Secondary school league table: Search for the top schools for A-level results

Ashley Kirk
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Thousands of schools across the country have their A-level results figures published by the Department for Education on an annual basis. 

The latest results are for last year's academic year, which ended in the summer of 2018. Each school has been ranked in our searchable league table according to the average points per academic entry and then on the percentage of students achieving AAB or better with two facilitating subjects.

Find your school

Our interactive tool allows you to search the latest school results in your area and compare schools of your choice against one another.

Clicking on an individual school's name brings up more detailed information, including the percentage of students achieving AAB and the average points per entry.

Individual school sections also display the school's location and the total number of pupils.

The top 100 schools 

The table below ranks the country's top 100 schools by the the average point score per academic entry and then the percentage of students achieving AAB.

It also includes the school's latest available Ofsted rating. 

According to our rankings, the independent St Paul's Girls' School is the top performing school in the country. Out of the top 100 schools, 79 are independent.

King's College London Maths School is in second place, and is the only state school in the top 10. 

Metrics explanation

Our schools comparison tool shows several metrics relating to school performance. The first is each school's latest Ofsted rating, which ranks it either outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate.

It also includes the proportion of pupils getting AAB, with two facilitating subjects. Facilitating A-levels are ones that are commonly needed for entry to leading universities. They include the sciences, maths, geography, history, English and languages.

The average point score tells you the average points that students achieved per A-level entry. The maximum possible average would be 60 - equivalent to an A*. 

Finally, the Value Added measure indicates the improvement students make between GCSE and A-level. Positive scores indicate that pupils make better progress than those at other schools with similar prior academic achievement.

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Note: Schools may not have data in the tables for several reasons, including: small numbers of pupils (which risks an individual pupil’s results being identified); investigations into maladministration of tests; or for other reasons beyond the school's control.

Many independent and state schools score zero (or very low scores) if they enter all or most pupils for alternative qualifications that are not accredited by the Government. The table in the article uses the most up-to-date Ofsted data, which was released in September. It may well be that subsequent revisions are not yet reflected in nationwide Ofsted data. We update the table periodically as soon as Ofsted releases national revisions.