Markham College has a policy of complete transparency in regard to our levels of academic achievement and we are pleased to publish our public examination results on our website in full.
Students throughout the school are entered for a number of different international examinations. In the Upper School students are entered for Cambridge ESOL examinations, IGCSE examinations and most students also study for the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
Success in these examinations has led to an increasing number of Markham students continuing their education after school by entering some of the best universities around the world.
English Language Examinations
Preliminary English Test (PET)
We have gradually moved this examination down the school and it is now taken in Primary 5.
A pass in this examination indicates that a student has acquired sufficient English skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening to operate efficiently in an English-speaking country.
In 2015, 144 students passed the examination with over 20% of them achieving the top grade of Pass with Distinction. This is the highest percentage of top results the school has ever achieved at this examination at this level.
First Certificate in English (FCE)
As with PET, we have gradually moved this examination down the school. It was originally taken in S5 but is now sat by all students in S2.
FCE is an intermediate-level examination that tests the level of English required for further academic study at university or clerical, secretarial and managerial work in business. Successful candidates receive a certificate awarded by the University of Cambridge recognised by universities and employers throughout the world.
In 2015 we are pleased to report very good results with 146 students gaining pass grades of A – C. Over 27% of the students gained the top A grade, our highest ever percentage.
Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)
Most students at Markham follow the 2-year IB Diploma programme. Those who opt to study the 1- year National Programme are entered for the CAE. The CAE is a high-level English examination that requires both ability and motivation from the students if they are to do well. In 2015, 35 students passed this examination with grades A – C.
Local and foreign universities give English course credits for passes in FCE and CAE and possession of these certificates will be of great value in future academic study.
International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
IGCSE is the international equivalent of the examinations taken by UK students at the age of 16. Over 500,000 entries are made each year by students from over 140 countries in over 3,700 different schools. IGCSE examination results are the best way of comparing academic standards across different schools as the criteria for the examinations are the same world-wide.
All Markham students are entered for at least 10 IGCSE subjects that include English and Spanish, both overwhelmingly at first language level, Literature in both languages, Double Science, International Mathematics, either History or Geography, and two other subjects from the following list: Art & Design, Business Studies, Computer Studies, Design Technology, Drama, Food & Nutrition, French, Music or Physical Education. In addition, some students are also entered for IGCSEs in Additional Mathematics.
In 2015, 152 S4 students sat 1531 IGCSE examinations, an average of over 10 per student. The average point score per student (MPS) was 6.26, the second highest in our history and 9 students gained 10 or more A*-A grades.
To demonstrate the transparency of our results, and to show the breadth of subjects we offer at IGCSE, a detailed table of departmental results is provided below.
|Subject||S||A||B||C||D||E||F||Sat||A-C||% A-C||% A*-A||MPS|
|Foreign Language Spanish||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||2||100.00%||100.00%||8.00|
|DT Graphic Products||3||4||2||0||0||0||0||9||9||100.00%||77.78%||7.11|
|DT Systems and Control||1||4||3||0||0||0||0||8||8||100.00%||62.50%||6.75|
|DT Resistant Materials||1||4||1||1||0||0||0||7||7||100.00%||71.43%||6.71|
|First Language English||26||39||45||21||3||1||0||135||131||97.04%||48.15%||6.45|
|Food And Nutrition||2||7||16||16||4||0||0||45||41||91.11%||20.00%||5.71|
|First Language Spanish||10||28||59||37||15||1||0||150||134||89.33%||25.33%||5.85|
|English as a Second Language||0||3||4||7||2||0||0||16||14||87.50%||18.75%||5.50|
|Art & Design||3||9||10||3||7||0||2||34||25||73.53%||35.29%||5.71|
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
The flagship academic programme at Markham is the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
Students who choose to follow this course must agree to stay on at school for a sixth year of study. We have sustained this policy for more than 15 years with a high degree of success.
In 2015, the school entered 68 students for the IB Diploma. 6 students achieved a point score of 40 points or over and one student was awarded the maximum points score of 45. The average point score of 33.81 per student is significantly better than the world average.
Currently, we offer the following courses at IB Diploma level: English and Spanish Literature and English and Spanish Language and Literature, French B, Economics, History, Geography, Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Design Technology, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Art, Film, Music and Theatre Studies at both Higher and Standard level, plus Environmental Systems and Societies, Global Politics and Sports, Health and Exercise Science at Standard level. Apart from Spanish and French all subjects will be taught and examined in English.