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 Examination Results
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This year’s examination results indicate that independent schools have performed well academically and are also offering wider post-16 choice.
Julie Robinson, ISC general secretary, said: “The UK’s independent school sector is not necessarily
what people may think, it is a mix of selective and non-selective schools, large schools and small
schools – the majority of ISC schools have fewer than 350 pupils – and schools offering a range of
specialisms. These schools understand the importance of pupil wellbeing and breadth of curriculum.
Given the strength of that educational offer and personal development opportunities available to
Year 13 Exam Results 2018 Summary
pupils in independent schools, these academic results show that high attainment is possible in the
context of a well-rounded education.”
Year 13
Schools in membership of Independent Schools Council (ISC) associations recorded another impressive set of results in the reformed A-levels this year, with the proportion of entries achieving the top A* grade remaining more than double the national average. The new figures also reveal almost half (47.0%) of A-level entries at schools within association membership received either an A* or an A.
This year’s results data shows consistency in the proportion of students achieving at least ABB – a set of results desired by many of the top UK universities. The number this year stands at 54.1%.
The number of independent schools offering BTECs has almost doubled in three years – from 53 in 2015 to 93 this year.
The number of young people taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which involves a student researching a topic before writing either a 5,000 word report or creating a ‘product’ along with a 1,000 word report, has also nearly doubled in the same period – rising to 6,318 this year, from 3,203 in 2015.
Barnaby Lenon, ISC chairman, said: “Ultimately, schools want to provide an education that best meets the needs of each pupil. It is therefore hugely beneficial to students that independent schools are looking at a diverse range of routes for them to take, including vocational.
“It is only right that schools support young people and enable them to access the pathways through which they can fulfil their potential and maximise their employability – whether it’s the traditional university route, vocational education including apprenticeships, or straight to work”.
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Year 13 Exam Results 2018 Summary
Half of A Level entries awarded either A* or A - twice the national average
 This year’s A Level exam results from 30
Entries from ISC schools Entries from all schools*
    34,172 candidates at 480 ISC schools show that 17.7% of entries from ISC pupils were awarded an A* (nationally 8.0%).
The proportion of entries from ISC pupils achieving an A* or A grade was 47.0% (nationally 26.4%).
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                          One in thirteen candidates at ISC schools achieve three or more A* grades
A* A B C D E U *Source: The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ)
 While 6.0% of candidates (2,042 pupils) were awarded three or more A*s at A Level alone, when equivalent qualifications such as the IB and Pre-U are included, this figure jumps up to 7.4%.
A Level candidates obtaining 3+ A* grades
7.4% Candidates obtaining 3+ A* grades
in A Levels or equivalent qualifications
  Eighty percent of ISC schools had results for other Year 13 exams too
  ISC schools offer a diverse range of qualifications to complement pupils’
A Level subject choices. The Extended Project, completed by 17.0% of pupils at 68.9% of ISC schools, is often taken as a fourth subject in place of a standalone AS Level.
83.6% of schools reported results for exams other than A Levels. Alternative qualifications are increasing in popularity, with 9.3% of pupils taking a Pre-U, 3.0% taking a BTEC and 6.3% taking at least one IB subject. Candidates often take these qualifications alongside A Levels.
Proportion of ISC schools submitting: A Level results and other Year 13 exams Only A Level results
No A Level results but other Year 13 exams
   Year 13 candidates obtaining results in each type of exam:
A Levels
Extended Project
9.3% 6.3% 3.0%
      Over a third of pupils gaining the IB Diploma obtained 39 points or more
Breakdown of point scores for the IB Diploma
8.2% of pupils at ISC schools chose not to
take A Levels at all. The majority of these
pupils took the International Baccalaureate 8 instead.
The average points score for pupils taking
the IB Diploma was 36, roughly equivalent
to 4.5 As at A Level. 2.0% of pupils obtained 2 45 points, the highest mark, which is only
achieved by 0.3% of candidates worldwide.
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Based on the results for 2,234 pupils taking the IB Diploma at ISC schools. The maximum score available is 45 points, with a pass mark of 24 points.
                                          In the week following the publication of the Year 13 exam results, data were collected from 499 Independent Schools Council
Percentage of entries
Percentage of entries

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