Exam success at local school

Students attending the International School of the Algarve (EIA) in Lagoa were once again successful in this year’s GCSE and Advanced Level examinations, with 80 candidates sitting almost 400 exams.

The school uses two different examination boards, Cambridge University and Edexcel, meaning that the results process is spread out over three weeks but now all the results are in and the school are celebrating a 100% pass rate at Advanced Level.

Some outstanding students included head girl Olivia van Roijen who achieved three A’s and a B in Mathematics, ICT, Business Studies and Economics.

Olivia is deferring a university entry and will apply for a place in the UK or Holland after taking a gap year.

Eilis Bragginton also gained three A’s and a B in Mathematics, Biology, Geography and Chemistry and will attend Birmingham University to read Biochemistry and Genetics in September, while head boy Alexanda Maryan gained one A* in design technology, an A in mathematics and B’s in art and design and biology, and will take up a place at the Brighton Institute of Music to take a degree in modern music.

Alice Sanders.
Alice Sanders.

Meanwhile, at GCSE level the overall pass rate was also 100% with 78.8% of all the students achieving grades between A* and C and 33.6% achieving an A* or A grade.

Individual students who excelled at this level included Eloise Seddon from Carvoeiro who while gaining A grades in music and mathematics one year early has now gone on to achieve another A* and six more A grades while she also passes an Advanced Subsidiary level course in mathematics one year early.

Alice Sanders from Porches gained nine GCSEs with six being at A* and A grade while Paige Duckenfield from Mexilhoeira Grande achieved 10 GCSEs, seven being A* or A grades.

Headmaster John Butterworth said: “These results are a great tribute to the hard work of our students. Nothing irritates me more than the annual news coverage of examination results suggesting what exams are getting easier or that students are being diverted into soft option subjects.

“Here at the International School of the Algarve we are fortunate to have able and hardworking students supported by dedicate teachers and their parents, and indeed our whole community can be justifiably proud of what they have achieved.”