At Sherborne Senior School we strive to create an environment
that nurtures a desire to learn, encourages pupils to be inquisitive,
allows individuals to gain confidence and enables all
to achieve success in their adult lives.
Highly respected the world over, the British education system is reputed for its high quality and standards. Whether a pupil chooses to go to university in the UK or anywhere else in the world, having I/GCSE, AS Level, BTEC or A Level qualifications on their applications stands pupils in good stead.
While meeting local requirements, the Senior School follows the UK based curriculum in all three key stages taught in the school, using the National Curriculum for England as a guide for Key Stage 3 and the options for I/GCSE and AS/A Levels.
We understand that our pupils can learn as much outside the classroom as they learn from within it; the successes in external examinations are the product of a broad and rich school experience.
The Senior School’s highly skilled, experienced, and enthusiastic teachers provide support and challenge where appropriate and encourage all pupils to achieve their full potential.
The examination results achieved at Sherborne make it one of the highest performing premier independent British senior schools in the Middle East.
We are extremely proud of our pupils’ academic performance, and it is a privilege to be able to share with you the results shown below.
(Years 10 & 11)
Using the Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) and Pearson Edexcel examination boards, pupils in Years 10 & 11 (Key Stage 4) undertake external examinations leading to iGCSEs, GCSE and BTEC qualifications.
- 49% of all I/GCSE grades were the top 9 to 7 grades (equivalent to an A grade or higher). This compares with just 29% in England.
- 91% of all grades were a grade 4 or higher (equivalent to a C grade or higher). In comparison, in England only 77% of all grades were a grade 4 or higher this year.
- 93% of pupils achieved 5 or more passes at grade 4 and above (up from 91% in 2020) and 85% of pupils achieved 5 or more passes (including English and Mathematics) at grade 4 and above.
- 15% of pupils did amazingly well by achieving a grade 7, 8 or 9 in all their subjects (this is a jump from 8% in 2020).
- for 47% of pupils at least half of their grades were a grade 7, 8 or 9 (up from one-third of the pupils in 2020).
AS Level and BTEC
Using the Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) and Pearson Edexcel examination boards, pupils in Years 12 undertake external examinations leading to AS Level and BTEC qualifications.
At AS Level in 2021:
- 34% of all grades were a grade A – up from 30% in 2020 and 22% in 2019.
- Over a half of the pupils (56%) achieved at least one grade A in their AS Levels.
- 58% of all grades were either a grade A or B – up from 50% in 2020 and 40% in 2019.
- 80% of all grades were in the A* to C range – up from 74% in 2020 and 54% in 2019.
- Two thirds (67%) of the AS Level pupils achieved a grade C and above.
- The pass rate at AS Level was 98% – up from 96% in 2020.
The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business results:
- one Distinction
- four Merits; and,
- three Passes.
A Level results
Using the Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) and Pearson Edexcel examination boards, pupils in Years 13 undertake external examinations leading to A Level qualifications.
- 35% of all grades were A* or A (down from 44% in 2020). The average in England, Wales and Northern Ireland was 44.8%.
- 20% of pupils did exceptionally well achieving an A* or an A in all their subjects.
- Almost half of the pupils (49%) achieved at least one grade A or A* in their A Levels.
- 55% of all grades were in the A* to B range (down from 69% in 2020).
- 84% of all grades were in the A* to C range (up from 83% in 2020). The average in England, Wales and Northern Ireland was 87.3%.
- 66% of pupils achieved a grade C and above.
- The pass rate at A Level was 98% (down from 100% in 2020).
In 2021 our pupils continued to achieve A Level results significantly higher than the average in England.
Academic excellence at the Senior School, compared to schools internationally as well as schools in Qatar, is evidenced in the PISA results. The Programme for International Pupil Assessment (PISA) is a worldwide study by the OECD that measures the academic performance of 15-year-old pupils in three areas – reading, maths and science.
Our pupils significantly out-perform pupils from schools in Qatar, pupils in similar schools to ours and pupils in the average of all OECD schools that are surveyed worldwide in all three areas.