August 28, 2023

(I)GCSE, (I)AS and (I)A2 Results 2023 Summary

El Alsson British International School students, staff and parents are celebrating our (I)GCSE, (I)AS and (I)A-Level examination results from the Summer 2023 session.


In what has been internationally recognised as the first ‘full’ year since the COVID pandemic gripped the world in 2020, our students were also measured against grade awarding boundaries that were set at a more challenging level as compared to 2020, 2021 and 2022.  Therefore, our norm-references for the Summer 2023 exam session grade boundaries take us back to 2018 and 2019.   Our Year 13 students were the first cohort to graduate from Alsson under the new local university entry criteria, therefore, having more progression routes available to them after completing school.

Our key headlines demonstrated strong outcomes for many of our students.  Even more impressive are the number of individual student successes, with the majority of students exceeding their target grades, and therefore achieving excellent personal outcomes!

At (I)A-Level, over ⅓ of grades were A*-A (27.2% in the UK), with A*-C grades achieved by Alsson graduates exceeding the UK average of 76% by 6%.  All students in our graduating class of 2023 are readying themselves to begin the next exciting stage of their educational journey!

Our Year 12 students completed the first half of their (I)A-Level courses and achieved 35% A-grades (A* grades are available only at A-Level, not AS).  We measure student progress in their outcomes between (I)GCSE and (I)A-Level by comparing the grades that they achieve with their ALPS (A-Level Performance System) Targets.  Our Year 12 students made considerable gains towards their ambitious targets, and many have set themselves strong foundations for (I)A-Level success at the end of Year 13.

Students finishing their (I)GCSE studies in Summer 2023 demonstrated continued resilience and determination to secure 37% A*-A grades.  We must commend our Mathematics department for securing 25 Grade 9s with 68% of all students exceeding their CAT4-derived target grades.  The (I)GCSE Mathematics headline outcomes were 63% A*-A (9-7), and 97% A*-C (9-4), with almost every student, on average, achieving nearly 1 whole (I)GCSE grade higher than their target.

We would like to put on record our sincere thanks to all teachers, support staff and parents who have played their part in supporting these 3 cohorts of students to achieve their outcomes in Summer 2023.  Over the coming days, we look forward to welcoming Year 11 and Year 12 students to re-enrol for the new academic year, for them to make a strong start to 2023-2024, and for another year of learning.

Assistant Headteacher, Ms Maggie Vallely commented “These three cohorts of students have overcome significant external challenges during key times in their secondary school careers.  We are incredibly proud of their resilience, determination and drive.  The graduating Class of 2023 are all preparing for the next step in their learning journey, and we wish them all the best for this new chapter.  We are looking forward to our incoming Year 12 and Year 13 classes taking up the mantle as the most senior students in the British School, and setting positive examples to inspire the younger children to achieve well.  Thank you to all colleagues, past and present, for their contributions to the journeys and outcomes of our students.”

Headteacher, Mr Parras Majithia commented: “Our sincere congratulations go to students and the staff team for achieving another excellent set of examination results.  During a year when significant external changes have once again impacted all children, we have continued to maintain positive outcomes, and foundations that support students to move forward in their educational journeys towards their desired goals.  This year’s results are proof positive that hard work, commitment and dedication does pay off, with many of our students achieving grades in excess of their targets through their tenacity and drive for success.  Our curriculum, pastoral, student support and administrative teams have worked tirelessly with all three cohorts of students who have received their results in recent weeks.  This input, coupled with the support and partnership with parents enables our students to have access to some of the best opportunities from an early age.  Thank you to all members of the community who have played their part in the success of our students.  We look forward to welcoming our Year 11s and Year 12s back to join us for Academic Year 2023-2024, and wish our Graduating Class of 2023 the very best as they step forward into their next chapter.  Well done!”

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