King's College in Wimbledon has been named the UK’s best boys' or co-ed independent school for 2018 by national newspaper The Sunday Times.

The selective school in Southside Common took the honour as 96.4 per cent of their GCSE results were A* and A grades.

They ranked third overall in the independent secondary school category for Greater London, behind St Paul's Girls' School and City of London School for Girls.

Deputy head teacher of King's, Melissa Clarke, said she was "extremely proud of all our pupils and their academic successes.

"That our boys and girls have once again managed to achieve such excellent academic outcomes whilst also participating regularly in a wide range of co-curricular activities is a testament to their commitment, dedication and motivation."

Not only did the colleges finish in the top three in London for a second year in a row, but it also ranked top three in the nation for back to back years.

Headmaster Andrew Halls wrote in The Sunday Times piece that “a mere ranking will always make clean and stark what is really rich, ambiguous and broad, no league table will ever be able to show our success in music, sport and drama, the way we look after each child in our care and do our best for them and their family."

But there was more than one Wimbledon school that managed to crack the top ten list for London.

Wimbledon High School came in ninth place for the independent secondary school category for Greater London, but also placed 19 for the nation.

A total of 93.6 per cent of students achieved A* and A grades.