Hong Kong: 2020 I/GCSE Results

After months of anxious waiting, students have received their I/GCSE results – based solely on teachers' predicted grades. So, how have schools in Hong Kong performed?
Hong Kong: 2020 I/GCSE Results
By Carli Allan
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There have been days, weeks and months of panic and uncertainty for students awaiting this year's I/GCSE results. First, all teaching moved online, then all exams were cancelled, and most recently there has been controversy over the grading process. The wait is over – and students at international schools across Hong Kong have received their I/GCSE results.

In a U-turn decision, the UK Government has replaced a controversial algorithm used to determine all I/GCSE and A/AS Level grades with an (arguably) fairer method based solely on predicted grades (Centre Assessment Grades). It means that I/GCSE students will receive their results today, knowing that their teachers – who should know them best – have been responsible for the outcomes.


At French International School (FIS) there was a 100% pass rate, 91% were A*-B grades, and 98% of students achieved A*-C grades. 64% of students achieved 7 A*/A grades, and 32% of the cohort celebrated 9 A*/A grades.

A few individual performances to celebrate include one student receiving 11 A* grades, another one 10 A* grades, and three students receiving 11 A*/A grades.

FIS said:

"Despite a disrupted year, the quality of their work and their dedication, coupled with the great support they received from their teachers and their families enabled our amazing Y11 students to achieve outstanding results."

One FIS student Madhavi C, who achieved 10 A* grades commented on the challenges of this year, saying:

"The 2019-2020 school year at FIS was very different from normal school years because online lessons were implemented after CNY and the IGCSE exams were cancelled. Given these disruptions, I was quite apprehensive about my final IGCSE results. However, with the support of all my teachers and my family, I was hopeful that I would receive high IGCSE grades. "

At Yew Chung International School, 45% of all subjects taken were A*-A and 88% of all subjects taken were A*-C. One student, Ada Wong, achieved 11 A*/As and six students scored 10A*/As.  Another 12 students scored A* or A in nine subjects.

YCIS education director Martin Scott said,

“Congratulations to Ada Wong and all the Year 11 students and the school for their excellent achievements. Such results symbolize the success and commitment of YCIS’ unique educational approach in nurturing academically able students who are bilingually proficient, globally minded and well prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century."

Roughly 1,000 Year 11 students from English Schools Foundation (ESF) secondary schools including King George V School, Island School, Sha Tin College, South Island School and West Island School completed their I/GCSEs this year.

Across the ESF group, 60% of all grades were A* or A grades, and 99% were A*-C grades. 

The Year 11 cohort at Harrow International School celebrated high grades, with 77.6% achieving grade A* (9-8), and 92.4% grades A*-A (9-7). The school said:

"These are excellent results and are a testament to the hard work and perseverance of both pupils and staff."

Po Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School celebrated another high-performing year with 66.2% of grades being A*-A, including 33.4% of A* grades. 94.7% of grades were A*-C. In the cohort of 124 students, 81 achieved 6 A grades or more.

Results will be added to this article as we receive them. If you would like your school's results to be added, please email them to us at editor@whichschooladvisor.com.


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