Best private schools London

Private schools have produced some of the country’s most influential and recognised names. But it becomes difficult to pick out the best one for a child with so many top-performing establishments around. Here is a rundown of the best private schools.Private schools are some of the country's oldest. Magdalen College and City of London date their founding back to the 15th century. St Paul's and Westminster go back to the 16th. But they have all maintained their reputation over time as factories of some of the most important and influential figures in history.

Academic performance is a constant at these schools. And this appears to predetermine the lives of pupils leaving these institutions. Famous architects, prime ministers, Hollywood actors and Fleet Street editors are just a sample of those to have come out of private education.

There are imminent changes at some of these leading schools. Westminster has appointed a new headmaster to begin in September 2014. City of London, another boys' school, will have a headmistress for the first time. South Hampstead has also just had a change at the top.

But private schools have withstood these types of changes for hundreds of years. Recent exam results suggest their performance and reputation will remain. Many of this selection recorded outstanding, and sometimes record-high, exam results at both GCSE and A-Level in 2013. This is despite the overall trend of a drop in top grades awarded at both levels for two years in a row.

Such performance has led to these schools providing Oxbridge with large numbers of students. The independent sector only teaches 7 per cent of UK children, rising to 14 per cent for pupils over the age of sixteen, according to the Independent Schools Council. Yet Oxford's 2012 entry rates showed 42.5 per cent of places went to those from private education.

These greater odds for success mean entry into the best private schools is highly competitive. There are English, Maths and reasoning exams as well as interviews for applicants to get through. It can be a lot to ask of a ten or eleven-year-old. Some even have this procedure for admission at 7+.

Day schools make up our selection although a few offer boarding facilities. We have looked at academic performance, university destinations and notable alumni to give you a flavour of each school's calibre.

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