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 2020.
1. Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet
Founded in 1573, Queen Elizabeth’s School is a boys’ grammar situated in Barnet, a market town in North London. Consistently one of the most academically successful grammar schools in England, it is an academy with a specialism in music. The school prides itself on investing in these ‘enrichment’ activities, to ensure pupils are kept active and healthy.
2. Colchester County High School for Girls
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 2nd 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.
3. Nonsuch High School for Girls
Founded in 1938, Nonsuch High School for Girls is an all-girls’ grammar school situated in Cheam, the London borough of Sutton. An academy school, Nonsuch has also gained specialist science and language school status.
Nonsuch High School actively encourages its pupils to participate in fields where women are underrepresented, such as science, technology and engineering.
4. Beaconsfield High School
Beaconsfield High School, known locally as Becky High, is a girls’ grammar school based in Beaconsfield, in Buckinghamshire. The school educates girls aged between 11 and 18.
With approximately 1,100 students at the school, and around 180 Year 7 places available, competition for entry is high.
5. Kendrick Girls’ Grammar School
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.
6. Dr Challoner’s High School
Established in 1962, Dr Challoner’s High School, also known as DCHS for short, is a girls’ grammar school for pupils aged between 11 and 18. Located in Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire, the school was formed when it split from Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, which became an all boys’ school.
Winner of the Exceptional Schools Award in 2014, the school has also been rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.
7. Altrincham Grammar School for Girls
Altrincham Grammar School for Girls was founded in 1910 as part of the 1902 Education act. An all-girls’ school, Altrincham is the largest of all the single-sex grammar schools in England, with approximately 1,250 students.
The school is one of the highest achieving grammars in the country, has academy status and is recognised as a language college. Students consistently achieve good exam results and, in recent years, the school has had a 100% GCSE pass rate.
8. Stroud High School
Founded in 1904, Gloucestershire-based Stroud High School (SHS) is a girls-only grammar school, catering for pupils aged 11-18. In July 2011, the school became an academy and, since then, its buildings have undergone a large programme of modernisation.
The school offers its pupils a range of extracurricular clubs and societies, catering for interests in music, academia and sport.
9. The Henrietta Barnett School
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.
10. King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford
Established in 1551, King Edward VI Grammar School, also known as KEGS, is a British grammar school with academy status, located in Chelmsford, Essex. The school educates students aged between 11 and 18, with Years 7-11 made up of male students. Years 12 and 13 (sixth form) are co-educational. The school places emphasis on traditional courtesy, as well as personal conduct and respect, while embracing modern educational research.