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England's Top Sixth Form Subjects - 2019 Validated Results



Non-selective All Sixth Forms

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Who are England’s top sixth form subject performers?

Welcome to the fifth year of this headline analysis which celebrates sixth form excellence. Last year this popular summary was viewed over 200,000 times.
There is a variety of information available concerning over-all institutional performance. This is the only national comparative analysis at subject level, which considers student progress in preference to student outcomes.  It seeks to shine a light on examples of excellence and celebrate what is often invisible (and uncelebrated) in headline performance table measures.

What does this data actually mean?

Our Lady’s Abingdon was number 1 for Geography in 2019. That means they were the number 1 centre (valued added) of all centres that taught A-level Geography in England – a fantastic achievement. For subjects with larger numbers of entries the top 25/30 institutions are listed. For smaller subjects it may be proportionally less based on the cohort size. Subjects with smaller entry volumes are excluded.

Compare your school or college against 3000+ centres

View your overall and subject performance relative to local, national top performers, schools in similar circumstance or any choice.  You can do so via Oxford Analytics L3 Interactive.  It is the only comparative dashboard post-16, based on the full national data sets – try some sample data here.


While the data features many Oxford Analytics Partner Schools – this is not a cohort study.  We use the full, validated Department for Education (DfE) national data sets, 2019.  The data includes over 3000 centres.  For this particular analysis, we considered all schools and colleges (state and private).  Statistical corrections: entries below 5 suppressed.  Subjects with small entry volumes are excluded or feature with limited entries. Decimal places are used to rank institutions with similar VA.

Re-using our analysis

You are welcome to use the analysis in your own publications.


Thanks to the DfE and NPD Data Teams, Oxford Analytics Research, the hundreds of schools that keep us on our toes – and our friends in Deutschland at Data Wrapper.