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, IGCSE 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) .
This year our Year 13 students celebrated the attainment of BST’s best-ever A level results and the majority have already taken up places at the university of their choice. Just the fourth cohort of 18 year-olds to graduate, this year’s exam candidates can certainly be proud of their achievements: 52% of all entries were awarded A*/A grades and a very creditable 76% achieved grade B or better. These results are well above the UK national average (in UK schools in 2014 just 26% of A Level entries were awarded the top two grades) and easily surpass our own three-year average scores.
It is especially encouraging that our students continue to win places on extremely competitive courses at prestigious Russell Group universities, including Edinburgh, Exeter, Imperial, King’s, Leeds and UCL. For the first time, BST will be represented at both the Royal College of Music and Trinity, while for the fourth year running one of our talented A Level artists will be studying at St Martin’s. Emphasising our international outlook, this year our students will also be taking up places at universities in Canada, India and the United States and, closer to home, at Doshisha in Kyoto.
Although they still have another year of hard work ahead of them, the promising performance of our Year 12 students in their AS Levels was just as encouraging. One student achieved A grades in all twelve of her modules, another in ten and two in nine. There were also a number of 100% ‘perfect’ scores. There is no time for them to rest on their laurels, but if they determine to do so, this year group can certainly shine in 2016.
IGCSE and GCSE results were every bit as praiseworthy: in what was our first year of IGCSE examinations well over half of all entries (57%) attained the top A*/A grades and there were some real pockets of excellence. For example, out of a total of 36 entries in History and Geography, 28 students were awarded those top grades. To put these results into context, Cambridge IGCSE A*/A grades in English amounted to just 18% of the total global entry last year, while at BST this year the figure was 45%; our mathematicians recorded a 56% A*/A pass rate, compared to 35% globally in 2014, and our scientists (Biology, Physics and Chemistry) opened up a similar gap ahead of their peers around the world.
While successes of our top performers certainly deserve congratulation, it is always even more heartening 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 times when a B or even a C offers just as much cause for celebration as an A*.
Most of these successful Secondary School candidates are, of course, indebted to the teachers who gave them such a good start in the Primary School. It bodes well for the future then, that Year 6 can boast some outstanding results in their Key Stage 2 SATS. Remarkably, in a year group with more students than ever before, everyone achieved Level 4 or above in Reading, Grammar and Maths, while more than 70% achieved Level 5 or above in all three. Just over 90% of our students achieved Level 5 in Grammar and one in five achieved Level 6 in both Grammar and Maths.
These outstanding results represent a fitting reward for a talented, hard-working group of pupils and for their very dedicated teachers.