Improving further on last year’s previous best results, 70% of the IGCSE examinations taken by Shrewsbury students achieved grade A or above (nearly 3.5 times higher than the UK average of 21.2%), with over 42% scoring the highest A* grade (versus a UK average of less than 7%), another new benchmark for the school.
Behind the headlines, eleven of our IGCSE students achieved 10 or more A* grades, with top performers Pavitchaya (Pearl) Yodwangjane and Chonlada (Namfon) Trirotanan both scoring 12 A*s. They head a list of thirty five students (nearly one third of the entire IGCSE year group) to secure 7 or more A*s, an achievement which the school celebrates by awarding an honorary academic scholarship for those continuing their studies in Shrewsbury’s renowned Sixth Form programme.
There they will look to emulate the impressive A-level achievements of our graduating Class of 2015, who in turn secured an A grade or above in 57% of exams; an incredible 26% passing with the top A* grade, more than 3 times the UK national average.
Leading by example, Head Boy Patsakorn (Vegas) Lertprasertkul was awarded four straight A* grades and now begins his undergraduate studies in Physics as a Freeman Scholar at the University of Chicago.
Also heading to the US with straight A* grades are Sippawaich (Jazz) Laosirichon (UCLA, Financial Mathematics) and economists Monnawat (Book) Krasaesian and Thanatchaporn (Mind) Apivessa, who will study at the Ivy League’s Brown and Cornell Universities respectively.
Meanwhile top athlete Alex Taylor clocked four straight A*s, adding to his 12 A*s at GCSE. He begins a degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Bath this September, and is one of nearly 40 Class of 2015 graduates to have secured places at top UK universities, including 15 places at Oxbridge and top London institutions Imperial College, UCL, LSE and King’s College.
In total, Shrewsbury’s Class of 2015 now head to around 25 leading universities in the UK, US, Japan, Australia and Thailand, including at least 36 places at World Top 100 ranked institutions such as UPenn, Berkeley, Michigan, Chicago, Washington, Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol and Durham. The list of destinations is another significant endorsement for Shrewsbury’s Sixth Form programme, which combines the focused academic rigor of A-level studies with the holistic, critical-thinking course, ‘Reading the World’; an approach which is respected and valued by leading universities around the world.
Whilst we see a large number of students embarking on the traditionally popular engineering, economics and medical disciplines at university, we are also equally delighted to have helped nurture and support students who are now pursuing vocational career paths outside Higher Education. This includes Jitrin (Teddy) Soongswan, one of Shrewsbury’s founding students, who flies to the UK to fulfill his dream of becoming an airline pilot at the Oxford Aviation Academy. Congratulations to him and all of our record-breaking students.