Private schools embrace ‘more stimulating’ IGCSEs

Channel 4 News, 31/08/13, reports that fee-paying schools are turning to the alternative exam as they continue to outperform state schools in bagging top grades.

IGCSEs are based on the old O-levels and are seen by many private schools as more rigorous than GCSES.

The alternative qualification now accounts for 32 per cent of exam entries among privately educated 16-year-olds, up from 24.9 per cent last year.

Private school pupils scored four times as many top grades in their GCSEs and IGCSEs this year compared to the average candidate.

Some 32 per cent of all entries from students at fee-paying schools achieved an A* grade, up one percentage point on last year.

On average, each private school pupil achieved two A* grades and seven As in their results.

Westminster School in central London scored the best grades, coming top in a new league table of private schools.Some 98.16 per cent of pupils were awarded an A or A*, and 100 per cent got at least a C.

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