Examination Results and University destinations

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Rugby’s results mark the School out as one of the strongest academic schools in the country and we are proud to publish them. However, we do not take part in newspaper league tables and consequently do not publish our examination results immediately, but when any re-marks have been concluded. An explanation for Rugby not taking part in league tables from 2018 can be found here.

Statement from the Head Master regarding withdrawal from League Tables

Leavers Destinations

The majority of students from Rugby School go on to the best universities in the UK and across the world. Others choose excellent specialist courses or degree apprenticeships.


Left: Proportion of students attending tier 1 and 2 in the most recent year.

Right: Applications over time.

University rankings are notoriously difficult to navigate. To assist our students, we consider those institutions that consistently feature in the top 10 across the Good University, Times, Guardian and QS World university rankings to be Tier 1, those in the top 20 are Tier 2 and those in the top 35 Tier 3.
We also offer an excellent Oxbridge preparation program for those students that demonstrate the attitude and aptitude to make a credible application. Support includes weekly mentoring in the Oxbridge Tutorial style, weekly extension work and designated weekly preparation time alongside a serries of mock entrance tests and interviews.
For those interested in applying to North American Universities, or Head of North American Universities working with UES supports the process of research and application. A growing number of our students look to the US or Europe every year as well as making application through UCAS. Some examples of the range and variety of our leavers’ destinations can be seen below.


Tier 1 Tier 2
1-15 16-30
Bath Royal Holloway
Cambridge Leeds
Durham Aberdeen
Loughborough Dundee
Oxford Newcastle
St Andrews Southampton
Imperial York
LSE Birmingham
Warwick Manchester
Lancaster UEA
Glasgow Cardiff
Bristol Liverpool
Exeter Nottingham
Total Students 93 Total Students 33


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