Academic Assessment

BSA pupils sit official external exams at the end of each educational stage. These exams are the most prestigious in Europe, as they are compiled and corrected by Cambridge and Edexcel’s prestigious Examining Boards.

  • The majority of pupils enroll at school in Pre-Nursery. The initial levels at Foundation stage are crucial to developing a good command of speech and comprehension of the English language.
  • Pupils sit the official SATs exams at the end of Year 6 (Key Stage 2) and Year 9 (Key Stage 3). In this way the academic level of pupils in a British school in Spain can be compared to that of pupils in similar British schools located both in other areas of Spain as well as in the United Kingdom.
  • At the end of Year 11 pupils receive a General Certificate of Secondary Education issued by the British Educational System, and the title ‘Graduado en Educación Secundaria’ issued by the Spanish educational authorities.
  • The official A-Level exams to obtain the GCE (General Certificate of Education) focus on the academic preparation carried out during the last two years of Secondary Education; that is Year 12 and Year 13. Pupils enrolled in foreign educational systems acknowledged by the European Union (British System) gain direct access to universities in Great Britain and to Spanish universities, either directly or by taking the ‘Selectividad’
  • Generally schools present their pupils to sit Cambridge exams: First Certificate in English FCE (B2 level), Certificate of Advanced English CAE (C1 level) and Certificate of Proficiency in English CPE (C2 level) at the stage of Sixth Form.

Continuous monitoring

At BSA we believe that continuous monitoring and communication are two key elements of success in our educational system. Therefore, we provide parents with the following monitoring procedures:

Prent’s evening

Parent evenings are held three times per year for each group. At these meetings parents are given the opportunity to speak with each specific subject teacher about their child, who will then give them detailed information regarding the pupil’s effort, learning and attitude. In addition, parents can request as many meetings as they deem necessary throughout the rest of the academic year.

Term reports

A report is sent home each term. Pupils will be informed of their level every three months and will receive an ‘effort grade’ for each subject. On a yearly basis their report will also include a detailed comment about their attitude and progress.

Mid-term reports

These reports are sent home half-way through each term in order to highlight positive or negative aspects regarding effort and behaviour.