ACS International School

Published Monday 12th of August 2013 10:33:53 AM

Gresham�s School in Holt recently announced another impressive crop of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) results with the School averaging a score of 35 points with a 100% pass rate.

Gresham�s IBDP Co-ordinator, Mark Seldon, said: �This cohort is the most representative cross-section of Gresham's students that have ever embarked upon the IB Diploma Programme. The results demonstrate what we have always known: Gresham's students will achieve excellent IB Diploma results. We have already placed our confidence in the programme with our announcement that the IBDP will form the academic cornerstone of the Sixth Form Development that includes a new Sixth Form Centre, Sixth Form boarding and significant improvements to our facilities and provisions, which have already begun. Having had excellent results for each of the first six years of the IBDP, we have every confidence that future generations of Gresham's students will continue to flourish at the School in both academic and co-curricular activities�.

Since its introduction at Gresham�s in 2007, the IBDP has proved increasingly popular with its students who have achieved some outstanding results. Gresham�s has rapidly gained an international reputation as an IBDP centre of excellence with students progressing to some of the world�s most prestigious universities including Oxford, Yale, UCL, Imperial College, Edinburgh, Warwick, Connecticut, Berkeley and LMU Munich. This year Gresham�s enjoyed outstanding results in English, German, Spanish, Economics and Art with some excellent results in Higher Level Maths and Sciences.

Charlie Jefford, from Norfolk, was a Prefect, Head Chorister and Head of Farfield Boarding House whilst at Gresham�s and achieved 37 points in the IBDP this year. Whilst in the Upper Sixth, Charlie worked with disadvantaged young people at the Ormiston Venture Academy in Great Yarmouth as part of his Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) activities which are an integral part of the IBDP. He is a talented musician having achieved Grade 8 in trumpet, piano and singing, as well as Grade 7 in organ! He received offers from the University of Warwick and the University of Exeter but has decided to defer university entry until 2014 as he is now considering studying at a university overseas. During the next 12 months, he plans to teach music, languages and sport before embarking on a trip to Argentina to develop a better understanding of Argentinian language and culture. Charlie said, �For me the IBDP was the best choice at Sixth Form as I was unsure what I wanted to do when I left school. The breath of subjects on offer provided a solid foundation from which I could pursue a range of different university options. The IBDP encourages a love of learning, develops leadership skills and encourages you to think outside the box.�
Students on the IBDP follow six subjects, three at a standard level and three at higher level, alongside a compulsory core made up of Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay and CAS. The maximum number of points that can be achieved is 45. More and more families in the UK are starting to recognise the benefits of the IBDP and many universities will often favour an IB student over an A-Level student when making decisions on borderline applicants.

Gresham�s Headmaster, Mr Philip John, said: �I am very pleased with the results achieved by our Sixth Form students this year. The IBDP is a challenging and rigorous programme with a reputation for proven academic depth across a broad curriculum. The students and staff have all worked very hard over the last two years and thoroughly deserve these impressive results.�
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