TERM 1 REVIEW 2019-20


26 CIE Outstanding Learner Awards add to the recent haul of 48 Edexcel Outstanding Learner Awards, which together include 6 Top in the World and 54 Top in Thailand Prizes

Shrewsbury International School Bangkok Riverside is thrilled to announce the incredible achievements of last year’s GCSE, AS and A-Level students who have earned 26 awards in the Cambridge International Examination (CIE)  Board’s annual Outstanding Learner Awards list. The Awards are presented to students who have achieved the top individual results in their CIE public examinations, which this year include, 4 Top in the World awards, Best Across 8 IGCSEs award, 10 Top in the Country awards and 11 High Achievement awards.

The recent introduction of an equivalent awards system by the Pearson Edexcel examination board, which now accounts for around half the subjects offered to Shrewsbury students at A Level, and one third of subjects offered at GCSE, has already added to Shrewsbury’s unparalleled track record of academic success, with the school collecting 48 of the accolades presented to 73 students at the inaugural Pearson Edexcel Outstanding Learner Awards ceremony just a few weeks ago. 

In the school’s 15 year history, Shrewsbury students have won a total of 258 CIE awards, more than any other school in Thailand, including 39 Top in the World awards and 133 Top in Thailand awards.


This year’s CIE awards feature four Top in the World Awards for Shrewsbury students. New joiner Nida (Viv) Mahatharadol earns Top in the World for First Language Thai, an exam she took at her former school, Amnuay Silpa Bilingual School. Pichaya (Ton Palm) Limprayoon earns his world-leading accolade in Mathematics, an exam he took a year early as a year 10 student, whilst Natcha (Kaimook) Pakdeekitcharoen (now at Rhode Island School of Design), and current Year 12 student Bhumikorn (Bhu) Kongtaveelert, win their Top in the World accolades in Art and Design at A level and iGCSE respectively. Reflecting the school’s culture of creativity, Shrewsbury students have now won an incredible 18 Top in the World and 7 Top in Thailand awards for Art & Design since 2004. All rounder Bhu, who scored 12A*s in total, also picked up the prize for the Best individual scores across 8 iGCSE subjects.

The entire haul of 2019 CIE awards was earned in no less than 15 different subjects, demonstrating both the range of courses and the calibre of teaching across all departments in the school, which, in combination with the school’s award winning higher education support, helps Shrewsbury graduates to access the very best universities in the world, year on year.

Indeed, when the CIE awards ceremony takes place in November, the school may well have to collect several prizes on behalf of its award-winning Class of 2019 graduates who have already embarked on their university careers at top institutions including Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, London School of Economics and Political Sciences, Warwick University, King’s College London, University of Cambridge and Rhode Island School of Design.

On his awards Bhu said “it was such a surprise to me to get these awards and to do so well in my exams but I have to thank all my friends who supported me through the revision process and helped me achieve such a great set of results. I’m really proud and it’s great motivation for me now as I start my A-Levels".

For Mr. Zikic, Ton Palm’s Top in the World accolade represents the icing on the cake for the 2019 exam season where 67% of GCSE mathematics exams received an A*; a record breaking result for the Department. “We are delighted to see Ton Palm’s dedication and hard work being recognised by CIE, it is a fantastic achievement! He is a brilliant mathematician and should be extremely proud of his accomplishment. Over the years, the Maths Department has seen how hard he has worked and his rigorous approach to the subject, and it has been wonderful to see him grow and flourish into a top mathematician. Well done Ton Palm!”

Adding his personal congratulations to the award winners, but also reflecting on the achievements of the entire examination cohort, Shrewsbury Riverside Principal, Chris Seal comments, “External verification and awards reinforce and celebrate the quite extraordinary skills and dedication of our students and staff. I am delighted for all students receiving awards this year, but in particular to those who have achieved way beyond their own expectations. This degree of progress can only be achieved in a high quality learning environment where students are both challenged and supported by expert staff. Leading examination results and external awards rightly engender a sense of significant pride and satisfaction,but they are not the reason why we educate. They are just part of a wide range of positive outcomes that we nurture in this environment and which help our students to become resilient, creative and forward-thinking young people, who thrive at world-leading universities and the professional world beyond ”


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