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Examination Results

We do not select our students on an academic basis yet we are regularly ranked amongst the best International Schools for our examination results.  Students at DESC get outstanding examination results due to the solid foundation given to them by their teachers throughout their time at the college. At DESC, students sit some GCSEs in Year 10 (Science and English), however, most GCSEs are taken in Year 11. Currently, students in Year 12 take AS examinations at the end of the academic year as the Year 13 students take their A levels. Some students in the Sixth Form are enrolled on BTEC qualifications that have more of a portfolio-based assessment structure.

Our results over the last few years have been exceptional, with over 90% of our Year 11 students consistently attaining five or more GCSE C grades including English and Maths. Although the attainment of our students is remarkable, we are most proud of the extra value that we are able to add to each student. On average, students in Year 11 perform better than expected in each examination that they take by about half a GCSE grade.

To view the Summer 2020 Exam Information click HERE.



A Level Headline Results 2019

We are pleased to announce our A level results for this academic year and celebrate the high performing achievement of our students. As our largest cohort yet (178 students), with a genuinely inclusive profile, we are proud of all our students, from our highest attainers with a set of straight A*/As, to those for whom pass grades earned across the attainment range represent equally impressive success stories. On average, A level students have made progress by almost a third of a grade on what they were expected to achieve across all subjects (+0.28 Value added).  

Our overall results, from students who are not selected academically, show that 41% achieved an A* or A grade; 70% of students achieved A* – B and 99.6% passed with grades A* – E.  Our 51 BTEC students, across four subjects, achieved 100% pass rate with 80% gaining a double distinction (AA equivalent).  Most students have received offers from their university of choice and this includes Oxford, Cambridge and US Ivy League.  Our highest achieving student gained 5 A* with thirty-two other students gaining at least 3 A*/A.  
This is also a fabulous tribute to our talented teaching staff who strive to ensure the needs of all Sixth Form learners are met. Congratulations to all students for their hard work and dedication in achieving this record success and we wish them all the best in their future.

To view our four year examination statistics, please click HERE.

GCSE Headline Results 2019 

Congratulations once again to last year’s Year 11 students for achieving another fantastic set of examination results in their GCSEs. As you may know, those students took a combination of legacy GCSEs and reformed GCSEs, so it has been much more difficult this year to make any sort of year-on-year comparison or even analyse the results in the same way that we have done previously. Still, we are really proud of the exceptional performances by the students and have one again demonstrated that students at DESC, on average, do better than expected in their GCSEs.

Legacy GCSEs were graded on the old A*- G system, whereas the reformed GCSEs were graded using the new 9-1 system. The UK examination regulator, Ofqual, has ensured that there are similarities between grades and numbers, but only at certain key points. The new grade 7 has been pegged to the old grade A, and the new 4 has been pegged to the old C grade. However, the old B grade encompasses both a part of the new 5 and the new 6 grade. A good way to think about it is that a 5 is like a B/C and a 6 is a high B. It is the expectation that to pass the GCSE you must pass the 4 threshold – this is now referred to as a “standard” pass, whereas a 5 is referred to as a “strong” pass.

We have therefore only been able to compare against UK statistics by using the key indicators of percentage of entries scoring 7-9 plus any A*-A grades from the legacy GCSEs, percentage of entries scoring 4-9 plus any C grades (legacy) or above and percentage of entries scoring 1-9 plus G (legacy) and above.

Also note that the new, reformed GCSEs have much more challenging content, no coursework, more knowledge to recall and an exam model that insists that the entire qualification must be sat in the same season, ie there are no modules that can be taken early. It is for these reasons that year-on-year comparisons cannot be made for this year.

To view our five year GCSE examination statistics, please click HERE.