Pupils at UCS benefit from demanding yet supportive teaching. Throughout the curriculum, they develop excellent study skills – gaining much from both formal instructions on critical thinking and philosophical approaches which inform their study habits and techniques for learning.

Intellectual curiosity, breadth of study and independence of mind are intended consequences of this enlightened vision of education, which, together with well-balanced personal development and academic excellence, produced highly impressive publicly examined results for the school in 2023.

However, our first priority always remains our pupils’ happiness and wellbeing. We believe that academic success is something that will follow only when our young people are content and self-confident. This crucial aspect is what pleases us most whenever their hard work – and that of our dedicated teaching staff – gets its reward in terms of elite grades.

Bumper crop

In 2023, 73% of GCSE grades gained by our Year 11 boys were either 8s or 9s, while 90% were 9–7 and 42% were grade 9. At A Level, 93% of grades attained by UCS pupils were A*–B, 72% were A*–A, and 29% were A*.

The GCSE exams mark a climactic moment in a pupil’s passage from Lower School and through Middle School; this part of the UCS experience pertains to a single-sex education in which our boys learn, develop and excel free from certain social pressures which they can negotiate with more confidence and maturity from age 16.

Results summaries

We are understandably proud of our outstanding track record in public examinations but the key to this success lies in establishing the right balance for each and every pupil between their academic ambitions, their pastoral needs and their interests outside the classroom and beyond.

2023 Results Summary

2022 Results Summary

2021 Results Summary

2020 Results Summary

2019 Results Summary

2018 Results Summary


of GCSE grades were 8–9 in the 2023 results


pupils achieved straight 8s and 9s at GCSE


pupils registered straight A*–A grades at A Level


of all GCSE grades for 2023 were 9–7


of all A Level grades were A*–B in 2023


of pupils took up places at 1st/2nd-choice university

Breadth of study

Our pupils are encouraged to nurture their own academic specialisms as they move up the school while also benefiting from the avowedly rounded education in which we offer more than 22 subjects at both GCSE and A Level.

The independence and initiative which characterise our approach to lessons and academic enrichment subsequently lend themselves perfectly to the two years at our co-educational Sixth Form, where student engagement often seems to be at undergraduate level.

Our leavers then move on to a variety of the UK’s leading universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, Imperial, Edinburgh and St Andrews, as well as prestigious overseas institutions such as Duke University, the University of Miami and New York University.

UCS was graded Excellent – the highest descriptor that can be awarded – in the Educational Quality Inspection carried out by the Independent Schools Inspectorate in November 2021.