London independent schools top the Cambridge Qualifying League tables. But more than 18% of schools with students taking advanced level qualifications haven't any pupils who reach the target grades across the key subjects.
The Government is to introduce new academic league tables - which include only academic advanced level subjects at higher grades. How might schools fare?
The Good Schools Guide has, since 2004, had its own take on this, with its unique 'Cambridge Qualifying' marker. This includes only those pupils who would have reached a typical Cambridge university offer of A*AA in academic subjects or their equivalent at International Baccalaureate and/or Pre-U (Pre-U is a course designed, in conjunction with Cambridge, especially to stretch and challenge the very best students at advanced level - with top grades garnering UCAS points beyond A* at A level).
Independent schools dominate the top of the table, with London schools - St Paul's Girls School, Westminster School and St Paul's School - occupying the top 3 positions. Only one state school, the highly selective The Henrietta Barnett School makes the top 10. Independent schools account for 80% of schools in the top 200.
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