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IB students achieve remarkable average for 8th year

Published on 06/07/17

The Class of 2017 at the Stephen Perse Foundation have achieved a remarkable average of 40 in the International Baccalaureate – placing the school in the top group of IB schools both in the UK and worldwide for the eighth consecutive year.

This is equivalent to almost A*A*A*A*at A Level plus an additional A in AS level. A score of around 40 points places students within the top 5% globally.

Coco and FelicityEach year, around 200 students in the world secure the maximum score of 45 and this year, three students at the Stephen Perse Foundation are celebrating this phenomenal academic achievement.

Furthermore, 63% of International Baccalaureate students got 40 points or more.

The Stephen Perse Foundation has been teaching the IB since 2008 and has twice been awarded the Sunday Times IB School of the Year.

Simon Armitage, Head of 6th Form, said “Our IB students have worked extremely hard to achieve these fantastic results and we are so proud of their performance. This is a real credit to their hard work over their time at 6th Form, as well as of the support and commitment of their teachers.

“The IB is a great platform as they go on to university and beyond. We wish them luck in whatever the future holds for them.”

IB curriculum

Students can now look forward to the university courses they have worked so hard to access. They have received almost 300 offers in total, across both International Baccalaureate and A Level students and offers held range from Philosophy to Mathematical Computation and Scandinavian Studies to History and International Relations. The shortest degree course title is Law whilst the longest is Politics and International Relations and Quantitative Research.

Tricia Kelleher, Principal of the Stephen Perse Foundation, said: “We are very proud of the achievements of all of our IB students. These foundations will ensure they are equipped for the next stage of their educational journey and we wish them the best of luck.”

All the students (100%) passed the Diploma qualification.

  • 44.8% of grades at Higher Level were Level 7

  • 44.8% of grades at Standard Level were Level 7

  • 88.5% of grades at Higher Level were Level 6 or 7

  • 78.1% of grades at Standard Level were Level 6 or 7

  • 97.9% of grades were Level 5 or above.

A note on the IB Diploma

The IB Diploma was introduced to the school in 2008 with tremendous success. The Foundation has been awarded Sunday Times IB School of the Year in 2010 and 2013. The UK average is generally around 33 points, the global average around 30 points. Scores of 40 points or more out of the maximum of 45 place students in approximately the top 5.5% of students in the world. The examination is taken by about 150,000 students, globally.

Students study 6 subjects (3 Higher and 3 Standard Level) from across the subject areas. All students study a 'core' of extended essay, theory of knowledge and creativity, action & service. The IB Diploma is highly prized across the world as a gold standard for university entry. Candidates from the Stephen Perse Foundation have secured places across the full range of disciplines in the UK from engineering and maths to medicine, history, law, languages, psychology, geography, politics and many more. Several students have taken their IB qualification overseas to study in the USA and Netherlands.