Hong Kong: 2020 A Level Results Roundup

Students at international schools across Hong Kong have received their 2020 A/AS Level results ­– so how did they perform?
Hong Kong: 2020 A Level Results Roundup
By Carli Allan
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Students at international schools in Hong Kong have received their A Level results during the one of the most turbulent times in education – and Kellett School and Harrow International School are among the first to publish their results.

Kellett School's Class of 2020 (pictured above) celebrated well above average grades. Out of the entries for this year, 62.1% were awarded A* to A, 82.8% were A* to B, 30.8% of all grades were A*, and 91.7% were A* to C. 

Individual success stories include five students achieving four or more A* grades, and eight students achieving three or more A* grades.

Kellett's principal and CEO Mark Steed said:

"I would like to congratulate the Class of 2020 on all their hard work and resilience through what was a challenging and, at times, stressful year. It is pleasing that their efforts have been rewarded, despite all the difficulties with the grade awarding process. I wish each and every one of them every success as they move onto the next chapter of their lives."

At Harrow International School (Hong Kong), 41% of A Level results were the top A* grade, with 71% of grades at A*-A and 93% at A*-B in what the school described as impressive results for what has been a "challenging year".

During the past few weeks, exams were cancelled, lessons were moved online, and a new grading and appeals system was changed right up until the last minute. One thing remains constant though – the results for the 2019-20 academic year are published as normal, and students are feeling every bit as anxious (if not more) as their peers in every previous years.

Although this year’s students did not sit the A Level exams, they still receive a grade for each subject based on an algorithm drafted by OFQUAL (the UK's Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) to moderate teacher assessed grades. As announced yesterday (August 12), both A Level and GCSE students have the option to take their mock exam results, if they prove to be the better grade.

The GCE Advanced Level or International A Level is a secondary school leaving qualification in the UK and an international school qualification worldwide. Students normally sit three A Levels, but some sit four, and others as few as two.

Used by University and College admissions services around the world, A Levels remain one of the most widely recognised pre-university and college entry examinations.

There’s only a small number of Hong Kong’s 80-plus international schools that offer A Levels, with the majority following the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at college level instead. The international schools that do offer GCE/International A Levels include: California School, Discovery Bay International School, Harrow International Hong Kong, Kellett School (Kowloon Bay), Korean International School, and Sear Rogers International School.

Other schools offering A Levels include Diocesan Girls' School, St Paul's Convent School (Secondary Section), YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College. These are Direct Subsidy Scheme (DSS) schools, which are private schools that receive a subsidy from the Hong Kong government. The DSS scheme was introduced by the Education Bureau in 1991 to help improve the offering of private education in Hong Kong. DSS schools have the freedom to design their own curriculum and set their own school fees. Although DSS schools must focus on offering a curriculum that targets local students and prepares them for local examinations, some also offer A Levels.

For information on A Level appeals, see our how to feature HERE.  The deadline for any appeal is 17 September, 2020.

WhichSchoolAdvisor.com will be compiling the results sent to us, so please bookmark this article and keep coming back during the day. We wish all the students of Hong Kong well today. Whatever your grade, you are amazing, and today is just the start of something big and new...

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