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IGCSE results for St Paul´s pupils

Great results yet again!

We are delighted with this year’s international GCSE results, which the current L6th pupils received last Tuesday (14th). Their first ever internationally recognised public exams, these are a watershed moment for the new IB diploma pupils and recognition of two years of hard work and commitment through the IGCSE course. These two year courses include coursework and examined components and are a benchmark assessment, used in British and international schools in the UK and overseas.   

The overall results are fabulous, with 48% A*/A (the top two grades) which put our pupils on a par with UK selective independent schools. In particular 16 key individuals deserve to be proud of all they have achieved, scoring 8 or more A grades: Carlos, Gonzalo, Nicole, Luigi, Sophia, Estela (all A/A*), Pedro (all A/A*), Rafaela, Zahra, Laura (all A/A*), Julia (all A/A*), Valentina, Aida, Gian Luca, Arthur (all A/A*), and Lorenzo. “It is extremely challenging to prepare so thoroughly for so many subjects across a diverse curriculum and these boys and girls deserve many congratulations”, said the school’s Head, Ms Louise Simpson.   

This year, as part of the ongoing integration of our Brazilian and British curricula, we have expanded our curriculum offer so that all pupils now complete an international qualification in the arts (music, music technology, visual arts or drama) and we have added a new subject, global perspectives, to the humanities. Pupils now, typically, do 9 or 10 IGCSEs rather than 7 or 8 as in the past. In addition, this year the pupils have all completed an AS level qualification in Portuguese literature, in order to prepare them for the IB even better. The AS is a UK 6th form qualification, designed for 17 year olds, and we are delighted with the overall success in these results, which bode extremely well for the IB Portuguese 1st language course which the pupils have just embarked upon. The results for these papers are remarkable – with 86% of the grades being A or B (the top two grades).   

Across the board some subjects deserve special mention at IGCSE too: the benefits of a bilingual education are clear for our pupils – with 100% of the foreign language IGCSE papers in Spanish and Portuguese scoring A and A* grades and 89% in French.  Our pupils show great promise in science too, with 55% A*/A in the three sciences. And in the new subject of global perspectives, pupils have shown their internationally minded approach by scoring 56% A*/A.  In maths, we are delighted to see that the results are building on last year with encouraging improvements.   

IGCSE results for St Paul´s pupils

IGCSE results for St Paul´s pupils

“We could not be happier with the overall 79% A*/B and we wish the Lower 6th many congratulations as they celebrate and now settle into their IB diploma programme as the term progresses. I am sure that they will enjoy celebrating with their families, all of whom have contributed significantly to the success of these hard working boys and girls”, said Ms Simpson.   

Mathematician at St. Paul’s School ‘top in the world’

One learner from St. Paul’s has received a prestigious award from Cambridge International Examinations to acknowledge his outstanding performance in the November 2016 Cambridge examination series.

Cambridge Top in the World awards recognise the success of learners who have achieved the highest standard mark in the world for a single subject. Henrique Lorente, 16, received the Top in the World award for Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics (without coursework.)


Louise Simpson, Head at St. Paul’s said that the awards recognised the talent, dedication and commitment of both learners and staff. She said: “This is a very special achievement indeed for Henrique and for the maths department and we are thrilled that he has been recognised in this way.” Proud maths teacher Mike Sanderson added “I am so pleased to see Henrique’s hard work come to fruition in this way.”

Janet Morris, Director, International Network, said:

“It is extremely rewarding to congratulate Cambridge learners and teachers at St. Paul’s who have worked so hard to achieve tremendous success in Cambridge examinations. The results are a reflection of the enormous talent in Brazil, not only among learners but also within the teaching profession. Learners from St Paul’s have a bright future ahead of them, and I wish them every success in their future.”

Cambridge programmes and qualifications are taken by learners in more than 10000 schools in 160 countries. They are recognised by universities and employers around the world.

Outstanding early university offers for class of 2017 at St. Paul’s School, São Paulo.

We have continued to be hugely impressed by the outstanding university offers the graduating class of 2017 have received at St. Paul’s School, São Paulo.  Now is the time for the US universities to complete the offering process and the list is the best we have ever had.  We do not yet know which institutions will be the pupils’ final choices but here is a taster of the US institutions who are keen to have Pauleans as students in September: Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Caltech, Columbia, Dartmouth, UPenn (Wharton), NYU (Stern), UCLA, Berkeley California, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, Parsons the New School, Berklee College of Music, University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon, Babson and Georgetown.  Many pupils have multiple Ivy League offers and now have the difficult job of deciding which to accept.  Across the Atlantic, the UK offers are conditional on IB results and the list is just as impressive, with a very good number of pupils holding the maximum number of offers at the top (Russell Group) universities; London School of Economics, Bristol, Bath, Edinburgh, St Andrew’s, Southampton, Leeds, University College London, Manchester, Warwick, City, Exeter and Sussex are just some of the impressive colleges on the lists.  In addition we have an unprecedented number of offers for the top UK London art schools which really are the best in the world.  We do not envy our leavers making their decisions!