At Alice Smith, our academic results are consistently excellent and place us among the best British international schools in the world.
In 2019, Alice Smith students celebrate another exceptional set of examination results with 66% of all (I)GCSE grades at A* or A (grades 9-7) and 52% of all A level grades at A* or A.
At (I)GCSE almost a third of all students achieved straight A*- A (grades 9-7) and 24 A level students achieved straight A* and A’s.
Two thirds of Alice Smith’s (I)GCSE science students were awarded the top grade, A*(9/8), with students in Biology achieving 69% A*(9/8), Chemistry 66% A*(9/8) and Physics 66% A*(9/8). In History the A*(9/8) rate was 72% and our Art students achieved an impressive 71% A* (9/8) in Digital Photography and 62% in Art.
Our (I)GCSE students are now beginning their A level courses and hope to emulate our graduating class of 2019 who are now confirming places at the world’s top universities.
Over 80% of Alice Smith students wanting to study in the UK have already accepted offers at UK Top 30 universities including prestigious Russell Group institutions, such as University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and LSE. In the US, students have secured places at top US colleges including Yale University and Brown University, both members of the elite Ivy League.
These results are even more remarkable when you consider that Alice Smith is not a highly selective school, unlike many other UK independent and international schools.
Through our supportive and innovative learning environment and excellent teaching we have added, on average, over half a grade to all A level students and a grade and a half to our (I)GCSE students.
Dr Sarah Howling, Secondary Principal, said “Our students achieve consistently high academic results, however, absolute academic attainment does not show the personal progress and achievement each individual student has made. This is far better reflected by our Value Added score which this year is 0.66 for our A level students and 1.65 for our (I)GCSE students.”
“Congratulations to all our students on their results - we are so proud of you.”
When reflecting on academic results, you can look at absolute attainment, but in order to understand the impact of any school, it is also important to look at achievement too and the progress students make during their studies.
There are many factors that may influence achievement including the quality of teaching, access to resources and the learning environment.
And each of these areas are reasons people choose to attend our school.
If one school is increasing the achievement level of its students more than other schools are, then its students gain an additional advantage.
It is this relative advantage that has come to be called Value Added.
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