BSM's IGCSE success this 2017

This year we are delighted to inform you that of the 53 students who sat for their International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations in May and June 2017, 13% achieved all A* - A grades, 42% achieved all A*- B grades and 66% achieved all A*- C grades. 92% of all grades awarded were A*- C, which puts us significantly above the United Kingdom average, for which the comparable 2017 figure was 66.3%.

Students in Years 10 and 11 at BSM follow a range of IGCSE subjects over the course of two years, culminating in external examinations which take place in May and June during Year 11. The IGCSE courses are an excellent preparation for the IB Diploma, with students all studying Mathematics, English Literature, English Language, Coordinated Science (two IGCSE grades), a Foreign Language, a Humanities subject and a more practical subject, which includes Visual and Performing Arts subjects, PE and Computing. Further details of the IGCSE subjects and content of the courses can be found on our website through this link. We firmly believe that the IGCSE programme we offer at BSM provides students with the very best foundation for studies at IB Diploma level.

In addition, students complete a Project, which prepares them for the Extended Essay at IB and they are introduced to the Theory of Knowledge, which is also a component of the IB Diploma, as well as undertaking Service Learning work and getting involved in the array of co-curricular activities offered at BSM. Through their core PE lessons, they complete a sports leadership award and through the Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme they look at issues that face them as young people, as well as completing a study skills programme aimed at helping them to most effectively learn and revise.

Whilst the IB Diploma programme remains the main pathway for students in Years 12 and 13, a number of our Learning Support students are completing a modified programme of IB subjects and are aiming to complete the BSM High School Diploma as an alternative pathway; a route that will still give them access to University and Colleges around the world. We are delighted to be able to continue catering for our most academically able, as well as providing an additional option for students who wish to remain at BSM following their IGCSE studies. We anticipate that no more than 4-5 students will take the High School Diploma route in Year 12 and 13.

Congratulations to all our students on their IGCSE successes this year!