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’s A Level candidates - and their teachers - can be very proud of their achievements: almost half (48%) of all subject entries, achieved the top A*/A grades, while 74% were graded B or better. Remarkably, 1 in 4 of our Year 13 students were awarded A*/A in at least three subjects. To put that into context for those of you who are still rather unfamiliar with the UK A Level system, it may be helpful if I point out that almost all students specialise by studying just three subjects in their final year.
It should come as no surprise then to learn that so many of our students have won places on extremely competitive degree courses at a wide range of prestigious universities across the UK, including Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Manchester and University College, London. In keeping with our international outlook, BST students will also be taking up places at universities as far afield as Australia, Canada, and the Netherlands and, much closer to home, at Keio University here in Japan.
Although they still have another year of focused study ahead of them, I was just as impressed with the performance of our Year 12 students in their AS Levels. In fact, their results exceeded our expectations (and possibly theirs!) and while there is certainly no room for complacency, all the indications are that this hard-working year group can shine in 2019.
Although this year’s changes to the GCSE grading system in the UK make it a little more difficult to share a succinct summary with you, the Year 11 GCSE and IGCSE results were every bit as praiseworthy as those of their seniors. A*/A grades accounted for approximately 70% of all entries (up from 66% last year) and it was especially pleasing to see outstanding results across the whole spectrum of academic disciplines – in Maths and Science, in Art and Photography, in English, MFL and the Humanities. In History and Geography, for example, no fewer than 61 out of a total of 71 entries were graded A*/A.
While I am always delighted to share with you the successes of our top performers, I know that our teachers often derive even greater satisfaction from seeing students who have struggled to cope with the demands of public examinations, achieving results better than even they might have expected. There are certainly times when a B or even a C offers just as much cause for celebration as an A*.
As these IGCSE students move on to their A Level courses in Year 12, it is noteworthy – and perhaps a reflection of the School’s burgeoning academic reputation - that this term will see student numbers in the Sixth Form easily exceeding 100 for the first time in our 30-year history.
Many of our successful Secondary School examination candidates are, of course, indebted to the teachers who gave them such a head start in the Primary School. In the summer term, our Year 2 and Year 6 participated in KS1 and KS2 SATs assessments for Reading, Mathematics, and Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling. Scoring significantly above the national average, 90% of our Y6 students reached at least the required level in both Reading and Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling, while 92% of pupils met or exceeded the standard in Mathematics. 100% of our Year 2 children reached the required level in Mathematics, while 92% met or exceeded the standard in both Reading and Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling.
These outstanding results represent a just reward for an enthusiastic, hard-working group of pupils and for their caring, dedicated teachers.