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Friday, August 27, 1999 Published at 12:50 GMT 13:50 UK


Winchester tops independent exam table

Independent schools have improved their average scores

Winchester College has taken first place among independent schools in this year's A level results.

In performance tables published by the Independent Schools Information Service, Winchester tops a league table of results in A levels taken this summer in over 500 private schools.

The 600-year-old Hampshire public school, which charges over £15,000 a year for boarders, is followed by two London schools - St Paul's and Westminster.

[ image: Winchester College has taken first place in the performance tables]
Winchester College has taken first place in the performance tables
The league table is based on the points system used for university admission - from 10 points for an A grade to two points for an E - with the rankings based on an average score per candidate.

According to ISIS, the overall average points score for all independent schools in the survey shows an improvement compared with last year - from 21.83 to 22.18.

The number of entries at independent schools gaining an A grade in A levels has also increased, from 33.5% last year to 34.8% - almost double the national average.

Among other famous independent schools appearing in the top 30 are Eton College, Manchester Grammar School and Cheltenham Ladies College - one of many girls' schools in the upper levels of the league table.

Top 30 independent schools with the highest average A-level points scores:

    Winchester College 34.1
    St Paul's School, London 32.8
    Westminster School, London 32.7
    Hurst Lodge School, Ascot 32.0
    Sevenoaks School 31.4 (score converted from international baccalaureates)
    Twycross House School, Atherstone 31.0
    The North London Collegiate School 30.9
    St Paul's Girls' School, London 30.9
    Wycombe Abbey School, High Wycombe 29.9
    Radley College, Abingdon 29.8
    Badminton School, Bristol 29.6
    The Haberdashers' Aske's School, Borehamwood 29.3
    Oxford High School, Oxford 29.2
    Withington Girls School, Manchester 29.2
    Whitgift School, South Croydon 29.1
    Perse School for Girls, Cambridge 29.1
    King Edward's School, Birmingham 28.8
    The Perse School, Cambridge 28.5
    Eton College, Windsor 28.4
    Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls, Borehamwood 28.4
    King Edward VI High School for Girls, Birmingham 28.3
    Manchester Grammar School 28.1
    South Hampstead High School 28.1
    KCS Wimbledon 28.1
    The Lady Eleanor Holles School, Hampton 28.0
    The Cheltenham Ladies' College 27.9
    Abingdon School 27.9
    Old Palace School of John Whitgift, Croydon 27.8
    Downe House, Thatcham 27.8
    St Swithun's School, Winchester 27.6

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