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Celebrating IB success

Schools see record results for the International Baccalaureate diploma

Posted by Stephanie Broad | July 06, 2015 | International

Today, 4,997 students in the UK received their International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma results, providing a gateway into the country’s top universities. Studied as an alternative to A levels, the Diploma programme consists of six subjects and students score points up to a maximum of 45. A score of 35 is equivalent to AAB at A level. The IB was first introduced in a British school in 1971. 

Brentwood School student Nicole McKechnie scored 42 points, placing her in the top 1% of students according to the IB website and secures her place to read History at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University.

The school’s average point score was 35, which is equivalent to an AAB at A Level, and maintains the School’s impressive six-year average point score of 35 points.

Headmaster, Ian Davies, said: “I am very pleased with the IB Diploma results this year and the students can be justifiably proud of their hard work and all-round commitment. The IB Diploma is a perfect fit to the Brentwood education philosophy which believes in nurturing well-rounded and intellectually adept individuals. Our IB Diploma students do exceptionally well at university and have excellent job prospects.”

At Scarborough College, over 85% of the students gained the full Diploma, including those who achieved the bilingual Diploma. 

Student Christopher North achieved 43 points, going on to study Economics at Warwick. The Headmistress of the College, Isobel Nixon said: “The IB is studied all over the world and provides students with a truly global education.  This is why Scarborough College is home to over 15 nationalities.  They are drawn by the international mix in the sixth form and the value of the IB as a qualification.  We are extremely proud of all our students and wish them well as they go on to their selected courses.”

Scarborough College students relieved on results day

Pupils at King Edward’s Witley are also celebrating success.

For the second year running, 75% of subjects taken in the exam were graded at the equivalent to A-level A*-B grades. Carolin Hunkemoeller scored a world-class 43 points (out of 45) – the average score for IB students is 30 points out of 45.  Five candidates scored in the 40s and overall pupils achieved an average score of 33.4, the school’s best result since 2009.

A number of this year’s leavers are choosing to pursue their higher education abroad, travelling as far afield as Canada, the USA and Switzerland. 

Commenting on the School’s IB results, the Headmaster, John Attwater said: “It is great once again to see so much hard effort pay off for this year’s leavers.  They were a super year group who contributed a great deal to school life in all sorts of ways, which the IB and their chosen universities have recognized.  I am delighted we can share in their success now on their way to some very bright futures indeed.”

Carolin Hunkemoeller with her father

Red Maids’ IB students celebrated this year with an average point score per person of 37.6 and four individual performances that produced 42 points or more.

Fatima Yaqub, who studied Biology, Chemistry and Spanish at Higher Level, earned a total of 43 points and is going to study medicine at Imperial College London - where she has won the much sought-after President's Undergraduate Scholarship.

Tasa Uney, also 18, from Henleaze, is another would-be doctor going to study medicine at Exeter. Tasa, who was the school’s Head Girl, said: “I’ll be sad to leave Red Maids’ but I’m relieved to get the results I needed and excited about what comes next.”

Red Maids’ is the only school in Bristol that offers a choice of studying A Levels or the IB Diploma in the sixth form.

Isabel Tobias, Headmistress at Red Maids’, said: “The provision of the IB Diploma at Red Maids’ reflects our strong international focus which is supported by global links and fosters our very distinctive outward-looking culture.”

At King Edward’s School, the average score has risen to 39 points from last year’s 36.8.

The maximum score of 45 points was gained by three boys: Oliver Bealby-Wright, Aleksandar Duvnjak and Harrison Shaylor. This score was achieved by only 160 students worldwide, out of almost 142,000 that took the IB Diploma in 2015.

A further six scored 44 points and 43% of the cohort attained scores of 40 points or above. 

John Claughton, Chief Master of King Edward’s School, said: “These are truly exceptional results, better than anything we might have hoped for. These results are a giant leap forward and will place us amongst the very best IB schools not only in this country, but also in the world.

“For the individual boys, it means that the vast majority of them have got their offers at the best universities and it was a pleasure to see so much delight on Sunday evening when the results were announced.

“The move to the IB Diploma in September 2010 was, in itself, a major step and, five years on, we feel that these results show that it was the right decision. These boys are getting a real, broad, intellectual education and coming out with world-class results.“

In September 2010, King Edward’s replaced A levels with the IB Diploma for its sixth form provision. 

A level students will now await their results in mid-August. For more details about the International Baccalaureate Diploma, visit: www.ibo.org 

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