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ACADEMIC STANDARDS INSPECTION SUMMARY
Quotes from our most recent inspection report (see home page):

‘In many subjects pupil progress is outstanding

‘Pupils at the ABCIS achieve so well because they learn through an outstanding curriculum. The quality of teaching is outstanding because teachers are confident, assured and know their subjects exceptionally well. Pupils respond accordingly’.

IGCSE: ‘Over the last three years, pupils’ attainment exceeds worldwide averages in most subjects. Importantly, almost all pupils in the year group met and many exceeded their expected grades’.

‘A’ levels: ‘the progress made by these pupils is high compared to pupils in other international schools taking the same examinations’

IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education)

Our 16 year old (Year 11) students sit the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), or IGCSE exams. These are the most popular and prestigious exams for this age group offered in international schools throughout the World. We are very proud that for many years IGCSE results at the ABCIS in the majority of subject areas have been far above UK and international school performance averages. Consequently we now measure our performance against the best international schools in the World.

Year

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

Number of Exams

358

462

333

386

346

A*-A

67%

(A* 40%)

54%

61%

49%

54%

A*-B

84%

73%

82%

72%

77%

A*-C

95%

89%

94%

89%

91%

IGCSE Highlights 2016

    • The percentage of A* grade awards was 40%, an exceptionally high proportion for any school globally.
    • The percentage of grade awards overall which were either A*/A was 67%, far exceeding the UK schools average of 21.2%, and significantly above international school federation averages.
    • Our returns in all other categories also far exceed UK averages and those of most international schools.
    • Performances in most individual subject areas also far exceed UK and international school averages.
    • For the second year in a row, all Year 10 students who sat IGCSE exams one year early achieved A* or A grades (100%).

A LEVEL EXAMINATIONS (Years 12 and 13)

A Level exams are sat by students aged 16-18 and provide qualifications which allow our students access to the best universities worldwide. ABCIS students consistently outperform UK schools across the vast majority of subject areas. Our A Level results allow ABCIS students to access high quality universities in the USA, UK, Australia, Canada and elsewhere worldwide.

AS Results (Year 12)

Year

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

Number of Exams

196

121

155

107

89

A

33%

40%

31%

36%

27%

A-B

50%

56%

46%

53%

46%

A-C

63%

74%

62%

79%

66%

A-E (Passes)

90%

93%

90%

94%

92%

A2 Results (Year 13)

Year

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

Number of       eXAms

74

93

56

58

24

A*-A

48%

37%

50%

40%

44%

A*-B

76%

57%

75%

66%

56%

A*-C

89%

74%

93%

79%

76%

A-E (Passes)

100%

87%

100%

98%

100%

MONITORING STUDENTS PROGRESS

We carefully analyse the performance of each student several times a year and intervene to set individual targets on a regular basis. To allow us to do this we use internal examination data alongside external examination results provided by CEM (The Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring, Durham University, UK) and international examination grades.

Analysis shows students meet or exceed targets and expectations over the long term and there is exceptional progress for many individuals and in many subject areas.

STANDARDS FROM THE EYFS TO KEY STAGE 3 (ages 3-14)

During our recent BSO inspection the inspection team found the following:
In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS): ‘ Children make good progress towards achieving the Early Learning Goals. By the time pupils move to Year 1 they are generally working at age-related skills in all the areas of learning. This illustrates the impressive strides they make, particularly in their language skills and in their personal and social development’.

Key Stage 1 (Year 1-2, ages 5-7)

      • English: ‘Pupils’ attainment and progress in English are good and sometimes outstanding. By Year 2, pupils have made excellent gains in speaking and listening and make good progress in reading and writing. They reach standards expected of pupils in England at this stage’.

Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6, ages 7-11)

      • English: ‘They continue to make mostly good progress throughout Key Stage 2’
      • Maths: ‘In Key Stage 2, it is not unusual for pupils to be performing at levels expected of older pupils. ‘Three quarters of pupils in Key Stage 2 were above the expected curriculum standard’.

Key Stage 3 (Year 7-9, age 11-14)

    • English: ‘Progress in reading continues to be more rapid throughout Key Stage 3 where most pupils now read with increasing fluency and expression. Attainment levels at the end of Key Stage 3 broadly matches those of pupils in England’.
    • Maths: ‘Over 90 per cent of pupils in Key Stage 3 were above the expected curriculum standard’.