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)