NINE Merseyside and Cheshire schools have been named among the top 200 schools in the country.
Wirral schools performed particularly well with five establishments on the list.
Upton Hall School in Wirral and the Blue Coat School in Wavertree, Liverpool, were the highest local schools in the league.
Both had 100pc of pupils gaining the set standard of level 5 in English, maths and science. Sandy Titter-shill, headteacher at the Blue Coat, said: "We are very pleased because external exams and tests are taken very seriously by this school.
"It is the most important part of our business. It is a credit to the students and the teachers."
Other Wirral schools in the list are Wirral Grammar School for Girls and Wirral Grammar School for Boys, both in Bebington, Calday Grange Grammar School and West Kirby Grammar School.
Assistant headteacher of West Kirby Grammar, Kirsty Whitely said: "We are delighted by the success of our students.
"They have achieved well across all areas of the curriculum."
In Liverpool, St Edwards College, West Derby, King David High School, child-wall, and St Hilda's Church of England School, Sefton Park, were also named among the top 200 best performing schools in the country.