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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 rank||School name||Town||% A-level A*- B||% GCSE A*/A||2010|
|1||The Henrietta Barnett School||London||97.9||92.7||1||1|
|2||Queen Elizabeth’s School||Barnet||95.7||89.2||2||4|
|3||The Latymer School||London||92.4||91.1||3||2|
|4||St Olave’s Grammar School||Orpington||95.8||83.5||4||12|
|5||Tiffin Girls School||Kingston-upon-Thames||90||89.8||7=||7|
|8||Newstead Wood School for Girls||Orpington||88.3||83.8||14||21|
|9||Nonsuch High School for Girls||Sutton||87||84.7||16||14|
|10||St Michael’s RC Grammar School, Finchley||London||83.4||88.4||21||20|
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 rank||School name||Town||Key Stage 2, level 4 aggregate (07/09)||2010|
|2009 national rank|
|1||St Elizabeth’s RC Primary School, Richmond-upon-Thames||Richmond||900||5||21=|
|2||Our Lady of Victories RC Primary School, Putney||London||900||12||5=|
|3||Hampden Gurney C of E Primary School, Westminster||London||900||13=||10=|
|4||Tetherdown Primary School||London||897||19=||111=|
|5||St James’ RC Primary School||Orpington||897||22||20|
|6||Holy Trinity and Saint Silas C of E Primary School, NW1||London||896||23||93=|
|7||Riverside Primary School Rotherhithe||London||895||25||216=|
|8||St Monica’s RC Primary School, Southgate||London||892||38||69=|
|9||St Anselm’s RC Primary School, Tooting Bec||London||891||47=||36|
|10||St Osmund’s RC Primary School, Barnes||London||891||53||52|
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 rank||School name||Town||% A-level A/B||% GCSE A*/A||2010|
|2009 national rank|
|1||St Paul’s School||London||99.3||98||2=||4|
|2||St Paul’s Girls’ School||London||92.4||99.1||4||6|
|3||North London Collegiate School||Edgware||98.3||96.6||5||3|
|4||City of London School for Girls||London||97.5||97.8||6||10|
|6||King’s College School, Wimbledon||London||96.6||92.5||13||13|
|7||Notting Hill and Ealing High School GDST||London||98.2||88.7||14||39|
|8||James Allen’s Girls’ School||London||95.3||93.5||15||23|
|9||The Lady Eleanor Holles School||Hampton||92.9||98.1||16=||17|
|10||The Godolphin and Latymer School||London||95.1||90.7||25||31=|
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 rank||School name||Town||Key Stage 2, level 5 aggregate (05/07)||2010 national rank||2009 national rank|
|1||City of London School for Girls Preparatory Department||London||888||1||1|
|2||South Hampstead High School Junior School||London||880||3|
|3||James Allen’s Preparatory School||London||865||4||4|
|4||Notting Hill and Ealing High School Junior School GDST||London||859||5||5|
|5||Putney High School Junior Department GDST||Putney||841||8||6|
|6||Kensington Prep School GDST||London||831||10||7|
|7||Wimbledon High School Junior Department GDST||London||826||11||12|
|8||Bromley High Junior School GDST||Bromley||822||12||10|
|9||Holy Cross Preparatory School||Kingston-upon-Thames||804||13||15|
|10||Alleyn’s Junior School||London||771||20||21|
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