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  • Barnaby Lenon, ISC Chairman

    "ISC schools are the envy of the world for their first rate academic achievements, the excellent all round education they offer pupils and for their outstanding pastoral care."


ISC schools offer an excellent academic education, high standards of pastoral care and exceptional levels of teaching.

Bespoke education

ISC independent schools provide young people with a bespoke well-rounded education that concentrates on developing character as well as academic ability.

Our schools also offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including both traditional and non-traditional sport, music, drama, dance, debating as well as activities such as the Combined Cadet Force, Duke of Edinburgh Award and service in the community.

ISC schools have nurtured some of this country’s most capable and well-known sports people, actors and musicians.

Emphasis is given to developing leadership skills and building resilience and self-esteem, as well as offering excellent professional pastoral care.

For further details on academic success see ISC schools' exam results.

ISC schools provide a well-rounded education

STEM subjects

STEM refers to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Independent schools are strong at teaching the traditional facilitating subjects required at Russell Group universities.

ISC schools are strong at science and mathematics, as well as modern foreign languages.

ISC schools are strong at science and mathematics

Year 13 exam results

A levels

  • One in 14 candidates at ISC schools now achieve three or more A* at A level.
  • 19.2% of A level entries from ISC pupils were awarded A* grade.
  • More than half of entries are awarded either A* or A grade at A level.

GCE A levels

  • 34,747 pupils (93.5% of Year 13s) at 484 schools, took at least one A level.
  • 18.5% of entries were awarded A* grade (national average 8.2%).
  • 49.3% of entries were graded A* or A (national average 25.9%).


  • 1,516 pupils at 49 schools, took at least one Pre-U.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

  • 2,045 pupils at 59 schools took IB exams.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

  • 3,202 pupils (8.6% of the Year 13 ISC cohort), at 275 schools, took the EPQ.

See the latest exam results

More than half of independent school entries are awarded either A* or A grade at A level

Year 11 exam results


  • Typical ISC students achieve two A*s and seven As at GCSE or iGCSE.
  • 32.9% of all exam entries received A* grade (national average 6.6%) 60.8% were graded A* or A (national average 21.2%).
  • 94.5% were graded A* to C (national average 69.0% A* to C).
  • 76.2% of ISC pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades including maths, English, a science and a modern foreign language.


  • 43.3% of Year 11 exam entries were for IGCSEs rather than GCSEs.
  • 446 schools had pupils taking at least one IGCSE and 3 schools offered iGCSE only.

See the latest exam results

A typical ISC student achieved two A*s and seven As at GCSE