A Guidepost Report

King’s College Deputy Headteacher at Soto de Vinuelas, Mr. Ellis, admitted: “Waiting for the publication of the public exam results over the summer break is always nerve-racking for students, parents and of course the teaching staff.”

He was referring particularly to the summer of 2012 before the results of the exams for the International General Certificate on Secondary Education were released. The IGCSE was developed by the University of Cambridge International Examinations in 1985. The subjects under IGCSE are roughly equivalent to US high school honors curriculum.

King’s College need not have been overly worried. As Tom Parkinson, Head of Secondary, said, “You would expect a school like King’s College to get good results at IGCSE.” In fact, 17 of the students (that is, 58% of them) have been awarded a full set of A and A* grades at IGCSE, an 8% leap from the preceding year. Mrs. Blaus, the Headteacher, said: “This is a very very impressive achievement and it proves that King’s College continues to be an academic centre of excellence. All of these children and their parents and their teachers should celebrate their outstanding performance.”

And the 17 straight-A and straight-A* high flyers weren’t the whole story either. All of the outgoing students passed the IGCSE exams. Of this stunning total, 98% got grades from A* to C. (“C” is the equivalent of “B” in the American grading system.) This is the kind of score that greatly boosts the students’ chances of securing their places in the world’s top-ranking universities in the UK, the USA and Spain. Almost all the students have been accepted into their first and second choice universities, including Cambridge, Imperial College, the London School of Economics, and New York University.

Headteacher Blaus pointed out that “these excellent results [of the IGCSE exams] come from the hard work and ambition of our pupils as well as the passion and dedication that our teachers bring to their subjects.”

It is understandable then for Mrs. Blaus to confess that she is “extremely proud to be in charge of King’s College, a school that is able to take very young children and 15 years later send them off to some of the best universities in the world.”