Top 10 Best Secondary Schools In London By Academic Ranking


Every parent wants their child to get the best start in life and the school they go to plays a big part in this.

Their education prepares them for the big wide world so it is only natural for parents wanting to be confident they are at as good a school as possible.

And some Londoners are in the privileged position of saying they either go to or send their child to one of the best schools in the country.

The Real Schools Guide, compiled by Reach’s data unit, has been released and it has six London secondary schools among the top 10 nationally.

The guide aims to give a far more comprehensive picture than traditional league tables.

It takes into account 51 different data points – including not just GCSE results, Ofsted ratings and Attainment 8 scores but also factors like Progress 8, pupil-teacher ratios and absence rates.

10. Wallington High School for Girls, Sutton

Wallington High School for Girls was established in 1888 by a collective of nuns. The school building has since changed many times, and now accommodates an estimated 2310 students with 210 in each year group, as well as a Sixth Form College.

It was originally on Stanley Park Road in Carshalton, known as Wallington County Grammar School for Girls, the Wallington County School for Girls, Wallington County School, or the County School for Girls, Wallington. This site is now Bandon Hill primary school.

9. Sacred Heart Catholic School, Southwark

Sacred Heart Catholic School is a mixed Roman Catholic secondary school and sixth form located in the Camberwell area of the London Borough of Southwark, England.

The school was converted to academy status in November 2012, and was previously a voluntary aided school administered by Southwark London Borough Council.

8. Nonsuch High School for Girls, Sutton

Nonsuch High School is an all-girls’ grammar school with an academy status, located in Cheam, in the borough of Epsom and Ewell in Surrey, England, on the border of the London Borough of Sutton, and standing in 22 acres of grounds on the edge of Nonsuch Park.


7. The Tiffin Girls’ School, Kingston Upon Thames

The Tiffin Girls’ School is an all-girls selective school located in Kingston upon Thames, south-west London, England. The school moved from voluntary aided status to become an academy school on 1 April 2011. The school lies in over nine acres on the east side of Richmond Road

6. Mossbourne Community Academy, Hackney

Mossbourne Community Academy is a coeducational secondary school and sixth form with academy status, located near Hackney Downs off the A104 road, in the Lower Clapton area of the London Borough of Hackney in England.

5. Woodford County High School, Redbridge

Woodford County High School For Girls, formerly Woodford County High School is a secondary all-girls selective grammar school in Woodford Green of the London Borough of Redbridge, England. The school opened in 1919. Woodford’s brother school is Ilford County High School.

4. Wallington County Grammar School, Sutton

Wallington County Grammar School is a selective boys’ grammar school with a coeducational Sixth Form located in the London Borough of Sutton. From 1968 to the mid-1990s the school was known as Wallington High School for Boys.

3. Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet

Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet is a boys’ grammar school in Barnet, northern Greater London, which was founded in 1573 by Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, and others, in the name of Queen Elizabeth I.

2. Wilson’s School, Sutton

Wilson’s School is a boys’ grammar school with academy status in the London Borough of Sutton, England. In 2019, The Telegraph ranked Wilson’s the 4th highest performing school nationally for GCSE results. It was also ranked London State Secondary School of the Decade by The Times in 2020.

1 . Wembley High Technology College, Brent

Wembley High Technology College is a coeducational secondary school and sixth form with academy status, situated in Brent, a borough situated in Greater London, England. It is currently the top school in Brent, and performs 2nd in the country for the 4th year running.