Continued Examinations Success at St Christopher’s School
St Christopher’s School students who sat National Curriculum, GCSE, A-level and IB examinations this summer achieved an excellent set of results! National Curriculum tests (‘SATs’) are taken by 7 and 11 year old students. The General Certificate of Secondary Education Examinations (GCSE) are entered at age 16 (Year 11). A-levels (Advanced Levels) and IB are sat at the age of 18. At A-level, students generally sit either three or four subjects. SATs for 11 year old students and all GCSE and A-level examinations are taken in Bahrain but marked by Examination Boards in England.
A-level Results and University Destinations
The pass rate at Advanced level was 98% across all taught A-levels, with 33% being given grade A* and A and 60% being awarded grade A*-B (in the UK the figures were 25.8% A*-A and 52.9% A*-B). These figures stand comparison with good independent schools in the United Kingdom. The students who earned these results have gone on to Universities and Colleges in the UK, USA and around the world. Whilst the School is very proud of all A-level students there were many outstanding individual A-level results this year. Students who attained three or more A grades at A-level are listed below:
Jude Al Mutawa attained four A grades in A-level Arabic, Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. Jude is studying Medicine at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Imaan Chowdhury attained two A* grades in A-level Mathematics and Further Mathematics and two A grades in Economics and Physics. Imaan is studying Mathematics with Economics at University College London, UK
Naba Chowdhury attained three A grades in A-level Economics, Mathematics and Physics. Naba is studying Geography and Economics at the University of Edinburgh, UK.
Mahira Essa attained two A* grades in A-level Mathematics and Further Mathematics and two A grades in Chemistry and Physics. Mahira is studying Mathematics at University College London, UK.
James Fernandes attained three A grades in A-level Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. James is studying Aerospace Engineering at the University of Sheffield, UK.
Reece Guyon attained two A* grades in A-level Chemistry and Physics and one A grade in Mathematics. Reece is studying Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Davis, USA.
Natalie Howe attained four A* grades in A-level Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. Natalie is studying Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, UK.
Hisham Husain attained one A* grade in A-level History and two A grades in A-level Drama and Psychology. Hisham is studying Politics and International Relations at the University of Bath, UK.
Anuja Jaiswal attained four A grades in A-level Chemistry, English Literature, Mathematics and Physics. Anuja is studying English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford, UK.
Salman Khan attained two A* grades in A-level Biology and Chemistry and one A grade in A-level Mathematics. Salman is studying Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.
William Mattar attained three A grades in A-level Economics, Mathematics and Physics. William is studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Birmingham, UK.
Aditya Megchiani attained three A grades in A-level Economics, Mathematics and Physics. Aditya is studying Engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA.
Ananya Mishra attained three A* grades in A-level Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics and two A grades in A-level Further Mathematics and Physics. Ananya is studying Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University, USA.
Shawn Paul attained one A* grade in A-level Mathematics, two A grades in A-level Chemistry and Physics and one B grade in Further Mathematics. Shawn is studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada.
Yannick Ribeiro attained three A grades in A-level Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics and one B grade in Further Mathematics. Yannick is studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield, UK.
Alistair Sequeira attained 4 A* grades in A-level Chemistry, Further Mathematics, Mathematics and Physics. Alistair is studying Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA.
Maher Taha attained 3 A grades in A-level Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. Maher is studying Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Medical University of Bahrain.
Jan Valadao Spoorenberg attained 2 A* grades in A-level Biology and Chemistry and one A grade in Mathematics. Jan is studying Medicine at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, UK.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) results and university destinations
The grades for the IB Diploma range from grade 1 to grade 7 (with 7 being the highest). Grade 7 is equivalent to the A* grade in the A-level grading system. Achieving a grade 7 is very difficult with around 7% of all grades being awarded a grade 7 worldwide – our figure for grade 7 was 12.2%. 51.1% of all our grades were at grade 6 or 7 compared to 28% worldwide. The Diploma pass rate was 93.3% (the worldwide average is 80.2%) with an average IBDP points score of 34 points (the worldwide average is 30.2 points).
The students who earned these results have gone on to Universities and Colleges in the UK, USA and around the world. Whilst the School is very proud of all IB students there were many outstanding individual results. Students who attained 36 or more IB points are listed below.
Monica Jinsi attained 38 points in her IB examinations. Monica is studying Chemistry at the University of Virginia, USA.
Alexandra Pafford attained 38 points in her IB examinations. Alexandra is studying Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Yasmina Thomure attained 42 points in her IB examinations. Yasmina is studying Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government at the American University in Washington DC, USA.
Michel Toutoungy attained 39 points in his IB examinations. Michel is studying Biology at the University of McGill, Canada.
Narmada Venkateswaran attained 37 points in her IB examinations. Narmada is studying Biology with Public Health at the University of Minnesota, USA.
In these examinations the percentage of grades A* to C was 94%. The equivalent figure for all UK schools is around 67%. Over 53% were graded A* (the ‘super’ A) or A as compared to a UK figure of about 20.5%.
95% of the students in Year 11 achieved 5 or more A*-C passes – the UK figure for this is 65% (2015 figure). 15 students obtained A* and A grades in every standard GCSE examination that they sat. 77 students (59% of the Year 11 cohort) attained 5 or more A*-A grades.
The top 40% of students in the year group (52 students in all) obtained A* or A grades in 85.7% of all of the GCSE examinations that they entered. St Christopher’s results show, yet again, that the School is able to match and exceed the results of the best English private schools.
Outstanding Individual GCSE Achievements!
Seven students achieved 10 or more A* grades in their GCSE examinations: 11 A* grades were achieved by Mohammed Fazli, Noor Hammad, Stuti Roy and Théa Toutoungy, with Danielle Abi-Farrage, Shane McCarthy and Raiya Thomure achieving 10 A* grades.
The GCSE students shown below performed exceptionally well, each earning seven or more A* and A grades in their GCSE examinations.
12 A*-A grades
Elizabeth Caley, Ricardo Del Rio Fuente, Mohammad Fazli, Stuti Roy.
11 A*-A grades
Yousif Abu Hamad, Sami Al Alawi, Cecilie Blankholm, Noor Hammad, Charlotte Nicolas, Raiya Thomure, Théa Toutoungy, Faye Weaver.
Danielle Abi-Farrage, Ghada AlShehabi, Bayan Alturabi, Nada Hammad, Kieran Hanahoe, Matthew Holman, Hannah Iqbal, Saarah Malik, Shane McCarthy, Hassan Nahle, Rohan Sharma, Jad Traboulssi, Nazar Yousef.
9 A*-A grades
Zeinah Abbady, Emma Blackmore, William Botham, Hasan Dailami, Mansi Gautam, Merna Hassan, Yaseen Le Falher, Aleesa Nazeer, Gayatri Rana, Francesca Rogers, Jahnavi Sreevatsan.
8 A*-A grades
Yazan Al Katanani, Fatima Al Khalifa, Eimaan Anwar, Harry Cocker, Yakim Dondi, Eduard Ene, Rashed Khamdan, Cezar Musharrafiyyah, Sheheryar Qureshi, Amartya Sarkar, Lameez Siddiqui, Steven Taylor, Charles t’Kint De Roodenbeke.
7 A*-A grades
Noora Al Khalifa, Saud Al Khalifa, Nezar AlKujok, George Basnett, Quentin Botha, Aamir Browne, Farah Khaled, Eman Khan, Marco Maggi, Faris Malla, Basma Mohamed, Tor Sanderson, Fatema Sh. Jaafar.
National Curriculum Tests (SATs)
In other examinations, pupils aged 7 and 11 sat the National Curriculum Tests (SATs). Their results were well above UK government targets for these new and demanding assessments, with over 80% of KS1 pupils meeting or exceeding expectations in reading and mathematics. In KS2, 94% of pupils met or exceeded expectations in reading, and 85% of pupils met or exceeded expectations in mathematics. All these results are significantly higher than those achieved by children in UK schools.
Ed Goodwin, Principal, said that the Heads of the three sections of St Christopher’s School (Ian Fellows – Infant School, Wendy Bataineh – Junior School and Nick Wilson – Senior School) were delighted with their students’ performance, but as always, are examining what they can do to ensure that these results can be maintained and improved still further.
Commenting on these results, Ed Goodwin, Principal of St Christopher’s School said:
“We are all highly pleased by these results. They result from excellent teaching standards; the fine attitude of our students and the support of parents for their children’s education. Our A-level and IB students are now well-prepared to thrive at universities around the world and 120+ returning GCSE students, are ready and able to benefit from our A-level programme or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.”
Mr Goodwin added:
“As always, although we are pleased with our results – excellence is a journey and not a destination – and so we will strive to achieve even better outcomes in the future”
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