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.
“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.