Academic Results

We are very pleased indeed with our academic results in the last few years. As you can see from the information below we secure some outstanding results - especially in light of the fact that we are a non-selective school

While many results are very high, one should also note 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*.

Many of our students go on to study at excellent universities around the world including Cambridge, Imperial College, New York University, University of British Columbia and Todai (Tokyo University) to name but a few.  

You can find out more about our curriculum on this page https://www.bst.ac.jp/school-life/secondary-school

 

BST Public Examination Results - Summer 2020

We are delighted with the grades which have been awarded to the students at BST. It was a very challenging year for the students in so many ways and they should be so proud of their achievements. The support which parents and teachers gave them was vital and we hope they are also celebrating the successes.

At A Level the overall grades were:

 

2020

2019

2018

A*-A

72.2%

54.7%

48.2%

A*-B

85.9%

76.7%

72.8%

A*-C

97.0%

90.0%

87.7%

A*-E

99.5%

99.3%

98.3%

 

Students that have graduated from BST this year are going on to some of the best universities in the world including Imperial College London, UCL and Durham in the UK, Todai and Keio in Japan and many others such in Europe, USA, Canada and China.

As a non-selective school, of course we are equally proud of our students who may not have attained the highest grades on the scale but managed to attain or surpass their own personal targets and challenges.

For (I)GCSE the grades were:

 

2020

2019

2018

A*-A/9-7

72.7%

65.4%

69.8%

A*-B/9-6

88.6%

84.5%

89.9%

A*-C/9-4

99.5%

95.6%

99.6%

A*-E/9-4

99.8%

100%

100%

Note that examinations are in a transition phase and some courses award letter grades while others award numbers

These results are very pleasing and enable these students to have a great basis on which to build for their future studies. It was especially impressive to have 6 students who managed to attain A*/9 grades in all of their subjects.

The British School in Tokyo 3 year average data
 

Background to this year’s grading

This year’s GCSE and A level results had to be awarded differently from usual, after exams were unable to go ahead due to Covid-19. Schools were asked to use their professional experience to make a fair and objective judgement of the grades they believed a student would have achieved had they sat their exams this year, based on work that the student had already done, then to submit these centre-assessed grades (CAGs) to the relevant exam board.

Groups of teachers and leaders in each subject worked together to discuss and agree CAGs for each student. They took into account a wide range of available evidence, including class work, mock exams and other records of student performance.

The intention was that the exam boards would moderate the submitted CAGs, to check that schools and colleges had approached this task consistently, before providing students with their final calculated grades. Unfortunately, as you may be aware, the method and algorithm they used to do this proved problematic, and lead to many grades being unfairly downgraded. The government therefore made the decision that GCSE and A level students would be awarded whichever was higher for each subject – their CAG or their calculated grade. This is what the grades students received are based on.