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Did you know that between 2008 – 2020, 50% of our leavers entered the 100 best European Universities (Times Higher Education.com).
This past year’s graduates went on to study at leading institutions such as Bocconi University (Italy), Católica University (Portugal), Durham University (UK), and the Swiss Business School of Zurich. 99% of leavers entered university.
Have a look at our map to see where our international section alumni are studying!

Our new House logos are finally ready! Don’t they look snazzy? When our students from both the national and international sections come back in September for the new school year, they will be allocated to one of these four new School Houses: Eagle, Lynx, Wolf and Chameleon, chosen via a competition launched among our pupils last school year. More than 200 entries were submitted to find the names for the new houses, as well as their mascots, logos and mottos, under the theme ‘Native Animals of Portugal’. These replace the original houses that were named after historical Portuguese personalities. The House System aims to promote healthy inter-house competition and group loyalty. We can’t wait to see which will be our first winning House, at the end of the 2021/22 school year. Each House will also choose a local charity to support, to be announced soon.

Nobel Algarve is so proud of its graduating Year 13 students who showed dedication and determination to achieve impressive A-Level results and this is perhaps even more remarkable this year, as unlike the UK, most students in international settings sat external examinations as usual.

The school is delighted to announce that 16% of its international section Year 13s attained A*s in their A-Level results, with a further 38% going on to achieve A to A*.

More than half – an impressive 52% – of Year 13s attained A* to B grades and 75% A* to C.

Overall, Nobel Algarve had a 96% A Level pass rate, which is exceptional. Our students continue to achieve strong results in Maths and this year also did notably well in French and History.

As a result of their A-Level success, many of our leavers are now heading to top European universities, such as Durham University and Portugal’s Catolica.

Among them are some of this year’s outstanding achievers, including Nobel Algarve Head Boy, Noah Sá Fernandes, who attained A* in Business and Mathematics and an A in Geography. He is on his way to study International Economics and Finance at the renowned Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, one of Europe’s best business schools.

Noah has been at Nobel Algarve since Year 9. During his time here he created an extra-curricular finance club where he taught younger students the ins-and-outs of stock markets and shares. During the lockdowns, when schools went online, Noah also conducted online presentations to younger students about applying to top universities through his own experience.

Noah’s proud parents said his exceptional achievements are a result of his hard work as well as Nobel Algarve’s “excellent preparation of students”.

“We are very proud of Noah”, they said, acknowledging his hard work as well as “the school’s excellent work in guiding the young women and men to study and prepare for years to come ahead”.

They said a “special thank you to all the teachers, who did a great job in teaching the students” and gave “A special mention and thank you as well to Mr. Green and Mr. Harris, who certainly left their mark on Noah’s school life and education”.

Adrien Nagel, Winner of the Globeducate Student Roll of Honour, achieved four A*s in Further Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.

Deputy Head Boy, Adrien, has also been at Nobel Algarve since Year 9 and was ever popular among his peers due to his friendly and approachable manner.

His four A* are a brilliant achievement and he is currently taking time to study his options for university next year.

Manuela Marcondes also achieved fantastic results with an A* in History and English Literature and an A in Portuguese. Described as a determined and dedicated student, she is now heading to Leeds University to study politics.

David Green, Head of Secondary commented on their achievements, saying: “I am delighted with the number of students who have managed to gain places at their desired first choice universities.

Their hard work and determination have paid off in these trying times. A big congratulations to all! We are very proud of you here at Nobel Algarve”.

The resilience with which both students and staff have faced the challenges thrown up over the past school year, coupled with a safe, secure and happy school environment, has proven to be a winning formula.

IGCSE results were similarly strong, with 15% achieving A*, 38% A* to A, 58% A* to B, and 80% A* to C.  The top-performing subjects were Physics (44% A*), French (33% A*) and English Literature and Chemistry (27% A*).

These were external exams as unlike in schools in the UK, students were obliged to sit exams as normal, often in the most challenging of circumstances.

Special mentions go to Year 11 iGCSE students Michael de Sousa for achieving nine Grade A* in his exams; to Sophia Klonis, for seven Grade A*s, and to Ingo Fenyo Gallego, for four Grade A*s and three Grade As and Rafael Silva who achieved four A*s and four Grade As as well as an A-Level A grade in Portuguese.

This is particularly remarkable given that on more than one occasion students had to make the snap transition from in-school to online learning, which also pays testament to the efforts and quality of the teaching and procedures in place.

Head of School Abigail Lewis added: “I am so proud of our young people and their achievements.

With a mix of external examinations sat this summer and rigorously secured Teacher Assessed Grades, the results our students have achieved at Nobel Algarve is exceptional with 16% of all A Level grades awarded the highest grade of A* and 50% of our AS results at the highest grade, A. This enables our Year 13 students to progress to study at prestigious universities across Europe including London, Durham, Lisbon, Maastricht, Amsterdam and Geneva.

Their success is a testament to our students, their parents and our dedicated staff and I wish our Year 13 students every success in the future as they leave Nobel Algarve ready to Shape the World.”

We can’t wait for next year, for the continued success of our new Year 13s, and to see how well our year’s leavers do in the next chapter of their lives.

We’re sure they’ll do brilliantly, and we wish them all the very best.

The time has finally arrived to announce Nobel Algarve’s new Houses! We’re about to start a brand new chapter: after several years with our original Houses at the Lagoa campus, we’re excited to announce the winners of a landmark competition to find four brand new Houses, which will be used across both campuses and sections as of the next school year, starting September.

Over 200 entries were submitted in the competition to find and design the new houses and their names, mascots and mottos. Sixteen were shortlisted, and, after voting week was held last week, we can now proudly announce the four new Houses.

Our original houses were named after notable Portuguese personalities; poet Luís de Camões, explorer Vasco da Gama, royal dynasty House of Braganza, and acclaimed neurologist Egas Moniz.

This time the theme is ‘Animals Native to Portugal’, and the winners – picked from inspired entries as diverse as seahorses, octopus, salamanders and roosters – are: Chameleon, Eagle, Lynx and Wolf.

Congratulations to Maria Ikonnikova – Year 2 Almancil, who came up with the ‘confident and adaptable’ Chameleon; to Damiano Di Miceli– Year 5 Lagoa, for his ‘proud and determined’ Eagle entry; Deia Parker – 7ºB (National) for her ‘courageous and curious’ Lynx, and to Edward Tonge – Year 3 Almancil, for his ‘brave and collaborative’ Wolf idea.

All of next year’s students will be sorted into one of these four houses, marking a new phase in the school’s history. The house system aims to foster collaboration and teamwork among students, as well as encouraging healthy competition and personal relationships.

Congratulations to the authors of the winning houses and to everyone who entered the competition. Hence we give cool new colours to a traditional legacy.

Well done to our 12º Ano students who led Nobel Algarve to victory in the 6th annual Municipal Youth Assembly, organised by Lagoa Council. With the support of economy teacher Lúcia Fonte and philosophy teacher Pedro Carvalho, Nobel Algarve’s team gave an exemplary winning intervention, conducted by student Henrique Nunes.

The assembly took place on June 9, at 2:30 pm, at Lagoa’s Cultural Centre Auditorium – São José Convent, in Lagoa. The initiative is promoted by the Municipal Assembly of Lagoa, in conjunction with the Council, within the scope of the 25 of April Celebrations. This year’s theme was ‘Lagoa – A Sustainable City’.

Three municipal school groups were involved, and the projects/proposals presented by the schools were outstanding. However, the overall winner with the most-voted project/proposal was “Lagoa for All”, by Nobel Algarve’s team, with 15 votes in favor. The next phase will be the implementation of the winning proposal, by Lagoa Council, with its execution being monitored by the proponents.

In a statement, Lagoa Council said: “We are immensely proud of our young people and their exercise of active citizenship, which guarantees the strengthening and deepening of our local democracy”.

Francisco Claro, head of Nobel Algarve’s National Section, said the initiative is of “great importance for youths”, and their participation in such events “is significant not only for their academic paths, but, mainly, for the evolution of their skills and social responsibilities”.

“The active and positive participation of the youngsters in these types of events fosters a more assertive awareness of the world in which we live, which means, in future, they will be actively and prominently involved in the construction of a fairer, more charitable and sustainable society”.

Teachers Pedro Carvalho and Lúcia Fonte thanked all the students involved and Lagoa Council for the invitation.

“We hope that future editions see an increasingly active, creative and conscious participation by all our students”, they commented.

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