Phoenix45, Is this KES in Stratford? I know folks whose boys go there. I remember being surprised at how low the A* percentage is at A2 level, given how famous the school is. It may be worth using this statistic as a broad comparator in the first instance. You can try this link for the 2011 figures: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/le ... chool.html
You can get the 2012 figures from the same part of that newspaper site. ... I am not a fan of league tables as such, but some of the data can be helpful if used carefully. For example, I would expect some schools in the same area to have similar statistics or there needs to be a satisfactory explanation. ... KES has a new Head. Will this make a difference?
As for Oxbridge, in principle the statistics have been broadly a fair guide. However, with fees at a minimum £9,000 per year plus the cost of living away, there is now enormous financial pressure on many families and an established trend for undergrads to stay close to home. So that near us in London, many students now just stick to LSE, Imperial and UCL and commute from their London-area homes.