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The best secondary state schools in London

If you have children aged 12 to 16, there’s one decision that’s even more important than figuring out if you prefer curry sauce or gravy on your chips when relocating to London with a family: which secondary school they will attend.

You’ll be pleased to learn that six of the top secondary schools in London are among the top 10 nationally – that adds up to a large selection of superb schools to choose from. These rankings typically rely solely on GCSE results. However, The Real Schools Guide 2020 is different; it has taken 51 data points into account to compile its comprehensive list – including Ofsted ratings, pupil-teacher ratios, and absence rates.

Here are the 6 best state secondary schools in London:

1. Mossbourne Community Academy – Lower Clapton

This was one of the country’s first academies when it opened its doors in 2004.

Located in a borough with wide-spread educational underachievement, it has re-imagined what inner-city, non-selective education can be.

Over the years, Mossbourne’s success has been built on the idea that learning comes first – from the way it recruits and trains staff to what it expects of students’ behaviour.

2. Woodford County High School – Woodford Green 

Woodford has earnt a reputation for being one of the best high schools in London.

This has been achieved by striking a balance between tradition and innovation.  While the school takes pride in offering a traditional academic curriculum, they are also determined to prepare students for working life – whatever shape that might take.

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3. Wallington County Grammar School – Wallington 

This state boys’ selective school – which also welcomes girls into the sixth form – works within the Folio Education Trust to blend the best of tradition and innovation, with a view to engaging and inspiring students.

Wallington proudly sits in the top 2% of secondary schools in the country in terms of GCSE results. Ofsted recognised its achievements by grading the school as ‘outstanding’ in all categories in 2017.

4. Queen Elizabeth’s School – Barnet

Queen Elizabeth’s is a state-funded grammar school with a proud history dating back to 1573 and an aspirational formal mission: “to produce young men who are confident, able and responsible”.

The school’s meritocratic environment, combined with its first-class facilities and proud history, makes for a totally unique state school experience.

5. Wilson’s School – Wallington

Wilson’s is one of the most successful state-funded selective boys’ schools in the country.

A firm belief that school life should be enjoyed presents opportunities for learning, alongside enriching experiences beyond the classroom.

The school motto Non Sibi Sed Omnibus (not for oneself, but for all) drives an inclusive environment that extends beyond the confines of the National Curriculum and examinations.

6. Wembley High Technology College – North Wembley

Wembley High Technology College is one of the top-performing schools in the country.

For example, its Progress 8 score of +1.58 – an accountability score used by the government to measure the effectiveness of secondary schools in England – has been recognised as the 4th highest nationally and the highest in London by the Department for Education.

This aptitude for educational excellence makes it easy to see why it’s ranked the second-best state-funded school in the land.

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