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Examination results

Class of 2021 – A Level Exam Results

It has been a very different experience for our A Level students this year and we have been constantly impressed by their determination, ability to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances and their general resilience. Both our Year 12 and Year 13 have now faced a second year of examination disruption but have managed to attain a fantastic set of results despite the uncertainties surrounding examinations. 

The Upper Sixth (Year 13) of The British School this year achieved a staggering 51% of A* or A grades, and 76% A* to B. 87% of all A Level passes were at A* to C. The average UCAS points score was an impressive 144 (approximately equivalent to AAB at A Level).  We carried on our “A*/A tradition” of outstanding Extend Project Qualification (EPQ) results with our Head Girl, Rachel, being awarded an A*.

These results have enabled our students to gain first choice university places at top institutions around the world.

Ms Mitchell, Head of the Senior School, commented, “Our A Level students have worked incredibly hard and I have been hugely impressed by the academic ambition and determination they have shown throughout their time at The British School. Their commitment and the dedication of their teachers has enabled them to achieve the highest academic standards and to develop their wider talents to the full.  Throughout their Sixth Form years, their support for the school community, their ambition and their resilience have shone through in the most difficult of circumstances. They have become well deserved role models for the younger pupils. I wish them every success as they embark on the next stages of their academic journeys.” 

A Level Results

Results as published on 10 August 2021

A Level Results 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
A* 23% 17% 18% 19% 12%
A* or A 51% 47% 42% 36% 25%
A 27% 30% 24% 17% 12%
B 25% 15% 27% 26% 24%
A*, A or B 76% 62% 68% 63% 49%
A* to C 87% 84% 86% 82% 75%
Pass 99% 98% 97% 96% 97%
No. of examinations 91 127 75 72 78

University destinations - up to Class of 2021

United Kingdom

  • Birkbeck, University of London
  • Canterbury Christ Church University
  • *Durham University
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Imperial College London
  • King’s College London
  • Leeds Arts University
  • London South Bank University
  • *London School of Economics
  • Richmond, The American International University in London
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Royal Veterinary College, University of London
  • St. George’s, University of London
  • St. Martin’s College
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Bath
  • *University of Birmingham
  • University of Brighton
  • *University of Edinburgh
  • University of Essex
  • *University of Glasgow
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Kent
  • *University Liverpool
  • *University of Oxford
  • University of Plymouth
  • *University of Sheffield
  • University of St Andrews
  • *University of Stirling
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Sussex
  • *University of Warwick
*The Russell Group represent the 24 leading UK universities

The Netherlands

  • Amsterdam Fashion School
  • Amsterdam University College
  • Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Erasmus University College Rotterdam
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Gerrit Rietveld Academie
  • Hogeschool van Amsterdam
  • Hotelschool The Hague
  • Leiden University
  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
  • SAE Institute
  • Saxion University of Applied Sciences
  • The Hague University
  • Tilburg University
  • TIO University of Applied Sciences
  • TU Delft
  • University of Amsterdam
  • University of Groningen
  • University of Rotterdam
  • University of Tilburg
  • University of Utrecht
  • Volks University Amsterdam
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • VU University Amsterdam
  • Willem de Koning Academie

Other destinations

  • Austria; Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
  • Australia; University of Newcastle
  • Canada; Carlton University, Concordia University, York University
  • France; Airways Aviation Academy Montpellier, ARTFX Lille, Faculté de Médecine de Lille, Gobelins, Paris, Hotel institute Montreux, L’Institut des Médias Avancés, Lille, Sciences Po
  • Germany; Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich
  • Israel; Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music (partnered with Berklee College, USA)
  • Japan; University of Waseda, Tokyo

GCSE Results

We are delighted with our 2021 GCSE results, with 41% of our pupils achieving the highest possible grades (9/8/A*) across 23 GCSE subjects. 89% of our Year 11 cohort achieved a top grade (9/8/A*) in at least one of their subjects, with 16% reaching 9/8/A* in 8 or more subjects.
We are incredibly proud of every pupil and we are pleased to celebrate their hard work, effort and achievement. The challenging circumstances overcome by the students throughout the course of the last academic year have proven their resilience, maturity and strength of character.
In a year of continued disruption in school, including the cancellation of UK examinations, it is fantastic that pupils hard work, and the dedication of their teachers has been recognised with these excellent results.
In some subjects, Drama, Dutch, English Language, Geography, History and Music, the examinations continued as normal. Other subjects had externally set and marked assessment papers in combination with teacher set assessments and ongoing coursework. All were subject to rigorous quality assurance both internally and from our examination boards.
Ms Mitchell, Head of the Senior School, commented, “It was clear during our examination and assessment period, how dedicated our Year 11 pupils were. Despite facing a severely disruptive 2-year GCSE course, they were determined to prove their academic abilities and showed focus and, importantly, supported each other.
Thank you also to the efforts of all the teachers who have kept these pupils going, changing teaching methods to suit online or offline learning, and giving so much additional support when needed. These GCSE results form an excellent base for our pupils to continue with their studies in our Sixth Form, or at schools around the world. I know with this firm foundation they will reap the benefits for their futures.”

IGCSE & GCSE Results

Results as published on 12 August 2021

IGCSE & GCSE Results 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
9 to 7 (A* or A) 59% 54% 54% 46% 29%
9 to 6 (A*, A or B) 75% 77% 77% 71% 64%
9 to 4 (A* to C) 92% 96% 94% 88% 88%
Pass 100% 100% 99% 99% 99%
No. of examinations 335 373 392 312 294.5