London’s top performing state primary schools

The Department of Education published the new SATS results for 2012 last week and we can finally update the list of top performing state primary schools in London this year. This list is based on the average point score per pupil reached in each school. Keep in mind that schools with the highest average point score aren’t necessarily “the best” depending on what you’re looking for, but if you are looking for schools with high academic achievement among pupils (for whichever reason, be it quality of teaching or privileged student intake), these are the schools to target. Unfortunately, you will see a lot of these schools are voluntary aided, meaning they would require a certain religious orientation and religious practice from parents so their child can attend. But there are a few community primaries. CofE refers to Church of England schools, RC to Roman Catholic. If you don’t see RC or CofE in the name, chances are you are looking at a community primary that admits pupils based on proximity to the school (such as Sheen Mount Primary in Richmond or Fox Primary in Notting Hill).

If you want to know the highest performing state primary in England, by the way, that has been the Newton Farm Infant in Junior School in Harrow, by the way, but interestingly it is just being investigated for manipulation of SATS results, so you may do well to take all test results with a grain of salt. Some schools don’t prep their pupils for the tests and go about their curriculum and extracurriculars as normal, other schools really try to focus on these tests to look good in league tables, so don’t automatically assume a school with higher test results is better for your child. But, for what it’s worth, here’s the data for London state primary schools:

School Borough Average Score
1. Hampden Gurney CofE Westminster 33.3
2. St Mary’s CofE Primary Wandsworth 33.0
3. The Queen’s CofE Primary Richmond 33.0
4. All Saint’s CofE, Putney Wandsworth 32.5
5. St James RC Primary Richmond 32.4
6. Sheen Mount Primary Richmond 32.2
7. The Cathedral School of St Saviour and St Mary Ovary Southwark 32.9
8. Fox Primary School Kensington and Chelsea 32.7
9. St Stephen’s CofE Hammersmith and Fulham 32.5
10. Good Shepherd RC Hammersmith and Fulham 32.4
11. Barnes Primary School Richmond 31.9
12. Eleanor Palmer Primary Camden 31.9
13. Oratory RC Primary Kensington and Chelsea 31.8
14. The Vineyard Primary Richmond 31.8
15. St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Richmond 31.7
16. Holy Trinity and St Silas CofE Primary, NW1 Camden 31.6
17. London Oratory School (RC) Hammersmith and Fulham 31.6
18. Thomas Jones Primary Kensington and Chelsea 31.6
19. Rhodes Avenue Primary Haringey 31.6
20. Sir John Cass’s Foundation City of London 31.5

Wondering about school catchment areas? Look no further! Here’s a round up of catchment areas of London’s best state primary schools!

12 comments… add one
  • Gul January 31, 2013, 11:28 AM

    Hi, I think thise list should include 50 schools which can hopefully then involve other areas of London. Thanks

    • London Preprep January 31, 2013, 11:33 AM

      Hi Gul,

      sure, the full dataset is available for everyone on the Department of education website, and would include other London Boroughs such as Bromley, Lewisham and surrounding areas such as Harrow. You can actually find a complete list which includes all London boroughs and surrounding counties here at League tables:
      this shows the top 100 in and around London! Is this what you’re looking for?

  • Serena April 21, 2013, 4:39 PM

    Hi, please could you point me to your post about london’s top community primary schools that you mentioned you would do. Many thanks indeed, serena

  • Gulen July 2, 2013, 12:11 PM


    I am interested to know primary schools accepting French nationality students (had no formal education in English).

    Thanks in advance for your response,

    • London Preprep July 11, 2013, 10:42 PM

      Hi Gulen – all the state schools would. Among private schools, most non-selective schools would also accept pupils who have yet to learn English.

  • Haffles December 9, 2014, 12:35 AM

    Your list seems to have missed out Brookland Infant School I believe they beat Foxes!

  • Soph September 3, 2015, 12:00 PM

    Are there any top performing state primary schools in Newham and Hackney?

  • Smita December 28, 2015, 7:08 AM

    Will the Dockland areas be good for primary state schools without religious affiliations? If yes, could you please suggest names?

    Also, if we relocate mid-session (Feb-Mar), are we left with the ‘only’ option of enrolling into a public school? Do state schools not take in students mid-session?

    • London Preprep December 30, 2015, 5:34 PM

      not really, better to go to Greenwich or Blackheath, which is close enough but has good community primary schools. You can always apply late and join the waiting list.

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