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Saturday, October 25, 2014  

Outstanding results at BSM
MUSCAT Students of the British School Muscat recorded outstanding examination results in June 2008, according to a press release.

Under the National Curriculum for England, students are tested at age 7, 11 and 14, and then appear in the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) examinations at 16, and General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level (A Level) qualifications at 18. The A Level qualification is considered the gold standard qualification that enables students to enter universities around the world.

National standards of attainment for 7, 11 and 14 year olds are measured in National Curriculum Levels. The British Government has set targets for schools in England to achieve by 2008 and to sustain until 2010. This enables parents to measure the progress of their children and to obtain an important indicator of the performance of their children’s school.

BSM’s 7 year olds performed extremely well with 94 per cent achieving Level 2 or above in reading compared to 84 per cent in England, with 48 per cent achieving Level 3 compared to 25 per cent in England. In writing, BSM’s students achieved 88 per cent at Level 2 or above with 17 per cent at Level 3, compared to 80 per cent and 12 per cent respectively for England. In maths, BSM’s students achieved 98 per cent at Level 2 or above with 34 per cent at Level 3, compared to 90 per cent and 21 per cent respectively for England.

In June 2008, the 11 year olds at the British School performed outstandingly well in English with 98 per cent attaining Level 4 or better compared to the British Government’s target of 85 per cent and a national performance of 80 per cent. In maths, 98 per cent of the British School’s 11 year olds obtained at least Level 4 compared to the British Government’s target of 85 per cent and a national performance of 80 per cent. Fifty per cent of the British School’s students actually gained Level 5 compared to 31 per cent in England. In science, 100 per cent reached Level 4 with an outstanding 86 per cent attaining Level 5. (Students are not examined for Level 6 at age 11).

The British School’s 14 year olds also performed exceptionally well. In English, 94 per cent attained at least Level 5 compared to the Government’s target of 85 per cent and national performance of 73 per cent. In fact, the vast majority, 67 per cent attained Level 6 or above compared to 33 per cent in England, and 25 per cent of BSM’s students reached Level 7 compared to 8 per cent nationally. In maths, 93 per cent achieved Level 5 or above but most, 83 per cent obtained Level 6 or above compared to 58 per cent in England, with 66 per cent scoring Level 7 or above at BSM compared to 31 per cent in England, and 25 per cent of BSM’s students attained Level 8 compared to 8 per cent nationally. Compared to the British Government’s target of 80 per cent, 88 per cent of the British School’s students obtained at least Level 5 in science compared to 71 per cent in England, with 67 per cent at BSM achieving Level 6 or above compared to 41 per cent and 29 per cent achieving Level 7 compared to 14 per cent in England. (Only maths is examined to the Level 8 standard).

At the GCSE level of education 90.7 per cent of the British School’s 16 year olds obtained five GCSEs graded A* - C compared with an estimated average of 65 per cent in England (60.0 per cent in 2007). In fact, a remarkable 44.1 per cent of the grades were A or A* compared to 20.7 per cent in England. An outstanding 13 students (20 per cent) achieved straight A* or A grades. BSM student since age 4, Jessica Benjamin, achieved 9 GCSEs all graded A*.

The British School’s 18 year old A Level students enjoyed an outstanding 100 per cent pass rate this year compared to 97 per cent in England, enabling nearly all of them to proceed to their university courses or embark upon a gap year, knowing that their place at university has been secured. An impressive 59 per cent of BSM’s Sixth Formers achieved grades A or B compared to 51 per cent nationally. Five students (20.8 per cent) achieved straight A grades. BSM student since age 4, Helen Benjamin, sister of Jessica, achieved four straight A grades, as did Daniel Street, Hana Syed and Isabel Wassing who left BSM for university in the Netherlands with 5 straight A grades.

Principal, Steve Howland stated that his students had performed exceptionally well in their national examinations and that this was due to their hard work and the commitment and dedication of the School’s staff, who enjoyed the support of parents and the community. “These results are a product of a team of teams striving to produce a high quality British education for an international future,” he said. He added that although these results demonstrate that many students had reached high standards such as A* and A grades, many others had made great progress from their relative starting points and that their achievements should be recognised and celebrated too.

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