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High School: Meeting all the needs of the individual learner, part 2.

After last week’s IB Diploma Programme Case Studies, three stories of individual learners from last year’s Year 11, and their journeys through (I)GCSEs.

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In last week’s Newsletter I built on my discussion of the St Andrews International School Bagnkok Mission Statement at the recent Parents’ Information Evenings I discussed how our commitment to being an inclusive school, where we meet “all the needs of the individual learner” and “teachers are responsible for creating the conditions that enable every student to succeed”, inspiring students “to be the best they can be’, is reflected in the philosophy and results of our IB Diploma Programme.

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In two of last week’s student case studies I mentioned the students’ Predicted Grades from CEM (The Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring, based at Durham University), and the graph above shows how these predictions have changed for each of the last five Year 11s.

Each year, the students take these CEM tests in Year 7 and historically the students have also taken the tests in Year 9. These tests both give us additional information about each student, helping us meet “all the needs of the individual learner”, and allow us to track the progress of each Year Group through Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) and then their (I)GCSE courses in Years 10 and 11 - more recently students have taken these tests at the beginning of Year 10, when they have chosen their (I)GCSE courses, instead of in Year 9.

As you can see, each of the last five Year 11s has had over 80% of students achieving at least 5 A*-C grades - the traditional measure of (I)GCSE success in the UK - with the last three years’ figures being our three best sets of results ever by this measure. The graph also shows that the last five Year 11’s have achieved an average of approximately 20% higher on this measure than when their (I)GCSE results were predicted in Year 7 and an average of approximately 10% higher on this measure than when their (I)GCSE results were predicted in Year 9/10. 

This excellent progress across the Year Group is reflected in the fact that over one-third of last year’s Year 11 students beat their individual subject Predicted Grades by an average of over one whole grade per subject.

Each year our highest attaining students score excellent results, with more than 10% of the Year Group achieving an average grade in each of their subjects of an A or better, with these students achieving almost 100 A* and A grades between them. Each year we also have a group of Year 10 students (last year almost one-third of the Year Group) who take their Maths IGCSE a year early. This year 95% of these students achieved an A* or an A grade, and they are now studying Further Pure Maths in Year 11.

As I wrote last week, however, and it was great to see so many parents agree with me when I spoke about our results at last week’s PTG Meeting, we are just as proud of those students who have found their (I)GCSEs to be more challenging, but have worked hard throughout Years 10 and 11 “to be the best they can be” and achieved their own fantastic (I)GCSE results.

What do these figures mean for some real students - “individual learners” - from last year’s Year 11?

Student 1 joined St Andrews at the beginning of Year 10 and was predicted by CEM to achieve 3 B grades and 5 C grades. Student 1’s Grade Reports show consistent hard work throughout Years 10 and 11, with excellent progress in every subject, and final results of 5 A* grades and 3 A grades.

At the beginning of Year 10, Student 2 was predicted by CEM to achieve 2 B grades and 5 C grades, and this was reflected in their early Year 10 Grade Reports. Student 2 achieved consistently excellent Effort Grades throughout Years 10 and 11 and saw their Attainment Grades gradually increasing until they achieved final results of 4 A* grades, 3 A grades and 1 B grade.

At the beginning of Year 10, Student 3 was predicted by CEM to achieve a D grade or below in all of their (I)GCSE subjects, and they began Year 10 with C and D grades for most subjects on their early Grade Reports. Like Students 1 and 2, Student 3 worked very hard throughout Years 10 and 11, with consistently very high Effort Grades, and achieved final results of 5 A grades, 1 B grade, 1 C grade and 1 D grade.

Student 4 has been working with our Learning Support Department throughout their time at St Andrews and at the beginning of Year 10, Student 4 was predicted by CEM to achieve D grades in most of their (I)GCSE subjects. Student 4 began Year 10 with D and E grades for most subjects on their early Grade Reports but worked closely with our Learning Support Department, who work to “create the conditions that enable every student to succeed” throughout Years 10 and 11 and achieved final results of 5 C grades and 1 D grade.

Like last week, these students each had a very different journey through their (I)GCSEs, but we are very proud of all of them and of so many other of last Year’s Year 11 students, who are now continuing their journeys towards their life as “responsible global citizens” in Year 12.

 

Roo Stenning (roo.st@standrews.ac.th)
Head of High School

High School Calendar: Term 1

Wednesday 18th September

Years 10-12 Elevate Workshops

Thursday 19th September

Wai Kroo Assembly (Key Stage 3)

Thursday 19th September

Tanzania Expeditions Parents’ Information Evening

Wednesday 25th September

TISAC Secondary Choral Day

Wednesday 25th September - Friday 4th October

Year 7-13 Individual and Year 11-13 Tutor Group photos

Friday 27th - Saturday 28th September

ISB String Festival

Saturday 28th September

VEX IQ Competition: STA

Tuesday 1st / Thursday 3rd October

Year 13 IB Theatre Arts Final Collaborative Mock/Exam

Friday 4th - Saturday 5th October

Bangkok International Choir Festival: ISB

Saturday 5th October

SATs

Saturday 5th October

BISAC Tennis Singles U13 Boys & Girls Tournaments: TBC

Saturday 5th October

Tiger Sharks Sprint Challenge: Patana

Saturday 5th October

U13 3on3 Basketball Championships: STA

Sunday 6th October

BPS MUN: Patana

Tuesday 8th October

Cops in Space Theatre Trip: Patana

Wednesday 9th October

Lion King Theatre Trip

Thursday 10th October

FOBISIA Robotics Competition: Charter

Friday 11th October

High School International Day High School

Monday 14th October

Memorial Day for the late King Rama IX: School closed

 


Remember that all the school's Google Calendars can be seen via Moodle - http://calendar.standrews.ac.th/