Students from Elizabeth Moir School in Sri Lanka have achieved the best IGCSE results of any international school in the world this year. The overall UK Independent Schools average for A* Grades is 32.9 per cent and Moir students almost doubled that average this year with 63 per cent A* Grades.
The school, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, achieved the best International School IGCSE results for 2016 ahead of former rivals Dhirubhai Ambani International School in Mumbai and Harrow International School in Hong Kong.
This year, 29 out of their 41 IGCSE students obtained seven or more A* and A Grades and at least 17 of them will win Edexcel awards later this year. This comes the year after Moir students achieved the best ever A Level results by an International School in the world, with 38% of papers
Speaking about the achievement, the head of School, Elizabeth Moir, said: “We don’t necessarily aim to win accolades for our Grades, but rather our ethos is to get the best out of our students. It is incredible what pupils in this country can achieve when people believe in and support them. I am especially proud that our students have performed so well at the same time, excelling in sport, music and drama and contributing to society through our Community Service programme.’
Proud as she is of the school’s many high achievers, Moir says that it means more to her that every student in the class did well and was pleased with their results. Some 96% of all papers were Graded A* – B
“This shows that any student is capable of shining”, she says. “In the right environment with small class sizes and with teachers who do everything they can to help them both in and out of class.”
Over the past two years, Moir students have won places at nine universities ranked in the Top 10 in the world in various rankings: Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College and UCL in the UK and Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Berkeley and Chicago in the USA. Even though Harvard normally only accepts one student from Sri Lanka each year, six Moir students have gone there in the past nine years, all on scholarship.