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 - 2019
BSB’s 2019 A level results saw record numbers of students obtaining the highest grades and gaining places at some of the best Universities across the world. 99% of grades at A level were between A* and E, whilst 42% of grades were awarded the highest grades of A*-A, a development on previous years and well beyond UK national averages, which stand at 95% and 27% respectively.
An impressive 68% of BSB students gained at least 1 A*-A grade in their various subjects whilst BSB students Claudia De G L and Andrea F got the highest marks in the country for A level Biology and AS level Economics respectively.
Our students gained places at top Universities in Spain and abroad, with 20 of the 35 students opting to study in the UK starting the new academic year at prestigious Russell Group UK Universities, including 3 at Imperial College and one at Cambridge. Significant numbers of our leavers are also going on to study at top Spanish courses.
of students achieved A*-E grades
of students achieved A*-A grades
of students achieved at least one A*-A grade in their various subjects
IB Diploma Highlights - 2019
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 obtaining places at excellent universities. However, we are very aware that there are improvements needed in this area of our curriculum offer.
PCE Highlights - 2019
In 2019, 21 BSB school graduates gained access to Spanish universities.
8 students out of these took the PCE exams.
Of all 2019 graduates accessing a Spanish university, 6 were awarded full or partial scholarships thanks to their outstanding academic results.
* PCE: Pruebas de Competencias Específicas (required exams to access to Spanish universities – for those courses with highest demand)
IGCSE Highlights - 2019
At GCSE, last year’s success was further developed with 91% of grades falling between A* and C or 9 to 4 (under the reformed system), and 48% of all results being awarded the top grades of A*-A or 9-7. Once again, these results are well beyond UK National averages of 67% and 20% respectively.
Matej K and Adriana G obtained the highest marks in the country for ICT and Geography GCSE respectively.
of students achieved A*-C grades
of students achieved A*-A grades
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 our English school 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