league tables are determined by the percentage of entries gaining A* to B grades at A-level in 2010 (which is given double weighting) and the percentage of entries returning A* and A grades at GCSE. A three-year analysis of Key Stage 2 Sat results at level 4 is used to rank state primary schools, while independent preparatory schools are also ranked on a three-year Sat analysis, this time at Key Stage 2, level 5.

The top 10 state secondary schools in Greater London

Regional rankSchool nameTown% A-level A*- B% GCSE A*/A2010

national rank


national rank

1The Henrietta Barnett SchoolLondon97.992.711
2Queen Elizabeth’s SchoolBarnet95.789.224
3The Latymer SchoolLondon92.491.132
4St Olave’s Grammar SchoolOrpington95.883.5412
5Tiffin Girls SchoolKingston-upon-Thames9089.87=7
6Tiffin SchoolKingston-upon-Thames90.285.51219
7Wilson’s SchoolWallington91.481.2135
8Newstead Wood School for GirlsOrpington88.383.81421
9Nonsuch High School for GirlsSutton8784.71614
10St Michael’s RC Grammar School, FinchleyLondon83.488.42120

The Henrietta Barnett School takes the honours once again as not only as the best performing state secondary school in London but in the whole of the UK. No other state school in the country could match its excellent A levels or GCSE results. An astonishing 97.9% of A level entries were awarded A* to B grades, with 39.3% of papers gaining the highest A* grade, an achievement unparalleled in the state sector. At GCSE 92.7% of papers gained an A* or A grade.

Queen Elizabeth’s School takes second place moving up two places to rank second in the national league tables pushing Latymer School into third place on the back of its very impressive A level results – 95.7% of entries gained A* to B grades compared to Latymer’s 92.4%. Proving their calibre, none of the schools in the region’s top ten rank lower than 21 nationally.

The top ten state primary schools in Greater London

Regional rankSchool nameTownKey Stage 2, level 4 aggregate (07/09)2010

national rank

2009 national rank
1St Elizabeth’s RC Primary School, Richmond-upon-ThamesRichmond900521=
2Our Lady of Victories RC Primary School, PutneyLondon900125=
3Hampden Gurney C of E Primary School, WestminsterLondon90013=10=
4Tetherdown Primary SchoolLondon89719=111=
5St James’ RC Primary SchoolOrpington8972220
6Holy Trinity and Saint Silas C of E Primary School, NW1London8962393=
7Riverside Primary School RotherhitheLondon89525216=
8St Monica’s RC Primary School, SouthgateLondon8923869=
9St Anselm’s RC Primary School, Tooting BecLondon89147=36
10St Osmund’s RC Primary School, BarnesLondon8915352

London also benefits from some excellent primary schools, led by St Elizabeth’s Catholic Primary School in Richmond. For the last three years the school has achieved a clean sweep of 100 scores across the board for English, maths and science – meaning that every final-year pupil gained the level 4 standard expected of them in Key Stage 2 Sat tests – resulting in the school leaping 16 places in our national tables to rank fifth nationally.

A number of schools in our London top ten have made even bigger leaps in our national rankings in the past year with Riverside Primary School in Southwark moving up 191 places to 25th and Tetherdown Primary School in Haringey rising from joint 111th to rank joint 19th.

The top ten independent secondary schools in Greater London

Regional rankSchool nameTown% A-level A/B% GCSE A*/A2010

national rank

2009 national rank
1St Paul’s SchoolLondon99.3982=4
2St Paul’s Girls’ SchoolLondon92.499.146
3North London Collegiate SchoolEdgware98.396.653
4City of London School for GirlsLondon97.597.8610
5Westminster SchoolLondon97.996.572
6King’s College School, WimbledonLondon96.692.51313
7Notting Hill and Ealing High School GDSTLondon98.288.71439
8James Allen’s Girls’ SchoolLondon95.393.51523
9The Lady Eleanor Holles SchoolHampton92.998.116=17
10The Godolphin and Latymer SchoolLondon95.190.72531=

St Paul’s School, in Barnes, secures its place as the number one independent secondary school in Greater London following its outstanding performance this year. An astonishing 53.6% of A level papers were awarded the new A* , the highest proportion in the UK and more than 99 of every 100 A level entries achieved A* to B grades, matching the feat of Wycombe Abbey School in Buckinghamshire, which tops this year’s independent schools rankings. Only Magdalen College School, in Oxford, did better with a marginally higher proportion of A* to B grades overall. At GCSE only 2% of papers missed out on an A* or A grade. These excellent results boost St Paul’s national rank from last year’s fourth place to equal second with Magdalen College School.

In second place St Paul’s Girls’ School also gained an impressive haul of A* grades at A level with 49.4% of papers getting the new award, the third best performance in the country. With 98.2% of entries achieving A* to B grades, St Paul’s Girls’ School ranks joint sixth for A-level results. With 99 out of every 100 GCSE papers gaining either A* or A grades placing (ranking second national), St Paul’s Girls School rises to fourth in the national rankings this year, up two places on 2009.

The top ten independent prep schools in the Greater London

Regional rankSchool nameTownKey Stage 2, level 5 aggregate (05/07)2010 national rank2009 national rank
1City of London School for Girls Preparatory DepartmentLondon88811
2South Hampstead High School Junior SchoolLondon8803
3James Allen’s Preparatory SchoolLondon86544
4Notting Hill and Ealing High School Junior School GDSTLondon85955
5Putney High School Junior Department GDSTPutney84186
6Kensington Prep School GDSTLondon831107
7Wimbledon High School Junior Department GDSTLondon8261112
8Bromley High Junior School GDSTBromley8221210
9Holy Cross Preparatory SchoolKingston-upon-Thames8041315
10Alleyn’s Junior SchoolLondon7712021

The City of London School for Girls continues to top the region’s table of leading preparatory schools, and maintains its number one spot nationally for the second consecutive year. It was The Sunday Times Independent Preparatory School of the year in 2001 and 2005.

South Hampstead High School in Camden takes the number two spot in London and ranks third overall in the Parent Power league tables. With a highly competitive market for private prep schools in the capital, the city’s prep schools dominate the uppermost echelons of the Parent Power table. The capital’s top 10 preps are all among the top 20 nationally with six in the UK top ten.

Data courtesy of The Sunday Times

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