Academic Success

Year after year, our schools achieve very strong results, exceeding national averages, especially in the traditional, 'hard' subjects such as maths, the sciences and modern languages. 


In 2018/19, nearly two thirds of GCSE/IGCSE entries from HMC independent schools were awarded an A/7 or higher, over three times the national average. At A-level, close to half of entries last year received either A* or an A – almost double the national average.

In 2016, two thirds of IB (International Baccalaureate) candidates in HMC schools scored 36 points or more and one third scored 40 points or more. Over 1,600 pupils in 46 HMC schools took over 2,300 Pre-U exams and over 2,400 pupils in 168 HMC schools took the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

Many of our schools regularly top national league tables. However, such measures should be viewed with caution. Schools offer varied qualifications and some are selective while others admit pupils of mixed abilities. Despite such variation, all HMC independent schools provide a holistic educational experience – pastoral, co-curricular and academic.

The unrivalled co-curricular provisions within our schools enable children to develop a breadth of talents, skills and abilities. Pupils leave HMC schools with important life skills, confidence and an awareness of others that comes from a balanced educational experience of which academic success is just one element.

For individual school results please follow the links to our schools within this website.

For a further breakdown of ISC independent schools' exam results please click here.