A Special place

The place in which the most important people in your lives are going to spend a large part of their own lives in should definitely be a special place.

It is special to grow up in a place that looks like a small town, where you can open a gate and be in the forest and belong to a community where we all know each other. Where we learn, we have respect, we have fun and we get prepared to be happy.

It is special to know that someone is concerned about them, both for what they are and what they will become, because everyone is good at something. It is only a matter of working out what that is and then having the resources and ability to ensure it will happen.

It is special to have a state-of-the-art laboratory, to research and discover a vertical garden, to use interactive white boards.

It is also special to live speaking in English, learning Spanish, Catalan, German and French in an international environment, making friends from around the world. A global vision encapsulated in a family-like environment.

International Acknowledgment

Thanks to our excellent record of external examination results, the majority of our students proceed to higher education. Destinations are mainly in the UK and Spain, and include such prestigious universities as Cambridge, Oxford and the London School of Economics.

Below you may find the list of awards given to our students since 2008, year in which these awards started. We treasure each one of these since, statistically, we should only receive one of these every three or four years. 

Examination board prizes:



  • The highest mark in Spain for IGCSE Information  & Communication Technology


  • The highest mark in Spain for GCE A level German
  • The highest mark in the world for GCE A level Spanish
  • The highest mark in Spain for International GCSE Spanish
  • The highest mark in Spain for International GCSE German



  • The highest mark in Spain in GCSE German



  • The highest mark in Spain in Cambridge International GCS AS level Applied ICT
  •  The highest mark in Spain in Cambridge International GCS A Level Applied ICT


  • The highest subject mark in Spain in GCSE German.
  • The highest joint subject mark in Spain in GCSE Spanish
  •  The highest subject mark in Spain in GCE A Level Biology


  • Highest subject mark in Spain in GCSE Art & Design. 
  • Highest subject mark in Spain in GCSE Geography. 


  • Three joint highest subject mark in Spain in GCSE German. 
  • Highest subject mark in Spain in GCSE Art & Design.
  • Highest subject mark in Spain in GCSE A Level in Maths. 
  • Highest subject mark in the world in GCE A Level German. 
  • Highest subject mark in the world in GCE A Level Chemistry. 


  • Highest subject mark  in Spain in GCSE Art & Design.
  • Highest subject mark  in Spain in GCSE ICT
  • Highest subject mark  in Spain in GCSE French
  • Highest subject mark  in the world in GCE AS level in ICT.


  • Three Awards for Outstanding Performance in GCSE German
  • One Award for Outstanding Performance GCE  (A-level) Spanish


  • Edexcel Award to the best subject mark in GCE A Level in Spain in Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Spanish and and in AS Level Biology and Pure Mathematics. 

Ratings and reviews

Assessment is carried out, not only to inform students and their teachers of how much and how well they have learned, but also to plan for future learning.

In the Primary Department, class teachers and subject specialists within the department carry out informed classroom observations and effective questioning to monitor what children can do and what they need to do next. Throughout the year work is carefully monitored against the National Curriculum objectives to determine where to pitch the teaching of specific aspects of the subject and to assess the progress children are making during lessons.

Assessment in the Early Years takes the form of an informal set of observations at various stages in the first two years; this is known as “Baseline Assessment”. In Key Stages 1 and 2 assessments take place regularly throughout each year. More formal tests take place in May to assess children’s reading ages (Y1-6) and levels in English and Mathematics (Y3-6). In Year 6 children are assessed in November and May in the core subjects of Literacy and Numeracy as well as in Science and topic work. These assessments are based on the National Curriculum SATs (Standard Assessment Tests).

In the Secondary Department, students’ work is assessed on a daily basis, through teacher observations and effective questioning in the classroom. Work carried out both in school and at home is corrected, marks are awarded and feedback is given. Frequent tests are set, usually at the end on a unit of work. All marks are recorded on an ongoing basis so that students may check on their progress and improvement. Throughout the year students are encouraged by both subject teachers and tutors to set themselves targets and then work hard to achieve these. At the end of each academic year, students take an examination in each subject.

External examinations

External examinations are taken by students in Years 9 to 13.

  • At the end of Year 9, Cambridge International Checkpoint examinations in English, Maths and Science.
  • At the end of Year 10, GCSE English language and Maths at core level.
  • At the end of Year 11, these same subjects at extended level, together with remaining subjects.
  • At the end of Year 12, GCE “AS” modules in selected subjects.
  • At the end of Year 13, GCE “A” levels in selected subjects.

External examination results

Entry to university or the workplace depends on various factors, the most important of which is examination results.

At school we are proud of our results’ record which have been improving year after year, enabling our students to take up places at some of the most prestigious universities worldwide. Please see "University Placements".


Last academic year we were delighted to obtain the following results at this level:

Year 11
Pass rate92%
A* & A65%
 A* - B83%

Pass grades: “A” to “C”

Fail grades: “D” to “G”


Last academic year we were delighted to obtain the following results at this level:

Year 12 Year 13
Pass rate94%Pass rate100%
A35%A / A*49%
A / B54%A* / A / B79%
A - C69%A* - C87%
  Selectividad average8.6
  UCAS average179




In order to gain access to Spanish universities, students are required to take a specific Spanish examination (Selectividad). In the case of British schools in Spain, students may gain direct access to Spanish universities via GCE “A” level examinations. A mark equivalent to that of “Selectividad” is calculated based on GCE “A” level results.

This last year our average mark at “Selectividad” was 8.6 (Range of marks awarded 0 – 10. Pass mark 5)

University placements

After GCE “A” levels, the majority of our Sixth Formers proceed to higher education mainly in Spain and the U.K., some of them at such prestigious universities as Cambridge, Oxford and the London School of Economics, thanks to the usual great GCE results records, launching them for an encouraging future. Over the past five years destinations and courses have included:


British and Irish Modern Music InstituteArtist Development in Music
Brunel UniversityBusiness and Accounting
Escola Massana, BarcelonaArt and Design
Leeds Becket UniversityInternational Tourisn Management
Leeds College of ArtFoundation Diploma in Art & Design
Munich Business SchoolInternational Business
Schiller International UniversityInternational Relations and Diplomacy
Swansea UniversityMechanical Engineering
The University of NottinghamLaw
Universidad Complutense, MadridPhilosophy
University of BathSocial Sciences
University of BathComputer Science and Mathematics
University of BirminghamInternational Relations
University of BrightonBusiness with Economics
University of BrightonAccounting and Finance
University of BristolVeterinary Science
University of British ColumbiaSocial Sciences
University of Central LancashireInternational Business
University of DundeeMechanical Engineering
University of East AngliaBiological Sciences
University of East AngliaEnvironmental Science with tear in Industry
University of GreenwichMedia and Communications
University of LeedsChemical Engineering
University of LeicesterComputer Science with year in Industry.
University of LeicesterGeography
University of LondonManagement with International Business
University of ManchesterBiology
University of Passau, GermanyLaw
University of PortsmouthArchitecture
University of the West of ScotlandMechanical Engineering
University of WestminsterComputer Science
University of YorkComputer Science

Sisu Award

The Queen’s College Sisu Award is presented annually to Year 13 students, in recognition of effort and perseverance. The award is based on specific results-based criteria. There is no limit to the number of awards available each year which means that all students who achieve the established objectives are rewarded.

The award, apart from public recognition of qualities such as sustained effort and achievement consists of a monetary prize: the refund of 50% of the final year’s annual school fee (see below: Sisu Award Criteria).

The origin of the award’s name: ‘Sisu’ is a Finnish term which, when loosely translated into English, means ‘strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity’. Sisu does not imply momentary courage, but the ability to sustain an action against all odds.

We believe that the concept of SISU is particularly appropriate to the spirit and philosophy of Queen’s College. It is also a perfect example of how each culture and language is unique. The diversity which stems from the coming together of different cultures and languages is responsible for the richness of the international school experience. Presentation video (2011)

Sisu Award Criteria

This award is presented to students who achieve the equivalent of 4 “A” grades at GCE “A” level and who have demonstrated the academic and personal qualities which make them excellent role models for younger students.

The award comes with a percentage refund of Year 13 fees as specified below.

  1. 10% refund of fees (based on annual fee) for one year’s attendance at school.
  2. 20% refund of fees (based on annual fee) for two year’s attendance at school.
  3. 30% refund of fees (based on annual fee) for three year’s attendance at school.
  4. 40% refund of fees (based on annual fee) for four year’s attendance at school.
  5. 50% refund of fees (based on annual fee) for students who have attended the school for a minimum of 5 years.