Academic Results

We place great importance on personal excellence here at TBS. We expect every student to challenge themselves to meet aspirational goals and targets and to continually pursue progress towards those targets.

Each student completes baseline assessments (CATs) which indicate the academic grades students should be aiming for in each subject. However, our teachers know our students exceptionally well as a result of robust and rigorous internal assessments in each subject and so will often challenge students beyond those initial baseline assessment predictors.

Our external assessments are IGCSEs, which students complete in Year 11 and A Levels, which students complete in Year 13. We measure our success against each student’s achievement in these examinations in comparison to their baseline targets- we call this ‘Value Added (VA)’. As you can see below, our students, on average, achieve a grade higher in each examination than their baseline predictors, which is a huge cause for celebration! Additionally, a large percentage of our students achieve the very highest grades, with 57% of last year’s A Level grades at A*/A across a wide range of subjects.

2020 Highlights

2020 was of course an unusual year, with physical examinations cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Results were assigned using teacher assessed grades, which the exam boards then moderated using an algorithm to adjust grades according to the previous year’s grade distribution. Though this was eventually overturned, it did result in some anomalies and inconsistencies. Regardless, our students did exceptionally well under extraordinary circumstances to achieve their very best.
As you can see from the table below, in all examination cohorts, the vast majority of students achieved grades above their baseline targets, with over half of our students’ grades being at least one grade higher than their initial targets.
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