St Paul's School/St Paul's Girls' School
St Paul's School stood as part of the eponymous cathedral in central London when it was founded in 1509. It now lies south of the river by Hammersmith Bridge. The girls' school opened nearby in 1904. Both are consistently among the best performing schools at GCSE and A-Level.
Entry to St Paul's Girls' School is at 11+ and 16+. The boys' school admits pupils to its preparatory Colet Court at 7+, 8+ and 11+. St Paul's School's biggest intake is at 13+ but there is also admission at 16+.
The boys' school says on average 65 out of 180 pupils receive offers from Oxbridge every year. About twenty are offered places from top US universities such as Yale and Harvard. St Paul's Girls' fares equally well with 34 out of 105 going to Oxbridge in 2013. Ten went to the US while the rest accepted places at institutions such as UCL and Edinburgh.
Alumni for St Paul's School include head of BBC News James Harding and chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne. The girls' school boasts Labour MP Harriet Harman as well as actresses Emily Mortimer, Jennifer Saunders and Natasha Richardson among its ranks.