The tables on the following pages show GCSE and A Level results for state and independent schools in England for examinations taken in 2009. The data is supplied by the Department for Children, Schools and Families. Schools are listed here according to exam performance in descending order. You can use our search function to find your local schools by name or by local authority.
For GCSEs, schools are ranked according to the percentage of pupils achieving five GCSEs (or vocational equivalents) at grades A* to C, including English and maths. The percentage of pupils gaining two A* to C grade passes in science, is used as a tie breaker.
These tables do not include results of International GCSE, which some private schools take in preference to GCSEs, particularly in maths. This means that some of the nation’s top schools score a zero for the percentage of pupils gaining five or more GCSEs, including English and maths. In reality, some may have achieved a 100 per cent score if IGCSE results are included. For A levels, schools are ranked according to A level points, using the Qualification and Curriculum Authority’s tariff. The scores include the International Baccalaureate and vocational equivalent qualifications. Where scores are tied, schools have been ranked by the number of pupils.
School league tables only present part of the picture of each school’s overall achievements. Parents can find more information from visiting school websites and from Ofsted inspection reports, which can also be found online. The best way to learn about a school, however, is to visit and talk to teachers as well as pupils and their parents.