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Academic Quality & Results

At The British School of Barcelona we are fully committed to excellence. This implies ensuring highest teaching standards at all levels and the best outcomes

We are regularly inspected on the quality of our work by inspectors and inspection teams from the UK from the BSO (British Schools Overseas) inspection service, CIS (Council of International Schools), Examination boards and teams from Cognita, our parent company.


Academic Highlights

81%

of A Level results were from A*-C

100%

of Year 11 BSB students achieved 5+ GCSEs and progressed into Year 12

15%

increase for BSB A Level students in A* grades compared to 2015

One of the Best International Schools in Spain

At The British School of Barcelona we are fully committed to excellence. This implies:

  • Ensuring highest teaching standards at all levels.
  • Delivering quality first teaching in the classroom.
  • Making it possible for all students to realise their potential, whatever their needs and abilities, through flexible and varied provision.
  • Providing ample opportunities for students to find their talents.
  • Fostering academic ambition through a well-thought-out enriched curriculum.
  • Arranging appropriate educational settings which facilitate effective teaching and learning-

The combination of all these key elements allow our students to achieve outstanding levels of performance in their examinations every year.

External Exam Results Summary

Academic Year
A Level % A*-A
A Level %A*-C
AS Level % A
AS Level %A-C
%(I)GCSE
5+A*-C (across all subjects)
%(I)GCSE
5+A*-C (incl. Maths and Eng.)
% A*-A (I)GCSE
% A*-C (I)GCSE
2015–2016
47
81
38
74
100
96
46
90
2014–2015
34
82
51
75
93
93
53
92
2013–2014
44
84
42
74
98
98
60
94
2012–2013
36
82
35
73
98
98
52
92
2011–2012
25
62
34
70
96
94
56
93
2010–2011
49
91
29
61
98
95
58
95
2009–2010
44
81
41
79
100
82
41
88
2008–2009
46
82
43
71
98
90
55
94
2007–2008
29
69
43
74
94
Data not available
47
94

Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards

Every year our students achieve outstanding levels of performance in their external examinations, well above the average found in the United Kingdom. The prestigious Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards annually reward our top performing learners at both (I)GCSE and A Level exams, in recognition of the enormous talent and hard work not only amongst learners but also within our teaching staff.

The “Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards” programme celebrates the success of learners taking Cambridge examinations in over 40 countries around the world. Cambridge places learners at the centre of their international education programmes and qualifications which are inspired by the best in educational thinking.

‘Top in Spain’ refers to the learner who has gained the highest standard mark in our country for a single subject

‘High Achievement’ is awarded to learners who have achieved the highest standard marks in their country in subjects which are not so widely taken

Awards category Student Subject Cambridge International Qualification Examination series
High AchievementJoanEnglish LiteratureAS LevelNovember 2016
High AchievementNurGeographyAS LevelNovember 2016
High AchievementMartaBiologyAS LevelNovember 2016
High AchievementClaudiaPhysicsAS LevelNovember 2016
High AchievementChiaraEnglish Second LanguageIGCSENovember 2016
High AchievementThibaultEnglish Second LanguageIGCSENovember 2016
Top in SpainNidia General Paper AS Level June 2015
Top in SpainAlexander Literature in English AS Level June 2015
Top in SpainDiego Literature in English AS Level June 2015
Top in SpainHerminiaFirst Language English (Oral Endorsement) IGCSE November 2014
High achievement Alejandro Business Studies AS Level November 2014
Top in Spain Hannah Geography AS Level June 2014
Top in Spain KabilanBiology, Chemistry and Physics A Level June 2014
Top in Spain OlgaLiterature in English A Level June 2014
High Achievement Diego Physics IGCSE November 2013

Destinations for Higher Education

We are very proud of our students’ excellent results. It is their passport to some of the best universities in the world and future career success.

Follow this link if you want to learn about our leavers’ destinations in the United Kingdom, Spain and all over the world, and the university courses they choose after school: Destinations for Higher Education