Academic Results

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.

2014 Secondary Students Achieving Cambridge Awards from IGCSE Examinations

In December 2014, three of our students out of a total cohort of just 15, were recognised by Cambridge in the Outstanding Learner Awards ceremony as being ‘High Achievers’

  • Elizaveta Kostikova – First Language Russian
  • Chama Ezendam – Foreign Language Dutch
  • Myriam Moeller - Foreign Language German

2017 Secondary Students Achieving Cambridge Awards from IGCSE Examinations

  • Natalia Kotova - First language Russian - High Achievement Award
  • Paola Stoffel - Foreign Language French - Top in Thailand
  • Hyerin Cho - Business Studies - Top in Thailand
  • Bomnuri Kim - Physical Education - Top in Thailand

Pictured below: Students receiving their certificates in Bangkok November, 2017.

IGCSE Results Since 2014

Headline Statistics UK Schools 2015 HeadStart 2014 HeadStart 2015 HeadStart 2016 HeadStart 2017
All entries graded A* to C 69% 85% 73% 81% 88%
A*/A grades 21% 22% 20% 11% 39%
Students achieving 5 A* to C grades 64% 86% 82% 73% 88%

World Scholars Cup 2016

In November 2016, nine HeadStart students qualified for the prestigious World Scholar’s Cup Tournament of Champions at Yale University, USA. 3,500 students from around the world competed, with around 1,000 of the highest academic achievers. The students acquitted themselves admirably, with every single HeadStart student being awarded with a medal for different competition disciplines, demonstrating what a wide range of talent our HeadStart students have. This places our students in the top 5% of all the participants from around the world.

World Scholars Cup 2017

In March 2017 fifteen HeadStart Students travelled to Bangkok to participate in the Regional Round of The World Scholar’s Cup.

The competition has an over-arching theme every year. This year the students have been working with content related to ‘An Unlikey World’. They have studied Art, Literature, Science, History, Social Studies and the Special Area of Modern Mythologies.

The knowledge and understanding that the students gain is then tested during the competition by their ability to debate write analytical essays, complete a multiple choice exam and work as a team under pressure in the Scholar’s Bowl.

With over 320 students taking part of the round, our fifteen students performed exceptionally and all teams qualified for the Global Round taking place in Hanoi, Vietnam at the end of June 2017.

Scholar’s Bowl

Gold Medals Yoon-kyung Lee, Amelie Mason, Franklin Plakhov (7th Place Junior Division)

Silver Medalists Lucy Mester, Elizaveta Stashevskaia, Marc Baeuerle (12th Place Junior Division); Thanadon Tantivit, Enzo Couture, Eve Whittaker (11th Place Senior Division); Bomnuri Kim, Hyerin Cho, Sean Byrne (23rd Place Senior Division)


Individual Gold medalists Elizaveta Stashevskaia (7th Place Junior Division); Anna Hull (8th Place Junior Division)

Individual Silver medalists Marc Baeuerle, Lucy Mester, Yoon-kyung Lee, Anya Belova, Nicholas Gold, Thanadon Tantivit, Bomnuri Kim, Sean Byrne, Hyerin Cho, Eve Whittaker

Gold medal for Top Junior Team Marc Baeuerle, Lucy Mester and Elizaveta Stashevskaia

Silver Medal for Top Senior Debate Team Bomnuri Lisa Kim, Hyerin Cho, Sean Byrne


Individual Gold Medalists Elizaveta Stashevskaia (11th Place Junior Division); Lucy Mester (18th Place Junior Division),

Individual Silver medalists Anya Belova, Amelie Mason, Marc Baeuerle, Anna Mali Hull, Sean Byrne, Hyerin Cho, Thanadon Tantivit, Enzo Couture, Eve Whittaker, Bomnuri Kim

Gold medal for Top Junior Collaborative Writing Team (ranked 5th) Lucy Mester, Elizaveta Stashevskaia, Marc Baeuerle

Silver medal for Top Senior Collaborative Writing Team (ranked 12th) Bomnuri Kim, Hyerin Cho, Sean Byrne

Gold medal for Top Collaborative Writing Team (ranked 10th) Thanadon Albert Tantivit, Enzo Couture, Eve Whittaker

Scholar’s Challenge

Gold Medal for Top Junior Challenge Team Lucy Mester, Elizaveta Stashevskaia, Marc Baeuerle (4th Place)

Silver Medal for Top Senior Challenge Team Bomnuri Kim, Hyerin Cho, Sean Byrne (14th Place); Thanadon Tantivit, Enzo Couture, Eve Whittaker (12th Place)

Students also scored many individual gold and silver medals in the different areas for the challenge!

Top Overall Scholars – Champion Scholar’s

Gold Elizaveta Stashevskaia

Silver Anna Mali Hull, Marc Baeuerle ,Lucy Mester , Yoon-Kyung Lee , Sean Byrne, Bomnuri Kim, Eve Whittaker, Thanadon Tantivit

Senior’s Division of World Scholars Cup–New York 2017

By Ms Hayley Milner

As 2018 begins, HeadStart enters its third year of participation in the World Scholar’s Cup. This is an amazing opportunity for students to meet like minded students within Thailand and all over the world. As we begin our preparations in debating, thinking outside the box and studying the syllabus of new topics on 2018’s new theme ‘An Entangled World’ - we would like to reflect on the achievements of last years scholars who will now become mentors for our new scholars.

At the end of last term, HeadStart took six dedicated and talented students across the world to New York City to compete as two separate teams in the senior division of the prestigious World Scholar’s Cup. Across the three Global Rounds held this year, 6,000 students from around the world participated (from over 50 countries), from which 2,000 students attended the Tournament of Champions.We had high hopes for our teams after dominating the regional and global rounds, as one junior team achieved top in Thailand in the Global Round, progressing to the Tournament of Champions alongside our senior team.

Our New York trip allowed students to experience the buzz, culture and excitement of the Big Apple with a visit to MOMA, American Museum of Natural History, The Statue of Liberty, viewing ‘The Lion King’ on Broadway, strolling through Central Park and paying our respects at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

After four nights in New York, it was time to participate in the Tournament of Champions, which took place at Yale University in New Haven USA from November 9-14th, in the heart of the lovely but very chilly New England autumn. The long hours of study, group work, debate preparation and year round dedication paid off as HeadStart excelled in the competition with the Opening Ceremony, Key Note Speakers, the Scholars Scavenge and the four main competitive events.Once the Senior Division competition events were completed, we were also able to take a day trip to Boston where we followed the Freedom Trail and learned about some of the significant historical events and figures during the Battle for Independence in Boston. Then it was on to two more Ivy League institutions for student tours. Our tours of MIT and Harvard allowed our students further insight into what life is like studying at some of the best Universities in the world.

Out of over 200 senior teams, the team of Hyerin Cho, Sean Byrne, Bomnuri Kim netted seventh place in debating overall and out of over 1250 individual scholars Marc Baeuerle, was awarded 5th place in the science challenge and a special mention to Hyerin Cho who came 39th out of the entire solo competition and her team with Sean Byrne and Bomnuri Kim placed 25th in the whole team competition. All our scholar’s worked incredibly hard, winning forty medals. Some other memorable mention of the competition included:

Elizaveta Stashevskaia: top 5% for individual debating, top 2% for Scholar’s Challenge – Special Area, top 16% as a Champion Scholar across all events.

Marc Baeuerle: top 1% for Scholar’s Challenge – Science.

Hyerin Cho: top 2% for Scholar’s Challenge – Special Area, top 3% - Writing Champion, top 6% for individual debating, top 3% as a Champion Scholar across all events

Enzo Couture: Top 16% Scholar’s Challenge – Literature

Sean Byrne: top 13% for individual debating, top 7% - Writing Champion

Bomnuri Kim: top 6% for individual debating,

Enzo Couture, Elizaveta Stashevskaia, Marc Baeuerle: top 9% as a team for Collaborative Challenge, top 20% Champion team Hyerin Cho, Sean Byrne, Bomnuri Kim - top 9% as a team for Collaborative Writing, Top 10% Champion Team.

Congratulations to the time and efforts of these past scholars as they now prepare for the next stages in their lives including IGCSE’s, A levels and for some, university. We now look forward to embarking on a new journey with our junior scholars of 2018.

World Scholars Cup Regional Round

By Ms Hayley Milner and Mr Peter Mason

Congratulations to all three teams that attended the regional round of The World Scholar’s Cup at Brighton College Bangkok last weekend. All three teams qualified for one of the three global rounds in Kuala Lumpur, Barcelona, and Melbourne. Our teams achieved amazing results receiving a trophy for 3rd place in Collaborative Writing. Other results included placing in the top ten for debating, history, art and literature. Overall our teams placed 12th and 13th in the entire regional round with our third team placing in the top 25.

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