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.
2022 - Outstanding Examination Results for BSB Students
After a couple of years facing the challenges presented by Covid, our students have demonstrated great resilience and ability in achieving another set of excellent examination results at A Level, IB and GCSE. Through a combination of their own hard work, expert guidance from their teachers and great support from their families, students have responded brilliantly, gaining results that have sent them to their University destinations of choice or allowed them to progress to the next stage of their education.
Once again, BSB examination results across the years demonstrate much higher levels of attainment when compared with national statistics, which is particularly pleasing in a year when the number of top grades awarded worldwide has been significantly lowered. Alongside this, as a non-selective and inclusive school we pride ourselves on offering an equal chance of success for all of our students. Our value added analysis demonstrates that our students are genuinely exceeding expectations and making exceptional progress, whatever their starting point.
A Level Highlights - 2022
BSB’s 2022 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.
- 50% of grades were awarded at A*-A
- 70% of grades were awarded A*-B
- 14 students achieved A* and A grades in all their subjects
50% of grades were awarded at A*-A
70% of grades were awarded A*-B
IB Diploma Highlights - 2022
Six of our students managed the exceptional achievement of a score of 40 or higher, across all their subjects, with one student achieving full marks, (with 45 out of 45).
Consequently, all our students have succeeded in securing places at a hugely impressive range of universities across the world, such as University of Warwick, University College London, IE University and Erasmus University in Rotterdam, among others.
- 100% success for our IB contingent
- Average Point Score 35 (32 World Average) – Setting a new school record
- 6 students scoring 40+ points across all their subjects
- 1 student scoring a maximum mark of 45
PCE Highlights - 2022
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), IE University and La Salle, amongst others.
* PCE: Pruebas de Competencias Específicas (required exams to access to Spanish universities – for those courses with highest demand)
IGCSE Highlights - 2022
At GCSE, we have seen another year of excellent results with 60% of all results being awarded the top grades of A*-A or 7-9 (under the reformed system).
- 27% of grades were awarded at 9
- 60% of grades were awarded 7 to 9 (A-A*)
- Several students achieved level 8 and 9 grades in all their GCSE subjects
27% of grades were awarded at 9
60% 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.
Note: The table below displays the latest information published. For the 2020 examination series, Outstanding Learner Awards were not issued for schools following the hybrid method of assessment (due to decisions made by examination boards because of the impact of Covid-19).
|Awards category||Student||Subject||International Qualification||Examination series|
|Highest Mark in Europe||Jude||Advanced Level Politics||GCSE||June 2022|
|Highest Mark in Europe||Matteo||Advanced Level Further Mathematics||GCSE||June 2022|
|Highest Mark in Europe||Yike||Chinese||GCSE||June 2022|
|Top in the World||Meghann||Foreign Language Dutch||IGCSE||June 2021|
|Top in Spain||Anna||Economics||A Level||June 2021|
|Top in Spain||Francisco||Economics||A Level||June 2021|
|Top in Spain||Loulou||Biology||A Level||June 2021|
|Top in Spain||Matej||Computer Science||A Level||June 2021|
|Top in Spain||Mattéo||Chemistry||AS Level||June 2021|
|Top in Spain||Mattéo||Physics||AS Level||June 2021|
|Top in Spain||Mikhail||English as a Second Language||IGCSE||June 2021|
|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
University Destinations 2022
This year our students have again secured places at a range of prestigious universities around the world. Students gained entry to some of the very best UK universities, including Cambridge, York, Warwick, Imperial College London, King’s College London, Bristol, Exeter 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), IE University and La Salle, amongst others.
Our list of international destinations continues to grow for BSB Nexus graduates, including more multi-site international programs and new destinations in Greece, Switzerland and the United States. Last year’s trend of more BSB students seeking places at Dutch universities has continued with students securing places at universities in Groningen, Amsterdam and Rotterdam amongst others. Similarly, there has been a growth in students going to other European universities including Science Po in France, Marangoni Fashion Institute in Milan and the Culinary Arts Academy in Switzerland. Two students have been awarded sports scholarships to US universities, an area that we feel will continue to develop next year.
As always, our Careers and Futures Guidance team have worked hard to support our students and to ensure they have got so much to look forward to at their universities of choice over the coming years.
It has been great to see our students get the recognition they deserve, allowing them to embark on some very exciting futures.
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