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OUTSTANDING INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE RESULTS


With a staggeringly high average point score of 40 (and 55% of students achieving 40 points or over), which is greatly above the International Baccalaureate Diploma global average point score of 30, The Royal High Sixth Form College, the only Sixth Form in Bath to offer the IB Diploma, are once again celebrating truly exceptional results.

A third of this years cohort will be going up to Oxford and Cambridge universities, which is a 100% success rate for the girls who applied to Oxbridge. Special mention must go to a very delighted Bethan Macdonald (Modern and Medieval Languages at Robinson College, Cambridge) who achieved the maximum level of 45/45 points, which is a remarkable feat on a truly international scale. Bethan becomes one of only a handful of students in the UK to achieve perfect marks. Other successes include: Jennifer Brennan who will be studying PPE at University College, Oxford, and Eleanor Grundy who will read Biological Sciences at Magdalen College, Oxford. High praise too for Rachel Francis who will reading Medicine at Kings College, London; Isabelle Mackay, who will be reading Biomedical Science also at Kings College, London and Sarah Bannister (35 points) who will be going to The University of Birmingham to study Geography and Urban & Regional Planning.

The students have once again proved their outstanding abilities, said the Head, Rebecca Dougall, and we are enormously proud of them all. The average points score is up 4 points from last year and in individual academic subjects at Higher Level, 67% of the students taking the IB Diploma this year achieved 6s and 7s, which, if you were to measure against an A Level, would equate to A and A* respectively. IB is a different proposition to A levels, but certainly one worth exploring if you are a good all-rounder as the benefits, academically as well as personally, are exceptional as todays results illustrate.

Anna Weston, IB Co-ordinator, added, As well as looking for the highest academic standards, universities look for the competitive edge in their prospective students. The IB develops the personal passion, drive and commitment towards meeting challenges that enables students to be prepared for university and for life. The IB Diploma is an enriching, holistic approach that expands students personal opportunities and involvement on a wider stage through creativity, action and service and develops the kind of thinking on your feet that is needed beyond school walls.

Published: August 9 2012

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