On 10 January 2017 it was announced by the Royal Geographical Society that Abingdon School student Ivan Leung has won an Award for Excellence in Geographical Learning after achieving the highest mark in the country in Edexcel’s IGCSE Geography. Abingdon School had four candidates in the top ten in the country and seven in the top 20. 

Ivan only dropped 4 marks in the three-hour long examination achieving an outstanding 176 out of a possible 180 marks. Ivan gained an impressive 11 GCSEs in total, all with A* grades. 

Speaking about his success Ivan said, “When I came out of the geography exam I thought I hadn’t done as well as I’d hoped. The questions I had wanted didn’t come up so I really wasn’t expecting this, it was a very welcome surprise!” 

Ivan Leung Abingdon School

Ivan Leung Abingdon School

The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) is the UK’s professional body for Geography. Each year it recognises high achievers in A Level and GCSE examinations with ‘Awards for Excellence in Geographical Learning’.  

The winning students each receive a cash award and certificate from the Society.