"In 2009 the popular Daily Telegraph and Times publications both issued League tables showing ranking of both Independent Day and Boarding schools. Rankings were based on the schools percentage of A+ B grades at A level. The Daily Telegraph tables which listed a total of 417 schools split the schools into two tables ( 361 large and 56 small ) showing results ranging from 98.99% A+B to 9.09% A+ B .
It is of course equally important to remember that there are in excess of 2500 independent schools in the UK (approx 600 being Prep Schools).The majority of Independent schools are in fact day schools with only around 820 being boarding schools. Of those 820 boarding schools less than 25% appeared in the ranking tables.
Many schools therefore, especially non selective schools, i.e schools that do not deliberately exclude students who are unlikely to attain high A+B scores, or schools that take foreign students with weak English, are unfairly prejudiced by the current ranking system. League tables do not measure, rank, or take account of the actual performance of the individual student having regard to the inherent ability or starting point of that student. Non-selective schools therefore cannot be expected to achieve the same percentage of AB results as highly selective schools, however they can and do still achieve excellent University destinations especially for their more able and talented students.
Therefore when considering a non selective school more attention should be paid to its history of University destinations than to its ranking which will naturally be distorted purely because of its selection process.
All our Consortium schools, both selective and Non selective, have an excellent history of good University destinations for their students."