The Sunday Times recently announced the winners of its coveted School of the Year awards. King Edward’s School took the top spot in the International Baccalaureate (IB) category for its outstanding performance in the IB Diploma this year, which places the school 26th overall in The Sunday Times league table of independent schools and best of any school offering 100% IB to its sixth form.
King Edward’s School moved to the IB Diploma in 2010, replacing A-levels completely. The 2015 IB Diploma results broke school records and produced three top marks of 45 – a score achieved by only 160 worldwide out of almost 142,000 – an average score of 39.4, and over half of the 104 boys scored 40 points or above: the equivalent to 4 A* at A-level.
John Claughton, Chief Master of King Edward’s School, said: “This is a very proud and significant moment for the school. The move to 100% IB in 2010 was a gigantic step, taken to offer the boys a truly challenging education. This award and the success in the league tables are proof of our success in making that move. We are not only the best 100% IB school in this country but one of the best in the world.
“King Edward’s School is the most socially and ethnically diverse independent school in this country and we believe that the IB Diploma is the right education for the boys to prepare them for the global challenges that lie ahead of them. After all, the IB’s mission is to make the world more peaceful.
“Such success only comes when all members of the school community, pupils, staff, parents, governors and alumni come together to make it happen.”
King Edward’s also picked up an award for its maintained school partnership at the TES Independent Schools Awards.