In Year 9, at the end of Key Stage 3, students sit the Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint examinations in English, Mathematics and Science. The results of these examinations are given as a score ranging from 0.0 to 6.0. A score of 3.0 or better shows that the student has a sound understanding of the curriculum.
In Year 11, the end of Key Stage 4 students will sit Cambridge IGCSE Examinations in around 9 different subjects, including English, Mathematics, Science and ICT. After the successful completion of these exams, students progress into Year 12 to begin their Key Stage 5 studies in around 4 subjects. Our first group of Year 12 students began their studies in August 2015.
Since joining HeadStart International School in August 2014, I have been genuinely impressed by the hard work and commitment of all those involved in making HeadStart a place where students are inspired to have the ‘love of learning’ described in the school’s motto. The school community here is one of the best I have ever-worked with and the positive energy that this creates enables us to achieve so much together. Since our last inspection where the school was rated as a good with a number of outstanding features highlighted, I strongly believe that HeadStart International School is well on the way to becoming one of the best schools in Thailand, providing the highest standards in teaching and learning. As we prepare for the next phase where we hope to gain a solid ‘Outstanding’ rating, the next few years will be a truly exciting time for all those involved. Having had a successful Teaching career in the UK for a number of years and having worked in various different management positions, my wife Amy and I made the decision to move to Thailand in 2012 where I worked at an International School in Bangkok. The opportunity to make a real impact at HeadStart and to help shape the future successes of the school drew me to move to Phuket. On a personal level, I am a keen sportsman and have an interest in many sports both as a spectator or participant. A highlight for me was having a leadership position for Event Services at the London 2012 Olympic Games. I am also keen golfer and compete in many of the regular competitions held here in Phuket and further afield. My wife Amy is a teacher in the Foundation department having joined HeadStart shortly after I did. Since working at HeadStart we have become parents for the first time. Ted Drew was born in April 2018 and is excited to be joining pre-school in this academic year. I look forward to continuing to working with the inspired staff and students and the committed and supportive parents that make up the HeadStart. Together we will ensure that we continue to build on the existing successes of the school and make each academic year even more successful than the last. Please feel free to email me at any time to discuss your ideas on how we can do this together. I look forward to meeting you again as the year progresses!
2020 Academic Results
IGCSE, A Level and BTEC Results 2020 We are delighted to announce our IGCSE, A Level and BTEC results for June 2020. As we had been expecting, long before Covid disrupted our lives, this year saw the most outstanding results HeadStart has seen in our 10 year history of running Cambridge examinations. Although the students did not sit external examinations this year, the results they achieved were based on two different sets of mock examinations, one set completed in school under Cambridge examination conditions, and another at home and online. The results also take into account the coursework completed which was submitted to Cambridge as it would do in any normal year. Finally, a verification process took several weeks to complete to ensure the results our students achieved were accurate, fair and were representative of what the students deserved.
At IGCSE, 98% of all grades were C or above with 55% of grades in the A or A* bracket. This is a truly remarkable achievement and a testament to the hard work of all our students. 23 students achieved 5 or more A* & A grades, with a number of students gaining A’s in ALL subjects.
At A Level, the vast majority of our students achieved the grades they needed in order to gain a place at their chosen university, with several students scoring A grades or better in every subject. One student, Ha Yeon Song, achieved A*s in all her subjects. Congratulations on your fantastic achievement!
From the November AS Level exams, we had two students achieving the highest marks in Thailand, receiving the prestigious ‘Top in Thailand’ awards. These were Julianna Mester for Music and Jinna Phaisamran in Mathematics. In Jinna’s case, she was just 2 marks away from being ‘Top in World’ for Mathematics!
Finally, the first year of our BTEC programme was also highly successful with ALL students passing their qualifications and two being awarded Merit grades in Travel and Tourism, and a further two achieving the highest grades of a Distinction.
These successful grades are a result of a tremendous amount of hard work from both the students and the teachers and of course the support that you as parents have given your children over the course of the last two years. The bar has well and truly been raised for our next set of IGCSE and A Level students and I am sure they will rise to the challenge.
Well done everyone, truly magnificent results!
IGCSE Results Since 2014
|Headline Statistics||UK Schools 2015||HeadStart 2014||HeadStart 2015||HeadStart 2016||HeadStart 2017||HeadStart 2018||HeadStart 2019|
|All entries graded A* to C||69%||85%||73%||81%||88%||94%|
|Students achieving 5 A* to C grades||64%||86%||82%||73%||88%||93%|
2019 Academic Results
A Level (Year 13)
We are delighted to announce the outstanding A Level results achieved by our Year 13 students, who achieved a 97% pass rate across 11 different subjects. Special mention must be made of Bomnuri Kim, Natanicha Chaloemtoem (our Head Girl), Natalia Kotova and Marco de la Rosa (our Head Boy) who achieved A-A* grades in all of their A Level subjects.
AS Level (Year 12)
Our Year 12 students also achieved a 97% pass rate at AS Level, across 12 different subjects. Our highest performers this year were Ha-Yeon Song, Marc Baeuerle and Thanaphat Frederiksen, who each achieved the maximum possible outcome of A grades in all 4 of their AS subjects.
We are very proud of our Sixth Form students who worked extremely hard all year to achieve such great results.
IGCSE (Year 11)
HeadStart is pleased to report another outstanding set of examination results at IGCSE. This year, 90% of grades were A-C and 28% of all grades were A-A. Our top students, all of whom achieved 9 or more A*-A grades, were Elizaveta Stashevskaia, Charlie Suzuki and Hyunseung Lee. We are now delighted to commence the new academic year with 36 students enrolled in our Sixth Form to begin their A Level and BTEC courses. We look forward to seeing what you will achieve in the next 2 years!
2018 Secondary Students Achieving Cambridge Learner Awards
|Top in Thailand||Cambridge IGCSE||Business Studies||Eve Marie Whittaker|
|Top in Thailand||Cambridge IGCSE||Physical Education||Sasiporn Kiatmontri|
|Top in Thailand||Cambridge International AS Level||Business||Paola Carmen Stoffel|
|Top in Thailand||Cambridge International AS Level||French language||Maeva Mai-Huong Lubrani|
|Top in Thailand||Cambridge IGCSE||Foreign language Italian||Filippo Gramaglia|
|Top in Thailand||Cambridge IGCSE||Foreign Language Spanish||Eve Marie Whittaker|
2017 Secondary Students Achieving Cambridge Learner Awards
|Top in Thailand||Cambridge IGCSE||First Language Russian||Natalia Kotova|
|Top in Thailand||Cambridge IGCSE||Foreign Language French||Paola Stoffel|
|Top in Thailand||Cambridge IGCSE||Business Studies||Hyerin Cho|
|Top in Thailand||Cambridge IGCSE||Physical Education||Bomnuri Kim|
2014 Secondary Students Achieving Cambridge Learner Awards
|Top in Thailand||Cambridge IGCSE||First Language Russian||Elizaveta Kostikova|
|Top in Thailand||Cambridge IGCSE||Foreign Language Dutch||Chama Ezendam|
|Top in Thailand||Cambridge IGCSE||Foreign Language German||Myriam Moeller|