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The British School of Houston is proud to announce that from September 2014, we will be adding A Levels to our suite of post-16 qualifications that already includes the IB Diploma and the IB Career Related Certificate. This will ensure that BSH students have the widest possible range of high quality post-16 qualifications available to international students worldwide.

The school already has an outstanding academic reputation with regard to its delivery of the IB Diploma with BSH students achieving a 100% pass rate and an average score of 35 IB points over the past 3 years, compared to a world average of just over 29 IB points, a score that places BSH amongst the top IB schools worldwide. In September 2012, the British School of Houston also launched the prestigious IBCC, which allows students to study a combination of IB subjects with BTEC Level 3 qualifications. This has been an outstanding success.

From September 2014, BSH will offer two post-16 pathways to cater fully for the diverse needs of its students who leave to attend universities all over the world. Students will be able to opt to study 3 or 4 A Levels around a core programme or will select to embark on one of our two IB programmes. The A Level programme will be delivered by both current and new BSH teachers, all of whom are UK trained and qualified, and who have extensive experience of delivering A Level programmes in top schools in the UK.

Such an offer is now appropriate given the growth in applications for post-16 study that the school has received. By 2014, it is projected that the number of Year 12 students on roll will exceed more than double the current numbers. Access onto the A Level programme will be similar to that required for entry onto the IB Diploma. Places will be limited and priority will be given to students who complete their GCSE programme at the British School of Houston.

The school will spend the next academic year planning for the introduction of A Levels under the leadership of Amanda Foxwell, Deputy Head: Secondary and Director of Post-16 Education. Mrs Foxwell made a presentation about our proposal to offer A Levels to complement our existing post-16 qualifications to the WCL Group in March of this year and the decision to offer A Levels was ratified by the WCL Board earlier this week.

For further details about this exciting new programme, contact Amanda Foxwell on a.foxwell@wclschools.org, and for information about securing a place at the British School of Houston, contact Tami Riggs on bshadmissions@wclschools.org.

Stephen Foxwell

Headteacher, British School of Houston