Students at Rochester Grammar School achieved top grades in the International Baccalaureate this year, meaning that they can take up their places at top universities. The IB is studied in the sixth Form as an alternative to A Levels and has been offered at the RGS for the last 6 years.
The average point score for students was 37 which is 7 points above the world average for the IB. A quarter of students gained scores of over 40 points from a maximum of 45, which enables them to take up places at Oxford, York, Exeter and Liverpool. Principal Gwynn Bassan said: “My staff and I are elated by our students’ successes and very proud of their achievements. Our aim is to transform the life chances of each and every one of our students so to see them flourishing and accessing prestigious destinations shows that they are on track to secure some very promising futures.”
Cealach McKeating joined only 0.3% of the world’s IB students achieving the maximum 45 points and will go on to read History at Oxford. Joining her at Oxford, reading History and English is Alice Baldock, who obtained 43 points. Also achieving 40 points and over were Claire Morley, who takes up a place at York reading Chemistry having obtained 43 points, Madeleine Daly and Ewaola Apooyin, who both take up places to study Medicine at Liverpool with 43 points and Exeter with 40 points respectively.
Rezwana Akhtar and Walter Anga, who both joined the RGS Sixth Form from St John Fisher achieved outstanding Diploma results, achieving 38 and 36 points respectively. Walter said: “Moving from a non-selective school to Rochester grammar school to take the International Baccalaureate diploma was a large step. I am very pleased with my results and know for certain that I will be spending the next four years at a great university. The IB was definitely a step worth taking”. Walter now holds offers for both Royal Holloway and the world renowned New College of the Humanities to study Philosophy, Politics and International Relations.
Ms Hemming, the Head of the IB, said: “I am so proud of the IB students. The IB students always have such a strong community spirit, and this was never more evident than on results day, where they revelled in each other’s successes as well as their own. I wish them every success for their lives beyond RGS.”
This was another excellent year of International Baccalaureate results. 20 students completed the Diploma programme and almost all achieved a diploma score above the world average, with a quarter achieving a score of 40 or more, which is equivalent to 4 A* grades at A level.