Georgian Students Beat the British at their Own Game!

Students from the St. George’s British-Georgian School gained better results in British examinations than students in England in 2015. The Headmaster, Dr. Christopher Greenfield, told parents and students at the annual certificate award ceremony that students had bettered the results in England by nearly 20%.

Students at BGS achieved 100% pass rate in the GCSE and IGCSE (International General Certificate of Education) examinations. Of these passes, 88% were high grades. In England students only achieved 69% high grade passes in the GCSE examinations in 2015.

“In my 30 years of leading schools, including two schools in UK, these results equal the best my students have ever achieved. And all BGS students are Georgian, studying in a second language, and also following the Georgian National Curriculum at the same time! The students and teachers involved deserve huge congratulations,” said Dr. Greenfield.

Altogether, 18 BGS students were awarded GCSE, IGCSE and A Level (Advanced level) certificates at the ceremony held at school this month. The award of ‘Best in School’ went to Nata Khatiashvili who achieved high grades in all 8 of her IGCSE/ GCSE examinations, of which 5 were top (A*) grades.

Dr. Greenfield explained to the students, parents and teachers at the ceremony that success in British examinations depends on more than knowing facts. “Students are required to explain, evaluate and apply knowledge. They are required to use analytical skills and critical thinking, especially at Advanced level. The teachers who helped students achieve these impressive results also deserve our thanks and congratulations,” he said.

St. George’s British-Georgian School students sit British examinations prepared by the Edexcel (Pearson) Board. This is one of four boards accredited by the UK Government to set examinations in England. The GCSE examination (the General Certificate of Secondary Education) is usually taken by British students at the age of 16. The IGCSE is the international version of the GCSE.

Advanced Level examinations are usually taken in two stages at ages of 17 and 18. They are used by British universities for their entry requirements. They are taken in two parts. AS examinations are part one, and A2 examinations are part two. The examinations are recognised throughout the world, and accepted by most universities as reliable evidence of educational achievement.

All Edexcel examination papers are written by educational experts in UK, and also assessed by experts in UK. The system ensures the standards and integrity of the examinations.

Katie Ruth Davies

24 December 2015 19:32