BSB Students Excel in IB and ‘A’ Level Exams

The British School of Bahrain is proud to congratulate our students on their excellent examination results achieved for 2018 in IB and ‘A’ Level exams. The GCE Advanced level (A-Level) cohort sat 133 examinations and achieved an overall pass rate of 98%. We are delighted to report that 40% of all A-level grades were at grades A*/A; this gives BSB a 3-Year rolling average for A*/A grades of 43%. Meanwhile, our IB students achieved an incredible 100% pass rate.

An impressive 96% of the Year 13 group secured places in the top universities around the world, including Cambridge, Imperial College London, London School of Economics and Durham in the UK, also Toronto in Canada and Groningen in Holland. The large majority (75%) of these students secured their first choice universities with all others securing their second choice places. The remaining 4% of students have taken gap years or started vocational courses and training.

Maciej Zajaczkowski achieved 2 A* and 3 A grades and has started his studies of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London. Nikola Gonkov scored 4 A grades at A-Level and is now studying Business Management at Newcastle in the UK.

A small cohort of 12 Year 13 students completed the demanding International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and achieved grades ranging from the highest grade 7 (A-Level A* equivalent) to grade 3. 100 % of all IB grades were grade 3 and above. The IB group achieved a 100% pass rate compared to a world average of 79%, with an average point score of 33 points, compared to a world average of 29.7 points. Marya Abdulkarim achieved 40 points (equivalent to A*A*A at A-Level) and secured her place at King’s College, London to study Law. Daniya Ahmed also achieved 40 points and is now studying History at the University of Cambridge, in the UK.

Twelve BSB students took BTEC or BTEC/A Level combinations, where the results were also outstanding. From 23 entries, 13 scored distinctions*, 8 scored distinctions and 2 scored merits, therefore 92% at distinction level and above. A special mention must go to Reem Akbari, who achieved two double distinction* grades, equivalent to 4 A* A-level grades. Reem secured a place at Kent University in the UK to study Marketing.

Our Year 11 group consisted of 106 students who sat 968 General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) examinations. They are graded A* – G, where A* represents an outstanding level of attainment. Grades C and above are widely considered to be a pass. Some examination boards use the new GCSE numerical grading system instead of letter grades. The numerical system has a scale of 9 to 1, where 9 is considered to be above an A* grade. The GCSE results at BSB were particularly impressive, especially at the higher grades, with 29% of all grades at the A* or 9-8 level, compared to the UK average of 10.8%. Our 3-Year rolling average for A* and 8-9 grades is now 22%. The percentage of A*/A grades and 9-7 was 51% compared to the UK average of 21.4%. Overall, 87% of all grades were at Grade C or level 4 and above (UK 69.2%).

GCSE Headline students include Jia Yi Ee, who achieved 8 A* grades as well as a grade 8 and a 9, Bayan Al Saie, 7 A*s and two 9s. Atta Yousafi achieved 8 A* grades, an A grade, a grade 9 and a grade 7, Alexandra Roberts achieved 7A*, 1 A and a grade 9 and 8. Kamal Haddad attained 7 A* and 3 A grades. Vian Rifat attained 7 A*s, a B and an 8. Syed Azhan Gilani scored 7 A*s and a B. Neha Govind achieved 7 A*s, an A, a B and a 5. Smayan Sharma achieved 5 A*s, 1 A, 1 grade 9, 1 grade 8 and 1 grade 7. Tryphena Evborokhai achieved 5 A* grades, 2 A grades and 2 grade 8s. Aryaman Arora achieved 6 A* grades, 1 A, 1 B, 1 grade 9 and a grade 5. Zain Al Muqbal achieved 5 A*s, 3 A grades and a grade 8.

It is always difficult when a school starts to list headline students when in fact so many students worked so hard and achieved above expectations.

Executive Head, Jeff Smith, would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the students on their impressive achievements and for their hard work throughout their courses. Thank you to the staff at BSB for their expertise and dedicated support of BSB students. In addition, thank you to proud parents who have supported the school to help achieve these outcomes.