GCSE results 2019: ranking of the top London secondary schools

This year’s results have brought some welcome changes to league tables, which have mostly been dominated by the usual suspects in recent years. One sensational success story has been Michaela Community School, a new comprehensive free school in Brent, which has helped students, many from disadvantaged backgrounds, achieve some of the best results of any non-selective state secondary school in the country. West London Free School in Hammersmith has also reported record results, giving those campaign for a return to more traditional education a rare boost.

In the independent sector, it is Latymer Upper that has done especially well this year, as it overtook Highgate and Alleyn’s to become the highest performing co-educational secondary school in London. Given the fierce competition for 11+ places at the school, this has been expected by many, but it is nonetheless excellent to see co-educational schools performing so well.

The new GCSEs, which are now graded 9 to 1 rather than A* to G, have less coursework and a greater focus on exams at the end of two years. Just 837 teenagers scored a clean sweep of the highest grade in their GCSEs this summer, up from 732 16-year-olds in 2018, figures from Ofqual show. 29 of these attend NLCS, while Westminster reported 76 students with a “clean sweep”.

 School% A*% A*-A
1St Paul’s Girls’ School95.8%99.5%
2Westminster School90.9%98.6%
3North London Collegiate School89.0%98.0%
4St Paul’s School86.0%96.7%
5King’s College School82.0%96.0%
6Godolphin & Latymer School85.9%95.8%
7Henrietta Barnett School80.0%95.0%
8City of London79.8%94.7%
9Tiffin Girls81.1%94.7%
10City of London School for Girls83.0%94.0%
11Latymer Upper78.0%92.0%
12South Hampstead High School76.0%92.0%
13Habs Girls75.0%92.0%
14UCS, Hampstead72.0%92.0%
15Lady Eleanor Holles78.0%91.0%
17Wimbledon High75.0%91.0%
18Hampton School72.0%91.0%
19Queen Elizabeth School78.7%90.6%
20Highgate School74.0%90.0%
21Francis Holland SW170.0%90.0%
22Wilson’s Grammar School49.0%90.0%
23Habs Boys74.3%89.4%
24Trinity School49.0%89.2%
25Notting Hill & Ealing High71.8%89.0%
26St Olave’s Grammar School 89.0%
27Alleyn’s Dulwich71.0%88.0%
28Merchant Taylor’s School66.0%88.0%
29Kingston Grammar School67.0%87.3%
30Eltham College67.7%87.0%
31St Olave’s Grammar School72.0%86.7%
32Nonsuch High School66.8%85.5%
33Newstead Wood School66.5%85.0%
34St Helen’s, Northwood65.0%85.0%
35Channing School63.8%84.8%
36Dulwich College64.4%84.1%
37Sutton Grammar School64.0%84.0%
39Francis Holland NW155.7%83.0%
40Latymer School, Edmonton63.8%82.9%
41Putney High School62.0%82.0%
42Wallington High School for Girls31.3%81.7%
43Whitgift School58.7%81.6%
44Woodford County High School 78.0%
45Queen’s College53.0%77.0%
46Tiffin School50.0%75.0%
47Forest School50.0%75.0%
48Croydon High School GDST50.0%75.0%
49St Michael’s Grammar56.3%74.9%
50Ibstock Place 73.7%
51Northwood College GDST49.0%73.0%
52Streatham and Clapham High45.5%72.1%
53Emanuel School43.0%72.0%
54Harrodian School49.0%71.0%
55Wallington County Grammar School49.0%71.0%
56Ilford County High School49.0%70.3%
57Queen’s Gate50.0%70.0%
58Surbiton High School41.4%69.7%
59St Augustine’s Priory45.0%69.0%
60St James Girls’ School52.0%68.0%
61Bromley High School GDST45.0%67.0%
62Blackheath High School GDST41.0%67.0%
63Sutton High School22.0%67.0%
64The Swaminarayan School 37.0%66.5%
65Sacred Heart High School28.9%64.4%
66Townley Grammar School42.0%63.0%
67St Margaret’s School44.0%62.0%
68Northbridge House, Canonbury39.0%62.0%
69John Lyon School 62.0%
70Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School40.0%61.3%
71Tayyibah Girls’ School40.0%61.0%
72Wetherby Senior School33.0%59.0%
73St Benedict’s School37.0%58.0%
74Mill Hill School34.9%56.9%
75St Catherine’s, Twickenham33.0%56.0%
76Northbridge House, Hampstead31.0%54.0%
77Michaela Community School 54.0%
78Bexley Grammar School29.0%53.3%
79Waldegrave School31.0%52.0%
80West London Free School30.0%51.0%
81Beths Grammar School28.0%51.0%
82Hasmonean High School 51.0%
83Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School30.6%50.0%
84Colfe’s School29.5%50.0%
85The London Oratory School 49.0%
86Twyford Church of England School 49.0%
87Lady Margaret School32.6%48.0%
88St Marylebone30.0%47.0%
89Camden School for Girls 47.0%
91Graveney 45.0%
92Orleans Park School25.0%44.0%
93Parliament Hill School 41.0%
94Ursuline High School 41.0%
95Mossbourne Academy24.4%40.4%
96Grey Court School 40.0%
97Coombe Girls School, Kingston 40.0%
98Finchley Catholic High School 40.0%
99Kew House 38.0%
100Chelsea Academy 35.0%

38 thoughts on “GCSE results 2019: ranking of the top London secondary schools”

  1. Thanks v much for this list. I am slightly perplexed that rhe table may not be comparing like for like between state schools and private schools when they do not necessarily sit for the same GCSEs. Many private schools sit for IGCSEs which are less demanding as they require completion of fewer papers for the same subject as compared to GCSE. E.g 2 papers under IGCSE for History as compared to 3 papers for GCSE? Can you kindly throw some light on this please?

    1. Ricards Lodge did not publish detailed results yet. Rutlish did not publish % of grade 9-8 or 9-7 yet, either. They would likely be somewhat below some of the highest performing comprehensives (West London Free School, Waldegrave etc), results will be updated in November.

  2. Hello,
    thank you for this league table. Can`t see Lady Margaret School`s name here, so does it mean that they are not in the top 50 anymore?

    1. they are just behind at #55 currently – still most likely the highest performing comprehensive school in London. Just a lot of grammar schools and selective private schools ahead.

    1. King’s Maths School only has a Sixth Form, there are no GCSE results (no Year 11 group). You will find the Maths school in the A-level results table. Merchant Taylor is in Hertfordshire so not technically London, although it can be included here.

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