Students' Results

Students' Results at Age 18

Our oldest students take examinations for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma at the end of Year 13, when most are aged 18. This is preceded by a two-year, academically-challenging programme of study that is designed in Geneva, Switzerland, and respected by the world's leading universities. Evidence suggests that higher rates of IB Diploma students go on to higher education than their non-IB peers - and their most preferred institutions rank among the best in the world.

The IB curriculum is made up of six subject groups (language and literature; language acquisition; individuals and societies; sciences; mathematics; and the arts). These are complemented by the 'core', which comprises theory of knowledge; creativity, activity, community service; and the independently-researched extended essay.

In 2017, the BSJ's Year 13 leavers achieved an average score of 35 in their International Baccalaureate - nearly one point greater than the previous year. Over 80% of BSJ students exceeded the IB Organisation's most recently published world average (30 points). Two in the 80-strong cohort gained 43 points out of a possible 45, while 13 scored 40 points or higher. In another increase on last year, the average point score per subject was 5.5.

Over 50% of BSJ's students' entries were awarded a 6 or a 7 (the top grade at IB), with particular highlights in Business and Management, Economics, Geography, Environmental Systems and Societies, Computer Science, Higher Level Mathematics, Visual Art, Theatre and several Modern Foreign Languages.

Students' Results at Age 16

When most students are 16, at the end of Year 11, they take examinations for GCSE and IGCSE qualifications. These abbreviations stand for 'General Certificate of Secondary Education' and 'International General Certificate of Secondary Education'. GCSEs are the main qualifications taken by 14 to 16-year-olds in the United Kingdom, and they are highly valued by higher education providers and employers. (I)GCSEs are geared towards students in an international setting.

At BSJ, our Year 11 students are examined by the Cambridge Assessment International Education, Edexcel and AQA examination boards. All students study the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, English Language; English Literature; Indonesian Studies; Mathematics; a Modern Foreign Language (French, Indonesian, Korean, Mandarin, or Spanish); Personal, Social and Health Education; and Physics.

Students then select three options from Art; Business Studies; Computer Science; Dance; Drama; Food and Nutrition; Economics; Geography; Global Perspectives; History; Music; Physical Education (PE) and Resistant Materials.

In 2017, 96% of BSJ's Year 11 students achieved at least five C grades or higher at GCSE; the highest percentage in four years. 52% of all the grades awarded were A* or A (the highest grades), while 76% were A* to B.

Seven students achieved 100% A* or A grades and, in ten subjects, more than 60% of all grades were A* or A.

Students' Results at Ages Seven and Eleven

In 2016/17, the average international standardised score achieved by BSJ students was 10% greater than the UK equivalent.

Average progress in Mathematics was equivalent to an extra half term of teaching in the UK, while students with over 90% attendance made an average of a half term’s extra progress in writing.

  Average Score of Students in GL Assessments Progress Tests (2016/17)
Maths Reading
At Age Seven At Age Eleven At Age Seven At Age Eleven
BSJ 104 109 111 111
International Schools 101 99 103 104
UK Schools 100 100 100 100

In reading, for BSJ students aged seven to eleven, their additional progress was equivalent to almost an entire term compared to the UK. On average, a BSJ education between these ages can add a year to students’ attainment, compared to the UK.

Students' Results at Age Five

In 2016/17, the percentage of BSJ students achieving a good level of development in the Early Years Curriculum was 8% greater than the UK average (77% v. 69%). Students with over 90% attendance throughout Foundation stage achieved 21% more than the UK average (90%).