LONDON, November 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

Top 10 state and independent schools in Britain revealed

The top 2,000 schools in Britain are revealed this Sunday when The Sunday Times publishes the 21st edition of its schools guide, Parent Power.

Using the latest results from public examinations and taking account of many of the marking appeals that have taken place since the summer, the Parent Power rankings of state and independent secondary schools are the last word on academic performance.

The Sunday Times Schools Guide is published online and in print with the newspaper this Sunday (November 13). The top 400 schools will be contained in a six-page section free with the newspaper with the top 2,000 schools contained in a fully-searchable database at:

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/public/parentpower/article818425.ece...

As well as examination results from this summer for the top 500 secondary schools and more than 400 independent secondary schools, the comprehensive database contains results from as far back as 2005, allowing parents to track the performance of schools over several years. There are separate tables for A-level and GCSE, Highers and Standard Grade, the International Baccalaureate and the Pre-U examinations, making this the most comprehensive at-a-glance schools website in the country.

Searchable by postcode, town and local authority, parents can see instantly the schools close to where they live with the best outright examination performance. There are links from every school page to its inspection report, the school's website, listings of property for sale or rent in the immediate area close to the school, and comprehensive contact details for each institution. Fee details are published for independent schools.

Much of the data from 2011 has not been published before. The government's tables of 2011 examination performance are not released until January.

Primary and prep schools are ranked by their performance in Standard Assessment Tests taken by 11-year-olds in 2010, 2009 and 2008. For state schools, the proportion of children achieving the expected national standard of Key Stage Two, level 4 in both English and maths is used to rank schools, while for prep schools the benchmark is Key Stage Two, level 5.

The achievements of eight schools are recognised through The Sunday Times Schools of the Year awards. These awards recognise outstanding academic results in the past year or sustained improvement over several years.

This year's winners are:

- Independent Secondary School of the Year - Brighton College - State Secondary School of the Year - The Henrietta Barnett School, London - Independent Preparatory School of the Year - The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, Elstree - State Primary School of the Year - Hampden Gurney C of E Primary School, Westminster - International Baccalaureate School of the Year - Hockerill Anglo-European College, Bishop's Stortford - Scottish Independent School of the Year - Hutchesons' Grammar School, Glasgow - Scottish State School of the Year - Bearsden Academy, Glasgow - Northern Ireland Secondary School of the Year - Friends' School, Lisburn

The top ranked secondary schools in Britain are listed in two tables - one state, one independent - below:

The top 10 state secondary schools in Britain

2011 2010 A-Level GCSE national national rank rank School name Town A*-B (%) A*/A (%) The Henrietta Barnett School, Hampstead Gardens Barnet 98.4 90.0 1 1 Queen Elizabeth's 2 2 School Barnet 97.7 90.1 Wilson's 3 13 School Sutton 93.0 90.3 Tiffin Girls 4 7= School Kingston-upon-Thames 91.6 91.2 St Olave's Grammar 5 4 School Orpington 93.5 87.0 Pate's Grammar 6 11 School Cheltenham 91.8 90.3 The Latymer 7 3 School Enfield 91.7 90.3 Colchester Royal Grammar 8 9 School Colchester 96.0 78.2 Altrincham Grammar School for 9 6 Girls Altrincham 89.7 90.3 Tiffin 10 12 School Kingston-upon-Thames 90.9 82.8

The top 10 independent secondary schools in Britain

2011 A-Level GCSE national 2010 national rank rank School name Town A*-B (%) A*/A (%) St Paul's 1 4 Girls School London 99.2 98.0 Magdalen College 2 2= School Oxford 98.2 99.5 Wycombe Abbey 3 1 School High Wycombe 98.7 97.2 North London Collegiate 4 5 School Edgware 98.7 96.8 Westminster 5 7 School London 98.2 97.6 St Paul's 6 2= School London 98.3 96.6 Withington 7 10 Girls' School Manchester 97.2 97.1 The Haberdashers' Aske's School 8 8 for Girls Elstree 97.1 95.8 The Lady Eleanor 9 16= Holles School Hampton 97.8 93.8 Royal Grammar 10 22 School Guildford 96.9 94.6

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