Thailand: 2019 IGCSE Results

As Thailand students settle into the new academic year, the results for the 2019 IGCSEs have been released. How did students in Thailand perform? Which schools have published their results?
Thailand: 2019 IGCSE Results
By Carli Allan
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IGCSE results at Thailand'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 Harrow International School, Bangkok, (pictured above), Anglo Singapore International School, Bangkok Patana School, Bangkok International Preparatory School (Sukhumvit 77), Brighton College Bangkok, Garden International School, Modern International School Bangkok, St Andrews International School (Green Valley), and St Mark's International School Bangkok 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 Thailand 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 Thailand 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 Thailand

Given the new, 'higher' standards, the results of Thailand 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 Singapore International School (Campus 64) 209     80% 100%   9 A*
Ascot International School              
Bangkok International Preparatory School (Sukhumvit 77)       50%      
Bangkok Patana School       60% 96%    
BCIS Phuket (IGCSE from 2021)              
Bloomsbury International School Hatyai              
Brighton College Bangkok        83% 100% 100%  
British International School Krabi              
British International School Phuket              
Bromsgrove International School Thailand              
Cambridge College, Thailand              
Charter International School              
Crescent International School, Bangkok              
Garden International School, Bangkok              
Garden International School, Eastern Seaboard, Ban Chang       45% 90% 90%  
Harrow International School Bangkok       67% 97%   12 A*
Heathfield International School, Bangkok              
Hua Hin International School  (IGCSE from 2019)              
International Pioneers School              
International School of Samui              
Kajonkiet International School Phuket              
King’s College International School Bangkok (Opens 2020)              
Krabi International School              
Lanna International School Thailand (Early Years and Secondary)              
Modern International School Bangkok 34       94%   9 A*
Mooltripakdee International School              
NIVA International School              
Norwich International School              
PanyaDee, The British International School of Samui              
RBIS Rasami British International School         95%    
Regents International School Pattaya              
Rugby School Thailand              
Shrewsbury International School Bangkok (Riverside)     41% 70% 98%    
Singapore International School of Bangkok (Pracha Uthit)              
St Andrews International School (Green Valley)       39% 88%    
St Andrews International School (Sukhumvit 107)              
St Andrews International School Bangkok (Srivikorn)              
St Mark's International School Bangkok     31% 62% 96%    
St Stephen’s International School, Bangkok              
St Stephen’s International School, Khao Yai              
Tara Pattana International School              
The Regent's International School, Bangkok              
Traill International School              

Anglo Singapore International School (Campus 64)

Anglo Singapore International School celebrated a 100% pass rate in all subjects for IGCSE . The cohort of 209 Secondary 4 students achieved 80% A*-A grade and 95% A*-B at IGCSE. Top performing students included Jirada Sornjai (Jijy) 9A*, Ariya Kosavisutte (Pink) 8A*1A and Supasate Laoworapong (Laota) 8A*.

Bangkok Patana School

Bangkok Patana School has yet to report its full set of IGCSE results, but so far we know that 60% of grades were A*-A, over 80% were B (grade 6 or above), and 96% were A*-C(9-4).

Bangkok International Preparatory School (Sukhumvit 77)

Bangkok International Preparatory School (Sukhumvit 77) has only reported limited results that 50% of its students achieved A*-A.

Brighton College Bangkok

Three years since its launch in Thailand and Brighton College Bangkok has received its first IGCSE results, with its first group of Year 11 pupils producing 100% A*-B grades and 83% of grades A*-A.

Head of prep and seniorsSchool, Vanessa Robitaille, said: “We are thrilled and excited to receive our first IGCSE results. Our pupils have done extremely well and thoroughly deserve this success following their hard work and dedication. Many thanks to all of our teachers, as well, who have taught our pupils throughout Years 10 and 11, unlocking their potential and enabling them to be so successful.”

Garden International School, Eastern Seaboard, Ban Chang

Students at Garden International School once again out-performed global averages with 45% achieving grades A*-A, compared to 20% in the UK, and 90% securing A*-C grades, compared to 67% in the UK. 90% of students gained five of more IGCSEs at grades A*-C.

Harrow International School, Bangkok

Harrow International School, Bangkok reported a strong set of results: 67% were graded A*-A (Grade 7-9); 88% were graded A*-B (Grade 5-9); 97% were graded A*-C (Grade 4-9); and 100% were graded A*-G.

One Harrow student achieved 12 A* and one A, four students achieved 11 A* and two students achieved 10 A*. Seventeen students achieved eight or more A* and 38% of the year group received eight or more A*-A.

Headteacher Jon Standen said: "We are all immensely proud of the achievement of the students. Their hard work and determination, supported by a committed team of enthusiastic teachers has led to record-breaking success."

Modern International School Bangkok

At Modern International School Bangkok the small cohort of 34 students achieved a 94% pass rate, and the top scoring student Akshat Jain celebrated 9 A*. 

St Andrews International School (Green Valley)

The IGCSE results for St Andrews International School (Green Valley) were more than 20% above UK averages, with 88% of students achieving grades of A*-C, 39% of these being grades of A* and A. These results  exceed the UK national average of 67% for A*-C.

St Mark's International School Bangkok

St Mark's International School Bangkok, which launched its secondary programme in August 2015, reported that 31% of all grades were A*; 62% were A*-A; and 96% were A*-C.

The school says: "For us, these results are spectacular in a number of ways. Firstly, many of our students took the exams at least one or two years ahead of time. Secondly, they have achieved these results without assistance from any external tutors or support."

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