A snapshot of IB results
While the summer holidays can be an anxious time for those awaiting their A Level results in August, International Baccalaureate Diploma students already know their fate, having received their results on Saturday 6th July. A good number of the British boarding schools we recommend offer the IB and a couple have shared those results with us.
CATS College Canterbury’s IB students achieved a 100% pass rate, with the average score of 34.5 points well above the worldwide average of 30 points out of a possible 45. Its top performing student was Veronica from Italy, whose score of 43 places her in the top 1% of students in the world! She plans to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at King’s College London.
The IB programme encourages personal as well as academic enrichment, and studying for the diploma at an international school adds the development of a second language and learning to engage with people from around the world.
Congratulating her students, Principal Sarah Lockyer said, “Well done to all our IB Diploma students, who have achieved outstanding results this year. In addition to their academic achievements, our pupils have fostered cultural awareness by learning in an international environment and are now ready for the next stage of their academic careers.”
The more traditional English boarding school King Edward’s Witley celebrates 15 years of running the IB in September and, ahead of that, it too is celebrating a 100% diploma pass rate, with the same impressive average score of 34.5 points. 56% of individual subject grades were 7 or 6, equivalent to A level A* and A. When it is considered that candidates study six subjects rather than three or four, this is an outstanding achievement. Appropriately enough, here it was Head Girl Gabriella who was top scorer, with 42 points gaining her a place at UCL to read Law.
Commenting on the results, Headmaster John Attwater said, “I am delighted for our students that these results reflect their hard work and dedication, and that of our teachers. We should not underestimate the organisation and commitment of these young men and women in studying six subjects to a high level alongside the other aspects of the Diploma: the Extended Essay, which is such good preparation for University, and the Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) pursuits, which help develop the attributes that employers, universities and society are looking for in the next generations of leaders. Especially in these turbulent times, the IB’s reputation as a global-facing gold standard in world education has never been more important in demonstrating that our pupils are among the best in, and ready to engage with, the rest of the world.”
If you and your child are interested in the IB, please contact us to find out which of our fantastic schools would suit her or him.
Image by kind permission of King Edward’s Witley