Academic Excellence

Academic Excellence

Garden International School’s Academic Results Place Us Among the Best British International Schools in the World

At Garden International School, our students consistently achieve some of the best academic results in the world. The academic results of 2016 have yet again exceeded expectations and continue to place us as one of the top schools offering IGCSE and A-Level examinations.


GIS Student Achieved
A*/A grade at A Level

GIS Students Attend TOP 10 Universities

GIS Students Attend TOP 25 Universities

GIS Students Attend TOP 100 Universities


57 Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards for AS and A-Level in the past 5 academic years.


107 Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards for IGCSE in the past 5 academic years

In general all students increase their academic achievement as they pass through school – we call this progress. The amount of progress over a given period of time will naturally differ between individuals. As well as natural variation, achievement owes a lot to the environment in which students find themselves. The quality of teaching and resources available, for example, may have a significant effect on the progress of individual students. The value we place in professional learning at GIS is testament to how important we consider the quality of teaching to be in affecting a child’s progress.

So, if we considered a fixed period of time we could talk of the amount of improvement a school has added to the student. Some schools clearly increase the achievement of its students more than others, putting students at an advantage. This advantage has come to be called Value-Added. Many schools will not report their Value-Added score because high grades do not necessarily paint the full picture in terms of a child meeting their potential.

So how do we calculate Value-Added?

At Year 7, 10 and 12, our students sit a standardised assessment which calculates (accurately) a child’s predicted grade at the end of each Key Stage. We compare this prediction with their actual examination grade and the difference between the two is either positive, neutral or negative.

We are incredibly proud to say that the Value-Added for our 2016/17 GIS Graduates was a historical best +0.42, meaning that in addition to a student’s aptitude for learning, the teaching and learning at GIS, on average, has added almost a half of a grade to all students that might not have occurred if they had not attended GIS. As the table below shows, our Value Added result puts us ahead of all but one of the highest attaining independent schools in the UK – a superb achievement.

Value Added Comparison to the Top 10 Highest Attaining Independent Schools in the UK

School A-Level Value Added
St Paul’s Girls’ School 0.23
Westminster School 0.06
Magdalen College School 0.31
Wycombe Abbey School 0.11
St Paul’s School 0.24
North London Collegiate School -0.09
Concord College 0.15
James Allen’s Girls’ School 0.13
Eton College 0.17
Queen Ethelburga’s College 0.57



Academic Results 2016 – 2017

GIS is very proud of the remarkable work achieved by the GIS 2017 A-Level and IGCSE students. GIS students are top of the world once again, with 66% of our A-Level students achievingA*/A compared to just 49.7% from the Independent Schools Council (ISC)* and 26.3% from UK Schools.

GIS has achieved more top grades at both IGCSE and A-Level than any other school in Southeast Asia.

Here are some highlights, we would like to share with you:


  • 40% of GIS students met entry requirements to the top 5 universities in the world
  • Best A* % results in the region for A Level
  • 40% of A Level students achieved at least 3 A*/A grades
  • Nearly a third of the IGCSE cohort achieved at least 10 A*/A grades
  • Almost 4/10 IGCSE students achieved straight A*/A

A-Level Result 2017

  • GIS
  • ISC*
  • All UK#

Cumulative Percentage of top A-Level Results

A* A
GIS 34% 62%
ISC* 18.3% 47.9%
All UK# 8.3% 26.3%

*Source: Independent Schools Council(ISC); #The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ)
The Independent School Councils (ISC) represents 85% of Independent Schools in the UK including Eton, Wycombe Abbey, Wellington College and Cheltenham Ladies’ College –

A LEVEL RESULT SUMMARY 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
A*/A Grades (%) 63 56 61 57 51 58 66 62
A* to B (%) 84 81 84 82 77 81 81 85
A* to C (%) 94 94 96 91 94 93 90 96
IGCSE RESULTS SUMMARY 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
A* and A grades (%) 64 70 69 69 76 73 73 69
A* to B (%) 86 88 86 88 90 90 88 87
A* to C (%) 96 97 96 96 97 97 97 96

From left: Pearson KL representatives, Crystal Lee, Emir Imran, Wong Lee Ping, guest of honour Simon Young,
Choi Kwang Ho and Siva from Pearson.

Garden International School (GIS) has once again proved it is a world leader with its latest accolade of the Centre of Excellence Award, given by Pearson Education. Three students from Garden International School Kuala Lumpur (GISKL) were awarded Pearson Edexcel Outstanding Learner Awards, selected from all Edexcel students in Malaysia. The award is in recognition of their outstanding performance and proven track record in certain A-level subjects.


Emir Imran Izaddeen obtained the highest international mark for A-level Mathematics. Crystal Lee Li-jing was awarded the highest mark in Malaysia for A-level French. Choi Eun Seo acquired the highest mark in Malaysia for GCE AS-level Further Mathematics and GCE AS-level Mathematics.


“I am delighted for Emir, Crystal and Choi and proud of their achievements. Their success is down to their hard work and dedication, but also the high quality support they receive from their teachers,” said GIS principal Mark Ford.


“This is why we are one of the top international schools in the world”, he added.


The award ceremony was held on 27 August 2016 at Le Meridien Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

The Secondary School at Garden International School (GIS) follows the British Curriculum leading to the award of the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) in Year 11.

Our Sixth Form offers a wide range of AS- and A-Level subjects, giving students the vital qualifications for entry to universities worldwide.

The school has an excellent record of academic success and students from GIS go on to attend some of the major universities in the world.

IGCSEs currently on offer are: Accounting, Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design & Technology, Double Science, Drama, Economics, English Language, English Literature, French, Geography, History, ICT, Malay, Mandarin, Mathematics, Music, PE, Physics, Sociology and Spanish.

GIS offers students the study of AS- and A-Levels in: Art, Art & Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design & Technology, Drama, Economics, English Literature, French, Further Mathematics, Geography, History, Mandarin, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Psychology, Sociology and Spanish.

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