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Entry to top UK schools

Entry to top UK schools


The United Kingdom is one of the most chosen study abroad destinations that provides an exclusive broad education. In order to get into the world’s top universities such as University of Cambridge or University of Oxford, parents have to consider British independent schools prior to attending universities.

For the last twenty years, Dr Jessica has been preparing students for entry to top UK schools including Eton College, Winchester College, Wycombe Abbey School and Westminster School, sharing experience and insight, including:

What does the pre-test process involve?

How do UK schools use the ISEB Common Pre-Tests?

What tasks do UK schools interviews include?

How can I prepare my child for pre-tests and interviews?

What are the options for people looking for British boarding schools? How can you prepare your child for entry to a selective school?
What on earth is the ISEB Pretest? How can you help your child with the transition to their new 11+ or 13+ school?

UK Boarding Schools A-level and GCSE Rankings 2019


Rankings only give a snapshot of end results; remember that each school has different intake policies and this will be reflected in their ranking. When considering a school, also look at their extracurricular and value add offerings. As you will see, some schools offer Sixth form only. 

Source: GCE A-Level Results from Independent Schools Council and Individual school’s websites

All data is for reference only.

Ranking British Boarding School Name Town Gender A-level A* - B (%) GCSE A*/ A9/8/7 (%)
1 Brighton College Brighton Co-ed 97.2 94.5
2 Wycombe Abbey School High Wycombe Co-ed 95.2 97.6
3 St Mary's School Ascot Ascot Girls 94.9 95.5
4 St Paul's School London Boys 93.9 96.7
5 Eton College Windsor Boys 95 92.9
6 Cardiff Sixth Form College Cardiff Co-ed 99.2 83.9
7 Westminster School London Boys 90.7 98.8
8 Concord College Shrewsbury Co-ed 97.3 84.6
9 Sevenoaks School Sevenoaks Co-ed 93.8 91.2
10 Cheltenham Ladies' College Cheltenham Girls 91.2 90.3
11 Winchester College Winchester Boys 92.7 87.1
12 Tonbridge School Tonbridge Boys 89.9 92.5
13 Whitgift School South Croydon Boys 94.2 81.7
14 St Helen and St Katharine Abingdon Girls 90.6 86.5
15 Abingdon School Abingdon Boys 90.2 86.7
16 Queen Ethelburga's College York Co-ed 92.5 80.5
17 St Catherine's, Bramley Guildford Girls 88.2 83.1
18 St Michael's School Lanelli Co-ed 92.0 73.9
19 Dulwich College Dulwich Boys 86.4 84.8
20 Radley College Abingdon Boys 86.1 83.3
21 Epsom College Epsom Co-ed 90.0 74.6
22 Downe House Thatcham Girls 84.8 84.8
23 St Mary's Calne Calne Girls 86 82
24 City of London Freemen's School Ashtead Co-ed 86 81.9
25 St Swithun's School Winchester Girls 86.4 80.9
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