Excellent examination results and newly awarded scholarships were two reasons for a recent celebration at the International School of Paphos (ISOP). Parents, pupils and staff gathered at the Palia Ilektriki Cultural Centre on Friday 25th September for the private school’s annual Academic Excellence Awards Ceremony.
Deputy Head, Mr Stephan Spies-Gordes, pointed out that the IGCSE examination results from May/June were among the best in the school’s history. 97% of the pupils who had been recommended to take these exams obtained grades A* to C. 42% of all ISOP students received A* or A grades and 68% obtained A* to B grades. At AS-Level, where an A* grade does not exist, 21% of the school’s candidates obtained an A and another 27% a grade B. At A-Level, it was 33% receiving A*s or As and 56% receiving A* to B grades. Mr Spies-Gordes emphasised that these figures compare very well with previous years and also with other schools, both in Cyprus and abroad. “In the UK,” he said, “the percentages of A*- and A-grade students from private schools dropped this year. This did not happen here at ISOP!”
It was also announced that International School graduates of 2015 are now studying at prestigious universities in Britain and elsewhere, including the London School of Economics, University College London, Manchester, Glasgow and universities in Germany, the USA and Canada. On behalf of the school’s management, Mr. Spies-Gordes congratulated all the pupils, parents and teachers of ISOP on their impressive achievements.
21 students received “Certificates of Merit for Examination Success Ahead of Time”, having passed IGCSEs in Mathematics, Greek or Russian a year or two early. Their results were outstanding, as all but one obtained A* grades.
48 students who completed Years 11 or 12 in the summer received the International School’s Academic Excellence Awards in Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum. These prizes are awarded on the basis of a points system that takes into account the pupils’ examination marks at IGCSE, AS- or A-Level.
The International School of Paphos also announced its newly-introduced scholarships. From Year 5 up to Year 12, the three top students in each year group, based on their examination performance in May/June 2015, were rewarded in this way. 24 students received scholarships amounting to a total of over €20,000 and were presented with certificates to mark the occasion.