BST students have again produced outstanding results in the Sixth Form and at all the key stages in earlier years. Tests are taken in the Primary School at the end of Year 2 (age 6-7) and Year 6 (age 10-11). In the Secondary School, GCSE exams are taken at the end of Year 11 (age 15-16) and Sixth Form students aged 16,17 and 18 take AS exams (Year 12) and A levels (Year 13) .
Year 13 students who graduated from BST in 2014 were able to celebrate first-class A level results and many have now confirmed places at the university of their choice. The third cohort of 18 year-olds to complete their secondary education at BST, this year’s group may have been a small one, but they can certainly be proud of their achievements: 60% of all entries were awarded A*-B grades, significantly higher than the UK national average.
It is especially encouraging to see students winning places on very competitive courses such as Maths and Physics at prestigious Russell Group universities, including Bristol, UCL and Warwick but most pleasing of all is that they all achieved what was needed to move on to the next stage in their education. For example, BST students will soon be starting out at City University (Psychology), Exeter (History), Reading (English & Film Studies) and St Mary’s, Twickenham (Education). Closer to home, the school will also be represented at both Waseda and Keio when the new Japanese academic year commences.
The very promising performance of our Year 12 students in their AS Levels bodes well for 2015. One student managed six A grades, another achieved five and four more came away with four apiece. More than 40% of all papers taken were awarded an A grade, while two thirds were adjudged to be either A or B. This year group is well on track for BST’s best-ever A-level results in a year’s time.
Year 11 achieved similarly praiseworthy GCSE results. Almost a third of all entries – excluding Japanese, where our students have an obvious advantage – attained the top A* grade, and 60% were awarded A*/A. In History, for example, there were 18 candidates, with 8 A* students and four A grades. To put these results into context A* grades amounted to less than 7% of the total entry In England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
While it is a delight to be able to share with you the successes of our top performers, it is even more pleasing to see students who have had to work very hard to cope with the demands of public examinations, achieving results better than even they might have expected. There are certainly times when a C or even a D is just as much a cause for celebration as an A*.
A number of these successful GCSE and A Level candidates are, of course, indebted to the teachers who gave them such a good start in the Primary School. Year 6 can boast some outstanding results in their Key Stage 2 SATS. A remarkable 85% of the year group achieved Level 5 or better in Reading and Grammar (where 25% achieved Level 6!) and more than 70% earned at least Level 5 in Maths.
These outstanding examination results represent a fitting reward for a talented, hard-working group of pupils and for their very dedicated teachers.