News 15 August 2019
BSB is once again delighted with our students' examination results at Post-16 for A Level, BTEC and the IB Diploma. This summer's results are a culmination of many months of hard work from our talented students who have taken on challenging courses as they aspire to bright futures in further education and interesting careers beyond.
At A Level, our results were excellent and match the great results of recent years despite the move to the new, more challenging linear A Level system. BSB students achieved a splendid 99% pass rate, with an impressive 31% of grades at A*/A (26.2% national average 2018) and an excellent 62% at grade A*-B (2018 national average 52.9%). These grades are well above the national level in all respects and match the results achieved when the exams were modular in 2017.
This year our results in the BTEC courses in Business, Hospitality, Applied Science and Sport continue to be outstanding, with over half of the grades achieved at Distinction* level and our students once more gaining a 100% pass rate through this course.
Our IB Diploma students have, again, produced some outstanding results. Once more, all our IB students sat the IB Diploma and achieved a marvellous 35 point average (IB 2018* world average of 29.8 points).
- A remarkable 70% of our students obtained 34 points or higher compared to just 39% of students worldwide;
- 44% scored an impressive 37 points or higher which is double the worldwide figure.
BSB does not select students by ability. For many, English is not their native language. This makes success even more tremendous. The programmes are led by a highly committed and well-qualified team of teachers and our academic, university and pastoral support is organised throughout the two years to help individual students to be the best they can be and aim high.
Principal, Melanie Warnes:
"I am delighted with these results as they are so well deserved by all. I am immensely proud of our students and I wish them every success and happiness in the future."
Sue Munday and James Willis, Co-Heads of Post-16:
"We are thrilled with our students’ results across all the qualification pathways that we offer. It is always really gratifying to hear the individual stories and see that they have been rewarded for the tremendous amount of hard work, effort and commitment that they have put in. We wish everyone all the very best of success for the future."
John Knight, Head of Secondary School and Vice-Principal:
"This years fantastic results are a testimony to the determination of our talented students and teachers and the wonderful support from parents. These excellent grades are important in opening doors to university and beyond, though perhaps even more important are the skills, qualities and values the students have developed whilst at BSB. They are a wonderful group of students and I wish them all every success in the future!"
* the most up-to-date comparable figures available for the IB Diploma
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