Three Dorset schools have been named in the Sunday Times Schools Guide 2022.

Available online from today or in the paper on Sunday, the top performing schools regionally and nationally are listed.

The 29th edition of Parent Power identifies the highest-achieving schools in the UK, ranked by their examination results from 2017-19.

A fully searchable national database by school name, local authority, town and postcode, together with regional rankings are available to Times and Sunday Times subscribers here

As well as assessment of all academic results on a school-by-school basis, Parent Power enables parents to compare the performance of a given school with other schools in the same town, local authority or nationally.

There are also live links to school websites and schools’ most recent inspection reports.

Parent Power is widely acknowledged as the most authoritative survey of the country’s highest-achieving schools.

Top 10 independent secondary schools in the south west

  1.  Cheltenham Ladies College, Cheltenham
  2. St Mary's Calne, Calne
  3. Exeter School, Exeter
  4. Badminton School, Bristol
  5. King Edward's School, Bath
  6. Marlborough College, Marlborough
  7. Queen Elizabeth's Hospital, Bristol
  8. The Maynard School, Exeter
  9. Redmaids' High School, Bristol
  10. Canford School, Wimborne


Top 10 state secondary schools in the south west

  1. Pate's Grammar School, Cheltenham
  2. Colyton Grammar School, Colyton
  3.  Stroud High Sschool, Stroud
  4. Torquay Girls' Grammar School, Torquay
  5. South Wilts Grammar School, Salisbury
  6. Bishop Wordsworth's School, Salisbury
  7. Torquay Boys' Grammar School, Torquay
  8. Sir Thomas Rich's School, Gloucester
  9. Bournemouth School for Girls, Bournemouth
  10. Denmark Road High School, Gloucester


The rankings in the secondary school league tables are determined by the average percentage of examination entries in the three years, 2017-19, gaining A* to B grades at A-level (which is given a double weighting) and the average percentage of entries returning 9-7 or A* and A grades at GCSE.

Only schools that published their results in those years or disclosed them to The Sunday Times have been included in this edition of The Sunday Times Schools Guide, which includes around 1,700 schools. Examination outcomes from 2020 and 2021 have not been used in determining this year’s Parent Power rankings.

St Joseph's School in Christchurch was also named joint fifth in the top 10 primary schools in the south west.