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ITS STUDENTS OUTSTRIP UK NATIONAL AVERAGE FOR IGCSE AND A-LEVEL

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2019 Report

January 2019 saw the year's first sitting for IGCSE and IAL at ITS. Students taking exams at this time may be home-schoolers on flexible timetables or those trying to retake exams for improved grades. Those in mainstream schools use the January sitting to get exams done when they do not have their school exams. This January many of our exam candidates had taken tutorial preparation with us from last-minute exam technique prep through to full-time courses. Large numbers of exam takers had participated in our mock exam package, showing the benefit it brings.

IGCSE is not taken so much in January because younger students are usually in mainstream education and have quite a full schedule at school. Those that did were highly motivated and took IGCSEs to get ahead of their peers. It was fantastic to see 94% of them get a traditional 'pass' grade.

A-levels were also strong in this session. Double the UK average got top marks and especially well done to the Geography student who learns full-time with us and got 100% in one of her papers.

We are now open for the busy summer session and many students are once again enrolling.

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2018 Report

In 2018 we saw a very different profile of examination taker. While our own students remained steady in number and background we received a massive increase of outside entrants for International A-level who did not attend any classes with us.

As a result, our IGCSE results remained broadly the same with a skew towards high grades for ITS students while the total pass rate matches the UK. Hong Kong students taking IGCSE tend to be from the higher academic groups, which explains how they can do part-time courses with us and still get top grades.

Our A-level results have been distorted by the exam-only entrants. We offer a valuable service to the Hong Kong community by having later deadlines than others and allowing re-takes which many mainstream schools do not offer. This year we saw over 1000 papers taken by students doing re-takes or who had learned the course privately without any ITS lessons to help them. Our own students performed as in previous years but many of the exam only group really should have taken the opportunity to have support from our expert teachers, as the results show.

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2017 Report

In 2017 the number of papers taken by ITS students jumped 56% from 2016 and was by far the largest number taken since we started.

At IGCSE level our students tended to get A & A* rather than B and C grades so they achieve nearly triple the UK rate for top grades and less of them are in the B and C groups. Nevertheless our overall pass rate A* to C is still 20% more than the UK. We see a number of 2nd language speakers in this group and a number of students taking the course in one year instead of two which makes their achievements even greater.

A-level results are similar with more than triple the UK at A* & A, but slightly less in the A* – C range. Again this reflects our typical students who come from either end of the ability spectrum. At the top end they may be part-time students adding exams to their main school certificates or deliberate home-schoolers with high academic ability, at the other end they may have dropped from mainstream education altogether as the system was completely failing them and at ITS they are able to get grades far beyond what they could achieve at their traditional schools.

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2016 Report

Numbers were up this year and a greater proportion of students took their lessons online as they were located in the Middle East, Africa and other parts of Asia.

This year we held our IGCSE performance way above UK national average although there was a slight slip in the numbers passing with a C grade and a slight slip of A grades to B grades. Some of the slip was accounted for by English due to a higher number of non-native speakers attempting a public exam in the language for the first time.

At A-level we had a very diverse group of students with some very academic pupils who got lots of A grades and beat the UK national average and a number of less academic students who did very well to get the grades they did. We had a number of students join us who for one reason or another had left their schools in the UK but wanted to try and complete their education. This group did very well to go from failing to getting passes at A-level and proved you should never give up. Even with grade combinations such as DDE these weaker students have got themselves into university courses they are happy with and that is what matters most.

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2015 Report

2015 saw a slight reduction in entries to both International GCSE and A-level examinations. More importantly we saw a change in the profile of students enrolling. 

As can be seen from the results, International GCSE candidates scored remarkably well. A huge 72% gained top grades and over 95% of the cohort gained pass grades of A-C, massively outstripping the UK average. This group was highly motivated and hard working and tended to be academically oriented students looking to get into UK schools for A-levels.

Our A-level results were down on previous years, although the percentage gaining top grades still beat the UK average. Many more of our A-level students this year were retaking exams or taking A-levels as an alternative to mainstream school options. They were mostly less academically oriented students who needed nevertheless to gain useful qualifications. ITS is completely non-selective and will sometimes see a cohort of students who are less likely to perform at the top level in exams.

What is important for us is that our A-level students went on to the destinations they desired and which were appropriate. From one of our top scoring students who gained a place at Cambridge, to a number of students aiming for middle tier universities to a student who needed to complete school but whose focus is the Rio Olympic games. To all of them, we offer congratulations and best wishes for wherever their lives next go.

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2014 Report

IGCSE entries increased this year by almost 25%, and A-level entries rebounded to over 200.

In IGCSE 57% of ITS entries gained top grades. The cumulative A* to B was double the UK average although slightly down on our results last year. 76.5% passed their IGCSE.

At A-level, results for ITS students were much improved from 2012 [last year's cohort being much smaller]. Our A*/A rate was nearly double the UK average, and our A* to B was 10% better than the UK national average.

We continue to be non-selective, so year on year results can vary quite a lot depending on what type of students we have and what they are capable of. Most importantly, our students went on to a wide variety of universities and other destinations thanks to these results.

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2013 Report

IGCSE entries remained steady, although we saw a smaller cohort entering for A-levels. 

In IGCSE more than half of ITS entries gained top grades. The cumulative A* to B was 70% better than the UK average and an improvement of 10% on ITS results for 2012. 86% passed their IGCSE.

At A-level, results for ITS students were much improved from 2012. Our A*/A rate was double the UK average, and our A* to B was, at 76%, more than 40% better than the UK national average.

We are extremely happy with these results which reflect all of the hard work put in by students and teachers alike and, we think, support our philosophy and methodology of individualised and small-class learning.

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2012 Report

Having finalised our official exam centre status in 2011, our first cohort of students graduated in 2012.

In IGCSE almost half of ITS entries gained top grades. The cumulative A* to B was 60% better than the UK average and a whopping 87% passed their IGCSE.

At A-level, results matched the UK national average in the A* to C range. However, we were particularly pleased that a full 1/3 of our entries got the top grade which was much better than the UK average. 

Overall, these are excellent results for our first year, particularly given the fact that we are non-selective (we accept all ability levels to our schools and we do not drop students from exam entry unless they request a withdraw). 

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ITS students have gone on to attend these universities.

University of Aberdeen
University of Bedfordshire
Bristol University
University of Bolton
The University of British Columbia
University of Cambridge
Cardiff University
The University of Chicago
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
City University of Hong Kong
Duke University
Durham University
University of East Anglia
The University of Edinburgh
University of Exeter
University of Glasgow
The University of Hong Kong
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Imperial College London
University of Kent
King's College London
Kingston University London
University of Leeds
Leeds Beckett University
LSC (London School of Commerce)
LSE (London School of Economics)
Loughborough University
Newcastle University
Queen Mary University of London
University College London
The University of Manchester
The University of Melbourne
University of Nottingham
University of Oxford
University of Pennsylvania
SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) HK
University of Southampton
University of Surrey
University of Sussex
University of Strathclyde
The University of Sydney
University of Toronto
University of Wales
The University of Warwick
University of West London
University of the West of England
The University of Westminster
University of York

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