English Successes!

Fantastic exam results for BSB English students have blown away the January blues.

CIE (Cambridge International Exams) has just released results for top achievers in public examinations for the last academic year. These include joint top in Spain for Diego and Alexander in AS English Literature and top in Spain for Herminia in IGCSE First Language English.

The 29 Year 13 students who sat CAE (Cambridge Advanced English) at the British Council in December have enjoyed 100% pass rate in this world renowned exam with 10 students being awarded the highest possible level C2 (CEFR) indicating complete mastery of a language. Special mention should go to José María who did not drop a single mark across five papers.

Finally, the cohort of 24 Y11 students, who were accelerated to take their IGCSE English as a Second Language early this year, have all passed, many with A* and A grades. This will enable them to go on to take the First Language exam in May.


‘I am very pleased with my result and I am looking forward to the new challenge of the First Language exam. I only joined the school last year from Kiev and have learnt so much since then. My expression and accuracy has improved greatly and I love studying Literature, too.’

Darya, Year 11


‘At first I was surprised, but more than anything else, proud that I achieved this grade. On a daily basis, I use up to six languages: German, English, Spanish, Catalan, French and Italian so it was great to be reassured that my level is so high.’

Chiara, Year 11


‘This was the culmination of many years enjoying English in the school – I’ve been here since Nursery. Studying Literature has always allowed a more creative outlet alongside my other subjects. Mastering essay writing has provided a platform for my future studies: PPE. I have particularly enjoyed the mixture of classic and modern texts on the ‘A’ Level course, exploring the form and style of different genres and discussing the ideas springing from them.’

Alexander, Year 13


‘The award is particularly pleasant as my mother tongue is Spanish, but after so many years of studying English at the BSB, I am equally confident in both languages. Through Literature, I have been able to find an academic subject which most closely relates to my passion for Drama. As well as becoming proficient linguistically, I have really enjoyed the opportunity to discuss the philosophical, cultural and historical ideas that underpin literary texts.’

Diego, Year 13


‘This is great news and secures my entrance requirement for university in the UK, where I have applied to study mechanical engineering. Perhaps it is my scientific mind which helped with the multiple choice element of the exam. I knew it had gone well, but not that well!’

José María, Year 13


‘We are delighted with these latest results which are a testament to the hard work, enthusiasm and ability of our students and their teachers. It is particularly pleasing to see students achieving so highly in both Literature and Language exams. We do our best to equip them with the skills, knowledge and qualifications they need for success in the wider world. Congratulations to them all!’

Mrs Kate Kelly, Head of English


‘From my point of view, I am obviously delighted with the results- these are the fruits of an excellent work ethic, maturity and diligent application of the concepts studied, as well as the fact that, as a cohort, they are one of the most able groups I have taught.

It was really great fun teaching them and never onerous- not something you can always say about the imparting of English Grammar. This also vindicates, I feel, the structure and organisation of English throughout the school as being driven fundamentally via literary study, with syntactical and semantic understanding implicitly acquired as a consequence.’

Head of 6th Form Rod Musson who prepared the CAE students comments