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Year 9 - Year 10

We offer a fully international curriculum which meets global standards and prepares students for 21st century challenges and opportunities. 

Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. It is taken in over 140 countries and in more than 4500 schools around the world.

A Cambridge education prepares students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. Cambridge students develop the skills they need to achieve at school, university and work

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Student Teacher



A high student-teacher ratio ensures every student is seen

National Tests Results Year 9

In Norway, National Tests are conducted in Year 5 (reading, numeracy and English), Year 8 (reading, numeracy and English) and Year 9 (reading and numeracy). The tests in reading and numeracy are conducted in Norwegian, which gives our students an extra challenge. 

At Birralee, we use the results of the Norwegian National Tests, together with the results of other (international) tests and exams, as well student feedback and teacher observation, to adjust our teaching and learning strategies to suit the needs of our students. 

Results National Tests Year 9 2021-2022

Our Year 9 students did well again this year. Out of 1538 Middle Schools in Norway, Year 9 came 35th place in the National Reading Test (in Norwegian!) and 2nd place in the Numeracy. Their combined score puts them in second place overall, just behind Norges Realfagsgymnas from Bærum, a Middle School that specialises in Maths and Science.

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Newspaper article 16.11.2021

Nidaros Newspaper published an article about Birralee’s results in the Norwegian National Tests. We have translated two small sections here, as well as published a link to the full article.

For the Middle School years, one school clearly stands out. Birralee International School is at the top in Trondheim in reading and numeracy (both in Norwegian) as well as English.

“There are a lot of factors that contribute to these results. We have skilled and dedicated teachers, and parents who are involved and have a strong commitment to their child’s education and wellbeing. We have a positive learning environment in the school and we have high expectations of our students,” says Principal Elin Hitchman.


“The Norwegian Directorate of Education and Research has a requirement that the curriculum of an independent school should be equally as good or better than the Norwegian national curriculum. When we compared the learning goals in our Cambridge curriculum to that of the Norwegian curriculum, we noticed that Cambridge puts slightly higher demands on the students. The level is a little higher,” says Principal Elin Hitchman


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Cambrigde IGCSE - a guide for parents

This factsheet gives parents an overview of Cambridge IGCSE, the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. Developed over 25 years ago, it is tried, tested and trusted by schools worldwide.

Cambridge IGCSE - A guide for parents

Cambridge IGCSE - Guía para los padres (español)

Cambridge IGCSE - Guida per i genitori (italiano)

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