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Dr John Newton & Martin Bluemel (3rd & 4th from left) with successful IB students

Taunton enjoys baccalaureate success

Taunton School has been named one of the top IB schools in the UK by international consultancy Education Advisers Limited

Posted by Dave Higgitt | November 14, 2014 | Teaching

Education Advisers Limited has produced a league table from the average points compiled by sixth-form students taking the international baccalaureate diploma programme in 2014. And Taunton School has received a crystal award and certificate for being placed in the top 40 schools with more than 20 IB students.

Headmaster Dr John Newton said: “We are one of the few schools in the country who have sustained a high quality of allegiance and delivery of the IB. I am very proud of that. With change in the air, the IB will come far more into favour and I am pleased that Taunton School is well placed to support these pupils and parents who aspire to do this wonderful programme.”

The school’s IB Co-ordinator Martin Bluemel said: “The two-year IB course is a holistic programme with a particular emphasis on independent learning and a questioning approach to knowledge. The IB diploma is popular with students who recognise the benefits of taking a broad range of subjects in the sixth form. While the IB diploma is ideal for the most able students, the courses are accessible to all students who are well motivated and willing to work hard and gain good study skills.”

The school is holding an information evening on Thursday 13 November for those wishing to learn more about studying for the international baccalaureate at Taunton. Places can be reserved, free of charge, by emailing

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