Top state schools in London for A-Levels
In mid-August every year hundreds of thousands of young people across the country nervously collect their A-level results. Hard work and dedication are the keys to success, but there’s another variable that’s sometimes overlooked: where they live.
In 2022, the southeast and London were top of the class for A-level results: nearly 40% of students sitting their exams in the two most affluent English regions achieved A* or A grades. The same was true of just 31% of those taking A-levels in the north-east, which propped up the national league table.
London’s impressive selection of state schools is reflected in its table-topping position – so, let’s look at some of the top performers.
King’s College Mathematics School – Lambeth (co-ed, ages 16 to 19)
Run in partnership with King’s College London University, this specialist school aims to provide a high-quality maths education in the heart of London. Its curriculum combines maths with physics and computing to offer students the skills and knowledge they need to study mathematical courses at top universities.
2022 A-level results: A* 86.5%, A or better 99.6%. 75% of students attained straight A*s.
Brampton Manor Academy – Newham (co-ed, ages 11 to 18)
Brampton’s curriculum blends academic and vocational qualifications. This is underpinned by excellent learning resources, including a state-of-the-art theatre, TV and recording studios, sports and fitness facilities, and modern classrooms, workshops, and laboratories.
2022 A-level results: Progress score: +0.56 (National: 0.00), average grade: B+ (Newham: C+; England: C), best 3 ‘A’ levels: A- (Newham: B-; England: C+).
School website: https://www.bramptonmanor.org/
Harris Westminster Sixth Form – Westminster (co-ed, ages 16 to 18)
Harris Westminster, which opened in September 2014 is a selective mixed sixth form college in central London – and one of the highest-performing sixth forms in the UK. Its academic successes are clear, both in terms of outstanding A-Level results and post-18 destinations.
2022 A-level results: A* 28%, A*-A 57%, A*-B 77%, A*-C 91%.
School website: https://www.harriswestminstersixthform.org.uk/
Queen Elizabeth’s School – Barnet (boys, ages 11 to 18)
This boys’ grammar school in north London has 449 years’ experience in producing confident, able and responsible young men. QE is consistently among the highest-performing schools in the UK – both state and independent – for exam results and the progress pupils make beyond the classroom.
2022 A-level results: A* 69.9%, A*-A 92.2%, A*-B 98.3%.
School website: https://www.qebarnet.co.uk/
Henrietta Barnett School – Hampstead (girls, ages 11 to 18)
This non-denominational grammar school for girls gained Academy status in April 2012. Consistently one of the top-performing state schools in the country, it has built a reputation for academic excellence – both locally and nationally.
2022 A-level results: A*59%, A*-A 89%, A*-B 97%, A*-C 99%.
Now you know London is a top-performing region nationally in terms of A-level results, all that’s left to do is secure your child a place at one of its many outstanding schools or sixth form colleges.
School website: https://www.hbschool.org.uk/