It has been a week of celebration for students and teachers at Nobel International School Algarve as Year 13 students achieved success in their A Level results and turned their attention to exciting plans for higher education.
An increase of A* to A grades from 18% to 37% of all grades achieved made this a record year at the school for top grades, exceeding the UK average of 25.5%.
More than half of all entries achieved A* to B, whilst 75% of grades were at A* to C level. The overall pass rate of 98% exceeded the UK national average of 97.6% and subjects such as Biology, Maths, Portuguese and Chemistry increased their percentage pass rate from 2018 by an average of 20%.
There have been outstanding achievements across a wide variety of subject areas, in particular for Art and Design with 100% of candidates achieving an A* or A equivalent grades, for Chemistry with 100% of candidates achieving A* to B grades, and for French, Sociology and Portuguese, where all students achieved A* to C grades.
Jasmine Wragg (A* A* A* A*) will study Biotechnology and Microbiology at York University, along with Lucas Lopes (A A A*) who will study Physics with Astrophysics at the same university, Cameron Dent (A* A* A A) will study Medicine at University College London and Anzhelika Akopyan (A* A* B ) will study Biotechnology at Manchester University.
Business degrees have also proved a popular choice this year with students looking to European universities, such as Camila Bianchi (ABB) who will study International Affairs in Brussels, Alexander Rostovkiy (A* A A) who will study Business Management at Católica Lisbon, and Mihai Sofroni (A* BB) who will study Business Economics at Liverpool University. Congratulations to Freya Knight (AAB), too, who goes to Glasgow University to study Literature and Psychology.
Head of International Section, Maria Tomé, said: “The school is celebrating the achievements of our hardworking students, a year group with so many excellent role models for their younger colleagues. We have seen this group of students actively involved with school life for many years and wish them well in the future. As well as the top headline grades, we also congratulate all of those students who worked hard to improve on their predicted grades and achieved the improvements they were hoping for.”
A high proportion of the students this year have secured places at prestigious higher education institutions including UCL, York University, Glasgow University, Liverpool University, Manchester Universities and universities in Europe.