Independent Schools Council – A-level results 2017

Posted on: 26 Aug 2017

Close to one fifth of A-level entries at Independent Schools Council (ISC) schools scored the top A* grade in 2017, new figures reveal.

Results data published today by the ISC also show the percentage of students achieving at least ABB – a set of results desired by many of the top UK universities – has reached 55.6%.


This year’s A-level results figures, which have been collected from 452 schools, reveal:

  • Almost half of A-level entries at ISC schools received either an A* or an A. At 47.9%, this is almost double the national average of 26.3%.
  • The proportion of pupils getting three A* grades or equivalent stands at 7.8%, while the percentage of entries getting an A* at A-level is now 18.3%.
  • There was an increase in candidates taking Extended Project (+40.6%), Pre-U (+56.2%), and BTEC (+20.2%) qualifications.
  • The average points score for pupils taking the IB Diploma was 37, roughly equivalent to 4.5 As at A-level. In the International Baccalaureate, 3.7% of pupils obtained 45 points, the highest mark, which is only achieved by 0.1% of candidates worldwide.

Barnaby Lenon, chairman of ISC, said: “Once again, pupils at ISC schools have achieved an impressive set of Year 13 exam results, with the headline A* and A figures remaining particularly strong.

“In addition to the success stories coming out of academic powerhouse schools, we’re also seeing fantastic work being carried out by schools specialising in supporting students with SEND and those catering specifically for pupils with behavioural issues, demonstrating ISC schools’ commitment to helping all children thrive.”

Julie Robinson, ISC General Secretary, said: “This year’s exam results yet again demonstrate independent schools’ academic excellence, enabling aspirational young people to realise their potential and giving them the confidence to go on and achieve further success in life.”

Notes to editors

Independent Schools Council (ISC).

The ISC brings together seven associations and four affiliate associations to represent over 1,300 independent schools. These schools are amongst the best in the world, educating more than half-a-million children. Around half of UK independent schools are ISC schools and these educate around 80% of all independent school children.

The ISC’s seven constituent associations are: Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools (AGBIS), Girls' Schools Association (GSA), Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC), Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS), Independent Schools Association (ISA), Independent Schools' Bursars Association (ISBA), The Society of Heads. The ISC's four affiliate associations are: Boarding Schools Association (BSA), Council of British International Schools (COBIS), Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS), Welsh Independent Schools Council (WISC).

ISC schools save the taxpayer £3 billion a year from students not being in state education and contribute £9.5 billion to overall UK GDP.

Ian Mason, ISC
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