Students and staff at Rochester Grammar School (RGS) are celebrating after achieving world-class, record-breaking results in the International Baccalaureate (IB) qualification this year, after results were released on Wednesday. The students’ outstanding results mean that many will now go on to study at top universities, including Oxford, Durham, and University College London.
Students at RGS achieved an average point score of 37.4 – an incredible seven points above the world average for the IB, and equivalent to gaining 3 A*s and 1 A at A level. Over a quarter of students achieved over 40 points of a maximum of 45, placing them within the top 7% of IB students across the globe.
The IB, studied in the Sixth Form as an alternative to A levels, has been offered at Rochester Grammar School for nine years. 35 students successfully completed the programme an d achieved their diploma this year, and staff expressed their delight and congratulations to al l2016 IB students, wishing them every success for the future.
Ms Hemming, Head of the International Baccalaureate at Rochester Grammar School, said:
“I am immensely proud of our IB students. The IB can be a challenging programme, but it has allowed our students to flourish, grow in skills and confidence, and receive the recognition they deserve from top universities.
“It is wonderful to see the hard work of both students and staff rewarded.”
Mr Bassan, Principal at Rochester Grammar School, added:
“I am delighted and extremely proud of our IB students fort heir outstanding achievement in this world – class qualification. To excel in this manner across six subjects (including Maths, Science and a language) shows the calibre and commitment of our students – and the hard work and dedication of our wonderful staff.”
“These results also show that all students should give the IB serious consideration, whatever their academic background. Viewed as a gold standard qualification in the UK and across the world, it is tried and tested, and takes our students to some incredible destinations for university. It truly transforms students’ life chances.”
RGS student Katherine Knight scored the maximum of 45 points, joining just 0.3% of the world’s IB students – an achievement which will take her to Oxford University to read Classics. Katherine is the third student at the school to achieve this exceptional score since RGS first began of offering the IB programme.
“Taking the IB has been an incredibly rewarding experience, and it’s brilliant to know that all the work has paid off. Our IB group has grown together as a real community, and I wish everyone the very best for the future and can’t wait to see where we all go from here.”
Lois Franklin, who joined RGS at the start of Year 12 from a local high school, went on to achieve an outstanding 40 points – passing her entry requirements to study Pharmacy at the University of Brighton with flying colours.
“Words cannot describe how ecstatic I feel. Although the two years of IB study were at times challenging and exhausting, I pushed myself and never for a moment regretted my decision to move to RGS and undertake the IB. I am so happy all my hard work has paid off!”
Former RGS Head Girl Bethan Firmin’s outstanding 44 points have helped her achieve her goal of attending Exeter University to study Medicine in September. Rosalynn Whiteley, another high- achieving IB student, secured 43 points and will now take up her offer to study Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham. Obtaining 42 points, and going on to study Medicine at the University of East Anglia and History at Exeter University respectively, are Eve Rushforth and Maria Tomaschek.