Top Essex Schools 11+

The results are in for the 2018 Sunday Times Schools Guide and it is good news for Essex schools

Anyone who works in education will know that the release of The Sunday Times Schools Guide is incredibly important. This guide recognises the top schools throughout the UK, splitting them down into regions across the entire country.
This November the results of the 25th edition of Parent Power, which is fully compiled by The Sunday Times were released. This particular guide looks at 2,000 of the highest achieving schools throughout the UK and then ranks them based on the results that were obtained during exams.


The East Anglia Region

The Top 10 State Schools in East Anglia


Regional rank

School name


A-level A*-B (%)

GCSE A*/A/9/8/7 (%)


national rank

2016 national rank

1Colchester County High School for GirlsColchester82.789.91421
2King Edward VI Grammar School, ChelmsfordChelmsford84.385.81512
3Colchester Royal Grammar SchoolColchester90.172.31718
4Chelmsford County High School for GirlsChelmsford78.987.42413
5Westcliff High School for BoysWestcliff-on-Sea82.469.33452
6Westcliff High School for GirlsWestcliff-on-Sea80.568.23855
7Southend High School for GirlsSouthend-on-Sea76.669.952128
8Southend High School for BoysSouthend-on-Sea79.057.46968
9Saffron Walden County High SchoolSaffron Walden74.035.0141=130
10Comberton Village CollegeCambridge64.839.1191227


The one region that we were interested in had to be East Anglia, for obvious reasons, and we were impressed with the results that came out of the guide.

Out of the top ten secondary schools in the entire East Anglia Region, 9 of those schools were based in Essex. This particularly relate to those grammar schools, which made up 8 of the 9.

The top rated secondary school within the East Anglia Region is the Colchester County High School for Girls. Not only making it in the top 10 for East Anglia, but also recognised as being the 14th best placed school nationally.
When you look at the GCSE results obtained by this school, it all becomes clear why it has rated so highly. In fact 89.9% of all the results achieved were at the A* or A level.

Another school that was able to present some rather impressive results, albeit at A-level rather than GCSE was Colchester Royal Grammar School. Here, more than 90% of the results achieved at A-level were A, A* or B grades.
Parent Power- the most authoritative survey of the best schools in the UK
The idea behind Parent Power is to offer a database for parents of students entering secondary school age a way to compare performance within their own town or local authority. It also allows them to see how these particular schools in their area compare with this in the rest of the country.

Not only does it showcase academic results, but it also offers links to the websites for all the schools as well as the most recent inspection reports that the schools have received.


Top 10 Independent Schools in East Anglia


Reional rankSchool nameTownA-level A*- B (%)GCSE A*/A/9/8/7 (%)2017 national rank2016 national rank
1The Perse SchoolCambridge96.989.51424
2Stephen Perse Foundation Senior SchoolCambridge90.988.34018
3Norwich SchoolNorwich85.874.37886
4The Leys SchoolCambridge81.871.696171=
5Chigwell SchoolChigwell82.467.6100129=
6Kimbolton SchoolHuntingdon79.857.8158266
7Ipswich SchoolIpswich77.459.1166176
8Brentwood SchoolBrentwood75.358.1181=187
9Ipswich High School for GirlsIpswich67.870.3192257
10Norwich High School GDSTNorwich75.1


It comes as no surprise to us to see that Essex schools have rated so highly in this particular guide. After all, here you will find some of the best schools in the entire UK. We hope that given time that the schools in Essex, as well as throughout the rest of the East Anglia region, will grow and grow in their success and climb even higher in the ranking for the UK as a whole.