The Sunday Times has revealed its Parent Power Schools Guide 2022 and an Oxfordshire school has made the list.

The 29th edition of the guide reveals the highest-achieving schools across the UK and ranks them based on their examination results from 2017-19.

The guide breaks down the best performing independent and state secondaries as well as the best primary and preparatory schools in the country.

Alastair McCall, the editor of Parent Power, said: “The need for clarity about school examination performance has never been greater after two years of teacher assessed grades, during which for completely understandable reasons, the numbers of top grades increased dramatically.

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“We felt it was important to go back to the last sets of moderated public examination outcomes from 2019, 2018 and 2017 to get the most accurate and current view of school academic achievement. By taking a three-year average, we mitigated against relatively poor performance in a one-off year.

“At a time when some schools are making hard to substantiate claims of academic prowess based on outcomes from 2021 and 2020, we believe these rankings – and all the additional information on offer in Parent Power – provide parents with a more reliable guide to academic achievement in schools today.”

Where did Oxford's Magdalen College School rank?

This year, Magdalen College School was recognised as one of the top-performing independent secondary schools.

The independent school which was founded in 1480 ranked in fourth place on the independent secondary list.

The school admits boys aged 7 to 18 and girls in six form.

The top 20 independent secondaries in the UK

Magdalen College received 96.6 percent A* to Bs at A-level and 95.3% A*/A/9/8/7s at GCSE.

This means Magdalen college closely followed the likes of Wycombe Abbey School which came in third place in 96.7 percent in both categories.

While King's College School in Wimbledon ranked in second place and St Paul's Girls' School topped the list with 97.8 percent and 99.4 percent respectively.

The top 10 independent secondary schools in the Southeast

The Sunday Times list also revealed how Oxford's schools compared to others in the South East.

  1. Wycombe Abbey School
  2. Magdalen College School
  3. Guildford High School
  4. Guildford High School
  5. Sevenoaks School
  6. Eton College
  7. Haberdashers' Girls' School
  8. The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School
  9. St Mary's School Ascot
  10. Royal Grammar School