Securing a place at a good state or independent school is a chief concern for parents. As such, gaining a place can be hugely competitive across the country, and even more so in London where the competition for getting into grammar schools is fierce.

Ofsted and Department of Education provide a wealth of useful information and statistic related to school performance and allows you to compare schools. Sifting through all the statistics, performance tables and inspection reports can be very time consuming and a daunting task.

That is why we decided to summarise the most important information published by Ofsted and Department of Education in one easy to read pdf download and create a top 50 league table based on the performance scores and Ofsted rankings for secondary schools in London.

To make it easy for parents to view key data and identify the most suitable school, we have summarised key statistics for each school and added Ofsted rank, Parent opinions, and link to the latest Ofsted inspection report available.

Below you can see a sample table of the information available for each school on our Top 50 league table.

For each of the 50 schools on our list, you will see a table as above, showing key data to help you easily compare schools.

Top 50 London Secondary Schools
Sample of information available for each school

The ranking is based on Ofsted rank and Key Stage 2 rank, both of these are explained below.

Parent’s ratings have been calculated based on the overall parent opinion ratings on By clicking on Parent’s opinion link, you are taken to the Ofsted website where you can read the detailed parent feedback.

For each school, you will also find a link to the latest available Ofsted  reports.

Despite the multitude of good state schools in the capital, there are relatively few that take pupils based on their academic achievements, making the task even harder if parents are looking for a grammar school education.

Private schools may have seen their numbers drop in the top 100, but they are still punching well above their weight given they educate only seven per cent of the population. Many of the top ranked schools are private or grammar schools but increasingly state schools are also moving up the ranks.

Academic league tables can give you some idea of the results and relative performance of these schools but they are no substitute for visiting, asking questions and observing when you are there. The most useful tool you have is your knowledge of your child and your sense of where she will thrive, be happy and learn.

Ofsted ranking explained

Grade 1: Outstanding

An outstanding school is highly effective in delivering outcomes that provide exceptionally well for all its pupils’ needs. This ensures that pupils are very well equipped for the next stage of their education, training or employment.

Grade 2: Good

A good school is effective in delivering outcomes that provide well for all its pupils’ needs. Pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education, training or employment.

Grade 3: Requires improvement

A school that requires improvement is not yet a good school, but it is not inadequate. This school will receive a full inspection within 24 months from the date of this inspection.

Grade 4: Inadequate

A school that has serious weaknesses is inadequate overall and requires significant improvement but leadership and management are judged to be Grade 3 or better. This school will receive regular monitoring by Ofsted inspectors. A school that requires special measures is one where the school is failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and the school’s leaders, managers or governors have not demonstrated that they have the capacity to secure the necessary improvement in the school. This school will receive regular monitoring by Ofsted inspectors.

Key Stage 2 Rank explained

Rankings are calculated by sorting first by the percentage of pupils who met the expected standard and then by percentage of people who achieved a higher standard.

How to use this guide

Please click on the button below and provide your email address to download the PDF guide. You can view the PDF file online on any browser and click on links to view inspection reports or parent opinions. Alternatively, you can print the guide and view it at your leisure.

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