August 17, 2018

Top A Level Grades Double at Nobel International School Algarve

A superb year at Nobel International School, with national success in sporting activities and some outstanding academic and musical accolades, has been followed by excellent achievements in the summer examinations, with A* to A grades doubling from last year  at 20 per cent, and A* to C grades at 73 per cent.

Out of a total entry of 83 A  Level examinations from 26 students, the pass rate increased by 10% from 2017 and we saw a 20 per cent improvement in both the A* to A and A* to C levels. Further analysis and evaluation will be the task of the school´s Academic Committee before the new term starts.

Top performing student Javier Guerra (A*, A*, A*, A ) has accepted his place to study Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College London and Head Girl Mariana Martins (A*, A*, A) exceeded her aim to get three As and hopes to study Medicine at the University of Porto. Head Boy, Kiran Martin-Bright (A, A, A) achieved the grades he needed to study a Master´s Degree in Environmental Engineering at University College London.

Head of School Mike Farrer said: “These fantastic results show a significant upward trend in our academic performance as a school and sixth form.  We are going from strength to strength and for the third year running, achievement has improved. This is a collective success for all involved in exam teaching and preparation, and for the parents and families, and boarding house staff, supporting with revision and study at home and in preparing students for the potential stress of exam nerves. Most of all, it is testament to the hard work and commitment invested by our students.

Javier Guerra said: “It wasn´t just me who got these results – I have to thank my parents, my teachers, my friends, everyone who put in a contribution to me achieving these results. I am delighted and very excited to be going to study in London and at such a prestigious university. I believe that hard work is essential to achieving these results and I have been very focused on doing the very best I could do.”

Mariana Martins, Head Girl, said: “For the last two years I aimed higher than the grades I knew I needed. I believe that it´s necessary to give up on some things to get where you want to be. You have to set your priorities early – it takes a lot of hard work to get an A*. I have wanted to be a doctor since I was a very young child and have never given up on that dream.  I am also delighted for my friends and, particularly with Javier – we have supported each other all through the sixth form through a healthy competition which constantly pushed us to achieve our best. With every small test, we were comparing results and trying to beat each other! I think this really helped us both to achieve the A* in Biology!”

Other university destinations for this group of A level students include Faro University, University of Amsterdam, University College London, University of Westminster and BI Norwegian Business School and Leeds Beckett University, and the school continues to receive news of more confirmed offers.

Congratulations to all!

(Photo: Javier and Mariana at the Year 13 Leavers´ Prom)