Singapore: 2019 IGCSE Results Revealed

As Singapore students settle into the new academic year, the results for the 2019 IGCSEs have been released. How did students in Singapore perform? Which schools have published their results?
Singapore: 2019 IGCSE Results Revealed
By Carli Allan
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IGCSE results at Singapore's international schools are in – and there’s a high percentage of students achieving the top grades of A* and 9. The IGCSE results for schools including Dover Court (pictured above), Tanglin Trust School, Dulwich College (Singapore), GIIS SMART Campus and NPS International School are detailed below.

2019 sees big changes for students sitting GCSE and IGCSE exams worldwide. Many results have been graded using the new grading structure of 9-1, introduced last year, instead of A*-G. These include maths, English languages and sciences. Not only has the grading format changed, but the way students achieve their results has changed too – resulting in less coursework, and a much stronger focus on written examinations.

This is the second year that most Singapore schools have had I/GCSE examinations graded using both the A*-G or 9 to 1 grading systems.

In total, over 700,000 students in the UK and overseas will have sat the new tougher examinations. Over 5 million GCSE and IGCSE exams are awarded using the 9–1 grading scale worldwide, including in the UK, making it the most used and recognised grading scale for GCSE and IGCSE globally.

There has been some considerable controversy over the change to the GCSE framework. Some headteachers have said that lower-attaining students have been demoralised, with 554 respondents to a survey by the Association of School and College Leaders in England saying that the new exams, which cover a wider syllabus, were harder.

According to the UK’s Department of Education, “the new GCSE’s have been reformed to cover more challenging content to ensure students are prepared for the world of work and further study”.

Schools in Singapore work with two main IGCSE examination boards, Cambridge and Pearson Edexcel, which have adopted the 9-1 grading scale to award some International GCSE qualifications across South East Asia. Last year, only English and Mathematics International GCSEs were awarded using the new 9-1 grading scale. This year’s Pearson Edexcel International GCSE results have seen the scale being applied to all other subjects as well, and Cambridge to many of its subjects. 

A statement from Pearson reports:" “By using this method of grading, it is ensured that the grading meets the same standards as Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) set in the UK for GCSE, so students can successfully progress to qualifications such as GCE A level, International A level and on to university”.

For more information about IGCSEs, click here.

For students who have received their GCSE and IGCSE results this summer, they are the pathway to future studies post-16 and beyond. Many universities and colleges look at GCSE and IGCSE results as an indicator of previous academic achievement, together with predicted grades as A Level or IBDP.

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IGCSE Results in Singapore

Given the new, 'higher' standards, the results of Singapore students, detailed below, are all the more impressive. We will continue to add to this table as schools provide further data.

School No.of students Exams sat % A*/9-8 % A*-A/9-7 % A*-C/9-4 % students achieving 5 A*-C/9-4 (inc maths and English) Highest number of grades achieved by an individual student
Anglo-Chinese School (International) October cohort              
Ascensia International School              
Australian International School (AIS) October cohort     10% 25%     10 A*
Dover Court     31%     78% 9 A*-A
DPS International School, Singapore October cohort         100%    
Dulwich College (Singapore) 70 705   75% 99%   10 A*-A
EtonHouse Broadrick              
EtonHouse International School (Orchard) Opened in 2018, first cohort 2020              
Furen International School              
GEMS World Academy (Singapore)              
GIIS SMART Campus 124     71%     9 A*
Hwa Chong International School (HCIS)              
Insworld Institute              
Middleton International School (Tampines) Opened in 2018, first cohort 2020              
Nexus International School (Singapore)              
NPS International School       84%     11 A*
One World International School (Nanyang) Opened in 2018, first cohort 2020              
SIM International Academy              
SSTC International Academy              
St Francis Methodist School              
St Joseph's Institution International School October cohort              
Tanglin Trust School     48% 74% 98%   9 A*
UWC South East Asia (Dover Campus)              
UWC South East Asia (East Campus)              

Dover Court International School

At Dover Court 78% of students achieved five GCSEs between 9-4 (A*-C) including English and mathematics, and 21% achieved five or more GCSEs between grades 9-7 (A*-A).  31% of the cohort achieved a grade 9-7 (A*-A), and two students achieved a full suite of 9-7 grades.

Seven students in Years 9 and 10 took mathematics GCSE, all of whom achieved grade 9 and five students from Years 9 and 10 took French and German, and all achieved grade 9.

Head of secondary Craig Bull said: “I am incredibly proud of the achievements of all our students and the progress they have made at DCIS. I am excited by the opportunities in life that these excellent results will offer our students giving them a very positive start in shaping their future. I am also delighted to be welcoming so many of our Year 11 students back into Year 12 this year as our IBDP Sixth Form continues to grow.”

Dulwich College (Singapore)

The cohort of 70 students at Dulwich College (Singapore) sat a total of 705 examinations, and 99% of grades were A*-C (9-4). 75% of students received an A*/A (or equivalent), 90% of grades were A* to B (or equivalent), 30% of students secured 10 A*/A grades (or equivalent), and 61% of students were awarded eight or more A*/A grades (or equivalent).

The school says: "Dulwich College (Singapore) runs a successful three-year IGCSE programme which allows the time to negotiate students through the syllabus in a less rushed or pressured time frame. It allows the College to teach beyond the curriculum whilst giving the flexibility to explore deeper and broader learning and it encourages greater understanding and knowledge which will benefit students in the future, through the IB Diploma Programme and beyond."


GIIS SMART Campus students celebrated on results day with 71% of students securing an A*-A. 10.5% students achieved a full set of A* and 100% of students were awarded A* in mathematics without coursework. 13 students achieved A* in all exams that they sat, and Aryan Sharma was the World Topper for Hindi.

GIIS SMART Campus principal Melissa Maria said:“ The IGCSE students have done us proud with their stellar performance. I wish all our students the very best for the next step in their academic journey. My special gratitude to teachers whose immense dedication paved the way for great results. A big thanks to the parents who play a vital role in the success of their children.”

Tanglin Trust School

Students at Tanglin Trust School have performed well above the England average again, with 74% of all grades achieved at either A, A* or equivalent, higher than the 21.9% in England but slightly lower than the school's 2018 figure of 77%. In addition, 98% of all grades achieved were A* to C or equivalent, the same as last year; this figure was 69.9% in England. 48% of grades were A*.

Other results reported by the school include: 36% achieved A*, A or equivalent grades in all their GCSE subjects, and seven students achieved A* or equivalent in all their GCSEs. 100% of students achieved an A*-C grade in both English Language and English Literature, and 99% of students achieved an A*-C grade in mathematics.

Head of senior school Allan Forbes, said: "I am absolutely thrilled by the success of our Year 11 students. These statistics and headlines make impressive reading and compare incredibly well to other schools in Singapore and the region as well as highly academic state and independent schools in the UK.
"I have witnessed where our success comes from first-hand, having a daughter who is part of this impressive group of students. I can therefore state with confidence that Tanglin's academic success stems from individual hard work, collaboration with fellow students, quality and caring teachers who are always willing to go the extra mile, and supportive parents."

Tanglin students move on to their sixth form studies where they can choose to study either the IB Diploma or A Levels.

For reference, the proportion of top grades  awarded as 7, 8 or 9 at private schools in the UK was 62.1%, down from 62.6% last year. Nationally, 20.8% achieved these grades, up from 20.5% last year.

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