Every year we enjoy celebrating with the new Lower 6th Form pupils as they receive their IGCSE results in the middle of August; this year is no different, with 50% of all the grades obtained yesterday at A/A* or distinction/* distinction, the top two grades, and 75% A* to B. This is a remarkable achievement and every pupil is to be congratulated on their individual successes.
Studied by virtually every pupil in the UK system, with exams at aged 16, the IGCSE is an internationally recognised, UK curriculum based qualification which is externally set, assessed and moderated. Our pupils study a broad and balanced curriculum including the arts, sciences, humanities, maths, and languages, and they generally sit 9 to 11 subjects. The pupils who attained the best overall results in the IGCSE, BTEC, and AS Portuguese literature exams are: Amogh, Felipe, Victor, Julia, Lucca, Lara, Eduardo, Laura, Victoria, Gabriela, Rodrigo, Isabella and Gabriela (see main photo, from left). They are to be congratulated especially; many of these have achieved all A and A* grades. This is no mean feat and they should be very proud of their achievements.
The breadth of success across the departments reflects the many strengths of the St. Paul’s curriculum and the determination and commitment of our pupils; those studying foreign language French, Spanish and Portuguese all scored 100% A/A* grades. In the sciences, IGCSE computer science (64%) and physics (59%) pupils both did very well. And in the humanities, 76% of pupils who chose global perspectives, a new course introduced just 2 years ago, did brilliantly to obtain an A/A* grade. Finally in the arts, music technology pupils attained 100% * distinction, the very top grade.
Doing well in examinations is not everything, but these results open doors for our pupils for the future. It will lead them, we know, to great success in their IB diploma programme studies in the final two years of school, and to great college offers when they graduate in 2021. Well done everyone!