Academic Quality and Results
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 the students of The International British School to achieve outstanding levels of performance in their examinations every year.
The British School of Barcelona 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.
A Level Highlights - 2020
BSB’s 2020 A Level results has seen students obtaining the highest grades in a range of different subjects and gaining places on some of the most competitive courses.
- 53% of grades were awarded at A*-A
- 73% of grades were awarded A*-B
As in previous years, our Pre-University students (now BSB Alumni) have secured places at a range of prestigious universities including ESADE, Durham, Imperial College London, Edinburgh, UCL (University College London), King’s College London, Bristol, Amsterdam and Erasmus (Rotterdam).
of grades were awarded at A*-A
of grades were awarded A*-B
IB Diploma Highlights - 2020
A cohort of students undertook the IB Diploma across their two years in BSB Nexus. There were some impressive results across certain subjects and, again, individual students scoring remarkably well (two students over 40 points) and obtaining places at excellent universities.
- Average Point Score 33 (29.9 World Average)
- 10% of scores were at 40+ points
PCE Highlights - 2020
The picture for Spain as a university destination is equally strong with students gaining places and, in several cases, scholarships to excellent public and private universities including ESADE, University of Navarra, University of Barcelona (UB), Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), IE University and La Salle, amongst others.
Two students scored a remarkable 13.67 and 13.94 out of 14 in their Spanish Access (PCE)
* PCE: Pruebas de Competencias Específicas (required exams to access to Spanish universities – for those courses with highest demand)
IGCSE Highlights - 2020
At GCSE, last year’s outstanding success was further developed with 99% of grades falling between A* and C or 9 to 4 (under the reformed system), and 50% of all results being awarded the top grades of A*-A or 7-9.
- 22% of grades were awarded at 9
- 52% of grades were awarded 7 to 9 (A*-A)
- 99% of students obtained five or more 4 to 9 grades (A*-C)
99% of students obtained five or more 4 to 9 grades (A*-C)
50% of grades were awarded 7 to 9 (A*-A)
Outstanding Learner Awards
Every year the students of The British School achieve outstanding levels of performance in their external examinations, well above the average found in the United Kingdom. The prestigious Outstanding 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.
‘Top in the World’ refers to the learner who has gained the highest standard mark in the world for a single subject.
‘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||International Qualification||Examination series|
|Highest Mark in Europe||Alexander||Fine Art||A Level||June 2019|
|Highest Mark in Europe||Artemiy||Combined Science||GCSE||June 2019|
|Highest Mark in Spain||Ekaterina||Art and Design: Fine Art||GCSE||June 2019|
|Highest Mark in Spain||Rose||International French||GCSE||June 2019|
|Top in Spain||Claudia||Biology||A Level||June 2019|
|Top in Spain||Andrea||Economics||AS Level||June 2019|
|Top in Spain||Adriana||Geography||IGCSE||June 2019|
|Top in Spain||Matej||IT||IGCSE||June 2019|
Destinations for Higher Education
Each year, the students of BSB Nexus attend a broad range of university destinations with most leavers accepting offers from Russell Group, and other British, Spanish and international universities.
Some of the university courses our students choose include:
- Business Management
- International Relations
- Journalism & Media
- Chemical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Aeronautical Engineering
- Art & Design
University Destinations 2020
In 2020 BSB students secured places at a range of prestigious universities around the world, with the vast majority going to their first choice of further education. Students gained entry to some of the very best UK universities, including York, Durham, Imperial College London, King’s College London, Bristol and UCL (University College London).
The picture for Spain is equally strong with students gaining places and, in several cases, scholarships to excellent public and private universities including ESADE, University of Navarra, University of Barcelona (UB), Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), IE University and La Salle, amongst others.
This year has continued to see a growing interest amongst our students to study at Dutch universities, with students securing places at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Maastricht.
A really striking feature of this year’s University destination choices is the breadth of courses our students are going on to study, from Marine Science to Fashion Marketing and from Film to Law. This is a very healthy picture, with a student body who feel informed about and prepared for a wide range of futures and who have the confidence to pursue their individual pathways.
As always, our Universities and Careers team have done an excellent job in unprecedented and uniquely trying circumstances, constantly communicating with students and universities to minimise issues caused by the grading confusion and to ensure our students have got so much to look forward to at their universities of choice over the coming years.