Top Grammar Schools in the UK (Based on GCSE Results)

There are currently 164 state-funded fully selective schools, or grammar schools in the UK. Of those 164, there are ten schools that stood out last year as being the top for GCSE results. We’ve compiled a list of the top grammar schools in the UK based on The Telegraph’s research of the top schools for GCSE results in 2016.


1. The Henrietta Barnett School

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A grammar school with academy status, the Henrietta Barnett School is ranked as the top grammar school in the UK. Established in 1911 by Dame Henrietta Barnett, the school is exclusively for girls and is located in the Hampstead Garden Suburb in London. It’s consistently ranked one of the best state schools in the country for academic performance and always ranks high in the school league tables.


2. The Tiffin Girls’ School

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This all-girls grammar is located in Kingston upon Thames in South-West London. Originally a voluntary-aided school, The Tiffin Girls’ School was founded in 1880 and gained academy status in 2011. Situated in a picturesque location and surrounded by over 9 acres of land, this grammar school came second in the Telegraph’s list of top UK grammar schools.


3. Reading School

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A boys grammar school, situated in Reading in Berkshire, the Reading School was founded in 1125 and is the 10th oldest school in England. The school was established as part of Reading Abbey and day pupils don’t pay any tuition fees to attend. Students who board at the school are only required to pay for food and accommodation. Reading School consistently appears in top grammar school lists and is known for its reputation for producing very good GCSE results.


4. King Edward VI Camp Hill School

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Founded in 1883, King Edward VI Camp Hill School is a highly selective grammar and a consistent high achiever in the UK school league tables. Ranked 4th in the Telegraph’s top grammar schools, the school specialises in Maths, Science and Applied Learning. The school and its pupils has received numerous awards and Ofsted classifies the school as being an outstanding provider.


5. Tonbridge Grammar School

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This state grammar school is situated in Tonbridge, in Kent. Founded in 1905, Tonbridge Grammar School was originally established as part of the Technical Institute in Tonbridge and had only 19 students. Today, the school has enrolled around 1050 pupils aged between 11 and 18. Ranked as the 5th best grammar school in the UK, Tonbridge has also been an International Baccalaureate World School since 2014.


6. Queen Elizabeth’s High School

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Located in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, Queen Elizabeth’s High School was established in 1589 by Sir Robert Somerscale. The school has around 1250 pupils in attendance and regularly makes the top 10 in the school league tables. The school is classified as outstanding by Ofsted and appears 6th in the Telegraph’s best grammar schools in the UK.


7. Kendrick Girls’ Grammar

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Founded in 1877, Kendrick Girls’ Grammar School is a selective grammar in Reading, Berkshire. The school gained academy status In 2010 and pupils are admitted on the basis of the school’s admissions test. Because the school is state-funded, students don’t have to pay any fees. As a result, the school is over-subscribed and competition for entry is very high.


8. Chelmsford County High School for Girls

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Founded in 1906, Chelmsford County High School for Girls is a selective grammar school for pupils aged between 11 and 18 located. Located in Chelmsford, Essex, entry to the school is based on an admissions test and is considered one of the most competitive grammar school places. The school consistently achieves good exam results and regularly scores top marks in GCSE and A Levels.

9. Wilson’s School

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In 9th position, Wilson’s School is a boys’ academy in Wallington, Sutton. Admission to the school is based on an entrance exam and the school has approximately 1,100 pupils. Founded in 1615, Wilson’s is one of England’s oldest state schools. It became an academy in 2011 and its GCSE results are among the best in the UK. The school has also been given grade 1 status by Ofsted.

10. Colchester County High for Girls

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Founded in 1909, Colchester County High School for Girls is a selective girls’ grammar school in Colchester, Essex. With consistently high results in the school league tables, the school is ranked 10th in the Telegraph’s list of the best grammar schools in the UK.  Admission to Colchester County is by an academic selection test in Years 7 and 12.


Related post:

A List of Grammar Schools in London


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