Studies have found private schools in many states returning the lowest total A-levels in a decade. The findings add to the mounting pressure on schools to improve on their A-level results, which were down by 4% to 1.17m students last year.
The benchmark exams are notoriously difficult, with A-levels falling a net1.6% in the past decade, according to experts.
This year marks the first time that government attempts to overhaul the exams has led to significant jumps in results. In 2011, studies showed that almost a fifth of the top 10 best performing subjects across the five state schools with an average 5.11m A-levels earned had taken the test.
The results have prompted a backlash with the Department for Education telling newsdesk: “While this study shows that higher education institutions are outperforming the local and other academic sectors, this has been largely due to public institutions not taking the exams.”
The biggest losses come in the form of lower-income students. A study of the best 10 institutions showed that the best performing grades were at the top grade: A-C in science, mathematics, engineering and science.
All told, there were 41 schools in the top 10 districts, with one each district representing a state and five private schools.
Over half of all the schools in the top 10 are in central London, while other academies saw a drop in results and in the lowest secondary school in the country, a drop of 53%.