There are many reasons people choose to move to a particular district or area, and living within easy reach of a good school is one of them. Proximity to high-achieving schools is often something property seekers are not willing to compromise on.

If you are looking for the best schools in Islington or the nearby areas of Stoke Newington, Highbury, or Newington Green, then you are in luck. Islington provides some of the best primary and secondary schools in the country.

We have compared performance data from 2019 and Ofsted ratings for primary and secondary state schools in Islington and complied a league table of best schools.

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Top 10 Primary Schools near Islington

1. William Tyndale Primary School

Upper Street, London, N1 2GG

This is the number one ranked state primary school in Islington based on performance data at the end of key stage 2 from 2019. This school’s progress scores are well above average for reading, writing and maths, with one-third of pupils achieving a higher standard.

Ages: 3 to 11

Ofsted rating: Outstanding (2013)

2. Hugh Myddelton Primary School 

Myddelton Street, London, EC1R 1YJ

Hugh Myddelton Primary in Islington ranks a very close second. This school has very similar performance data to William Tyndale Primary, with just over one-third of children achieving a higher standard in reading, writing and maths.

Ages: 2 to 11

Ofsted rating: Outstanding (2017)

3. St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

Highgate Hill, Highgate, London, N19 5NE

At number 3 in the best primary schools in Islington is St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School. Although their progress score for maths is just average, compared to well above average for their more highly rated counterparts, 92% of key stage 2 pupils met the expected standard in 2019, and 31% achieved a higher standard.

Ages: 3 to 11

Ofsted rating: Outstanding (2009)

4. St John’s Highbury Vale CofE Primary School

Conewood Street, London, N5 1DL

Our number four ranked primary school in Islington based on performance data and Ofsted results is St John’s Highbury Vale. 90% of pupils meet the expected standard at the end of Key Stage 2, and 30% of pupils are achieving at a higher standard.

Ages: 3 to 11

Ofsted rating: Outstanding (2009)

5. Winton Primary School

Killick Street, Pentonville Road, London, N1 9AZ

The school ranked fifth in our Islington primary school league table is Winton Primary. Pupil progress is well above average for reading and writing and above average for maths.

Ages: 2 to 11

Ofsted rating: Good (2018)

6. Thornhill Primary School

Thornhill Road, Islington, London, N1 1HX

Thornhill Primary School in Islington is our number six ranked school based on 2019 performance data. Pupil progress is well above average for maths and above average for reading and writing.

Ages: 3 to 11

Ofsted rating: Good (2017)

7. Robert Blair School

Brewery Road, Islington, London, N7 9QJ

Ranked 7th in the best primary schools in Islington is Robert Blair School. Their results are excellent, with over 90% of children meeting the expected standard. This school also have a children’s centre attached which takes children from 6 months old.

Ages: 0 to 11

Ofsted rating: Good (2019)

8. Copenhagen Primary School

Treaty Sreet, Islington, N1 0WF

Copenhagen School is eighth in our listing of the best primary schools in Islington.

Ages: 3 to 11

Ofsted rating: Good (2017)

9. Gillespie Primary School

Gillespie Road, Highbury, London, N5 1LH

Gillespie Primary School was rated outstanding by Ofsted in 2011 and achieves progress scores well above average for reading, writing and maths. We have ranked this school 9th in the best primary schools in Islington due to the performance data for key stage 2 in 2019. 87% of Gillespie pupils met the expected standard, and 13% achieved at a higher standard. This is marginally less than its higher-ranked counterparts.

Ages: 3 to 11

Ofsted rating: Good (2017)

10. Tufnell Park Primary School

31 Carleton Road, Islington, N7 0HJ

Finally, ranked 10th in our primary school league table is Tufnell Park.

Ages: 2 to 11

Ofsted rating: Good (2017)

Top 5 Secondary Schools near Islington

Top secondary schools in Islington

1. Highbury Fields School

Highbury Hill, Islington, N5 1AR

At number one in our Islington secondary school rankings is Highbury Fields School. This is a girls’ state school with excellent exam results at GCSE and A-Level and an outstanding Ofsted.

Ages: 11-18

Gender: Girls

Type: Non-selective

Ofsted rating: Outstanding (2016)

2. Central Foundation Boys School

Cowper Street, Islington, EC2A 4SH

Central Foundation is an excellent Islington secondary school ranking second in our league table.

Ages: 11-18

Gender: Boys

Type: Non-selective

Ofsted rating: Outstanding (2015)

3. St Mary Magdalene

475 Liverpool Road, Islington, N7 8PG

With above-average progress scores and excellent GSCE and A-Level results, St Mary Magdalene is ranked number three in the best secondary schools in Islington.

Ages: 11-18

Gender: Mixed

Type: Non-selective

Ofsted rating: Good (2017)

4. City of London Academy Islington

Prebend Street, Islington, N1 8PQ

Rated outstanding by Ofsted in 2021, City of London Academy Islington is our number 4 ranked state school in Islington.

Ages: 11-18

Gender: Mixed

Type: Non-selective

Ofsted rating: Outstanding (2019)

5. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School

Donegal Street, Islington, N1 9QG

At fifth place in our top five secondary schools in Islington is Elizabeth Garrett Anderson.

Ages: 11-18

Gender: Girls

Type: Non-selective

Ofsted rating: Outstanding (2014)

Top Independent Secondary Schools near Islington

1. City of London School for Girls

St Giles’ Terrace, Barbican, EC2Y 8BB

In Best Schools’ league table of independent schools in the UK, the City of London School for Girls ranks 21st. This school is located in the heart of the Barbican, just a short journey from Islington. Pupils must be successful in two assessments and an interview to secure a place. There are a small number of scholarships and bursaries available.

Ages: 11-18

Gender: Girls

2. North Bridge House Canonbury School

6-9 Canonbury Place, Islington, N1 2NQ

North Bridge House Canonbury School is a well regarded independent school in Islington. Exam results at both GCSE and A-Levels are excellent. Applicants must pass both an exam and interview to be offered a place.

Ages: 11-18

Gender: Mixed

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