Thailand: 2020 A Level Results Roundup

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

At Harrow International School, Bangkok59% of all grades were A* to A, and 96% of students achieved A* to C. Just over a third (32%) of the year group achieved all A* or A grades.

Headmaster Jon Standen said:

"Congratulations Class of 2020! Your hard work and determination has led to truly aspirational examination results and opened doors to world-class universities. I wish you every success in your future and look forward to seeing you again at alumni events in years to come."

At Brighton College (Bangkok), 66% of its first ever AS Level cohort in Year 12 achieved A grades; students will take their A Levels next year when they move up to Year 13.

Headmaster Mike Walton said: 

“We are very proud of our first cohort of A Level pupils, with 62% achieving straight A grades in 3 or 4 A Level subjects. Each and every pupil has been a joy to work with and after a very successful first year it bodes well for next summer and the realisation of their university dreams”. 

Shrewsbury International School's Class of 2020 also celebrated above average grades, with 76% of the group achieving A* to A grades; 45% were graded A*s, and nearly 60% of the entire cohort achieved straight A*/A grades.

Straight A* grade students Benya (Benny) Charumilind, Boonyavee (Prin) Wongwisetsuk, and Keodeo (Deva) Lokitiyakul will study medical degrees in Thailand at Chiang Mai, Chulalongkorn and Mahidol Ramathibodi. They are amongst a group of 13 students who achieved offers to top medical programmes this year; an increasingly popular choice for Shrewsbury students.

While some students have understandably chosen to defer the start of their university career until 2021, the majority will soon be studying at universities in America, the UK, Thailand, Japan, China and Australia.

Shrewsbury (Riverside) principal, Chris Seal said:

“They have demonstrated remarkable resilience and dedication throughout their GCSE and A level studies, and especially throughout the last few months, which have been particularly challenging for students across the World. For Shrewsbury’s Class of 2020, the results are again the currency which lead them to a quite extraordinary list of university destinations."

Garden International School, Bangkok has reported a 100% pass rate, 73% A*-C grades, and 33% A*-A grades.

At Rugby School, Thailand, 61% of students achieved A*-A grades.

At Bangkok International Prep and Secondary School, 44% of grades were A* to A and 69% were A* to B grades.

The school said:

"This year’s graduating class had a final year like no other at Bangkok Prep. Our students showed responsibility, resilience, kindness and have excelled in their time at school."

A Levels 2020 - what you need to know

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/AS 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 more than 25 of Thailand's 150-plus international and private schools that offer AGCE/International A Levels, with 19 schools following the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at college level instead.

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

Results 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 Thailand well today. Whatever your grade, you are amazing, and today is just the start of something big and new...

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