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Well done to class of 2017 for a set of great A Level results!

In 2017 the students achieved a 100% pass rate in the following subjects: Art, Business Studies, Dutch, French, Geography, German, Global Perspectives, History, Music, Russian and Spanish.

The British School Sixth Formers achieved an overall 97% pass rate with 25% achieving A* or A. 75% of all A Level passes were at A* to C. 25 Upper Sixth Form students studied towards an impressive total of 73 A levels this year across a diverse and broad range of subject areas.

Examinations

2017

2016

2015

A*

12%

18%

8%

A* or A

25%

43%

26%

A

12%

25%

18%

B

24%

20%

25%

A* to C

75%

79%

61%

Pass

97%

98%

94%

No. of examinations sat

78

87

62


Mrs Mulhall, Head of the Senior School, commented, “Pupils achieved commendable grades across 20 different subjects at A Level this year, many of which have been the new style linear A level course taken for the first time in 2017. These results have enabled the vast majority of our pupils to take up their first choice of course at university or higher education."

University places, to date, for the Class of 2017

United Kingdom
University of Brighton (Architecture)

The Netherlands
Delft University of Technology (Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering)
Erasmus University Rotterdam (Economics and Business Economics)
Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Fine Art)
University of Amsterdam (PPLE, History, Sociology, English Studies)
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (International Business)
University of Groningen (Chemistry)

Canada
Concordia University (Mechanical Engineering)

France
Sciences Po (Politics and International Studies)

University destinations prior to 2017 (degree courses are shown in brackets)

United Kingdom
Birkbeck, University of London (Business Management)
Canterbury Christ Church University (Physiotherapy, Sports Science)
Durham University (Economics)
Imperial College London (Physics)
King's College London (Classics)
Richmond, The American International University in London (Psychology)
St. George's, University of London (Bio-Medicine)
University of Aberdeen (Psychology)
University of Birmingham (Pharmacy)
University of Brighton (Business Management)
University of Essex (Art)
University of Greenwich (Event Management)
University of Surrey (Physics, Physics with Astronomy)
University of Warwick (Mathematics)

The Netherlands
Delft University of Technology (Aerospace)
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (International Business Management)
Hotelschool The Hague (Hotel Management, Business Administration)
Saxion University of Applied Sciences (Game Design and Production)
The Hague University (European Studies)
University of Amsterdam (Hospitality, European Studies, Economics & Business)
University of Groningen (Business Management)
Utrecht University (Notarial Law)
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Computer Science, Business & Innovation)

Austria
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (Fine Art)

Australia
University of Newcastle (Biotechnology)

Germany
Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich (Engineering)

Canada
Carlton University (Biotechnology & Biochemistry)

New school building

The British School of Amsterdam has acquired Havenstraat 6 in the old south area of Amsterdam, a 19th century listed building that will be redeveloped into a beautiful and contemporary new 13,500 m² home for all our pupils.

Since being founded in 1978, the BSA has grown to occupy three separate locations in the old south area of Amsterdam. But it has always been our vision to be a united community of pupils, parents and staff on a single site that offers top-quality facilities and abundant outside space.

Havenstraat 6 was designed and built between 1888 and 1891. The BSA is in the design phase. We will begin redeveloping the site in the spring of 2018 and expect to move into the new school in 2020 at the latest.

We marked this special occasion in March with a celebration at Anthonie van Dijckstraat. Some staff, pupils, parents, officials including Dutch interior minister Ronald Plasterk and Amsterdam alderman for education Simone Kukenheim were there, as were many other people who have helped and supported us during the many years we spent searching for a new home.

“Our new home will continue to promote our ethos of delivering outstanding, pupil-centred learning. We want to be ambitious in the planning and design. We will create inside areas and outdoor spaces that inspire ambition and ignite enjoyment in original and imaginative ways,“ said Paul Morgan, Principal of The British School of Amsterdam.

“The size of the space means we’ll have room to grow as we flourish in the future. The new school will have capacity for 1,200 children. Having said that, we’ll make absolutely sure we keep our small-school, family feel,” he added.

Simone Kukenheim, Amsterdam alderman for education, said: “I’m delighted to see The British School of Amsterdam find a beautiful new home. Amsterdam is an internationally-oriented city, with many international companies based here. Good international education is crucial for the children and for Amsterdam.”

Jonathan Atack, Chairman of the Supervisory Board said: “This an exciting milestone in the evolution of a school that is not yet 40 years old, but has grown to just under 900 pupils, providing a very special education to the residents of Amsterdam and making it an attractive city for expats from many of the world’s leading companies. We now see the opportunity to expand which will enable us to support the ongoing growth and prosperity of Amsterdam.”

Atelier PRO, which has a strong track record in international education buildings, has been chosen as the lead architect for the new school. Hoogevest Architecten, which was involved in the renovation of the Rijksmuseum, will be responsible for renovation work. Buro Sant en Co will help with the design of the outdoor space. Other technical advisers involved have worked on transforming locations in Amsterdam such as the Anne Frank house, Hermitage Amsterdam and the Van Gogh museum.

More information can be found at the Atelier PRO website.