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Rochester Grammar School Students Celebrate Superb International Baccalaureate Results

Rochester Grammar School Students Celebrate Superb International Baccalaureate Results

Students are heading to top universities as they collect results

Students at the high-performing Rochester Grammar School are celebrating after achieving excellent results in the International Baccalaureate (IB) this year – ahead of the school offering the high-quality qualification exclusively in its Sixth Form from September.

The school continued its success of previous years with students achieving an overall average score of 37 – equivalent to A*A*A at A-Level. The excellent individual results mean that many students have successfully secured their first choice of university, including at some of the best universities in the country.

The universities include the London School of Economics, University College London, the University of Exeter, Durham University, and the University of Leeds.

Some of the top individual IB level results achieved by students include:

  • Amy Cottrill achieved 44 points, with 777 in her higher levels. Amy is going on to study English Literature and History at Durham University and plans to go into law or journalism after her undergraduate degree.
  • Anabelle Frost also attained 44 points, with 777 in her higher levels. Annabelle will take up her place to read Biology at Durham University.
  • Magda Sime achieved 42 points, with two 7s and a 6 in her higher levels. Magda is going on to study Medicine at the University of Leeds.
  • Bailey Coates gained 41 points, also achieving two 7s and a 6 in her higher levels. Bailey is taking up her place to read Law at the London School of Economics. After this, she intends to pursue a career as a corporate lawyer.
  • Michelle Ngugi achieved 39 points, with a 7 and two 6s in her higher levels. Michelle is going on to study Medicine and Surgery at Lancaster University.

The IB is studied in the sixth form at RGS as an alternative to A-levels and has been offered at the school for the last 13 years. Reflective of its popularity, as of this September, the school will be offering the high-quality qualification exclusively in its Sixth Form.

What is an International Baccalaureate?

The grading process was slightly different this year due to Covid-19 impacting the traditional assessment process. Grades were determined based on student’s coursework, with every piece of coursework being marked by an examiner, as well as student’s performance throughout the year and their predicted grades also being measured. Consideration was also given to how the school has performed in previous years.

Rochester Grammar School, part of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust, a family of 17 high-performing schools across the South East, is routinely ranked the best in the country for IB.

Clare Brinklow, Head of School at Rochester Grammar School, said:

“We are incredibly proud of our students for the effort and determination they have shown to achieve these fantastic results in a world-leading and rigorous qualification.

“The entire cohort has coped with the difficult situation admirably and deserve the brilliant results they have achieved. We wish all our students the very best as they move onto their next challenges.”

 

Stuart Gardner, Chief Executive Officer of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust, said:

“The high-level of results achieved across the school by this year’s cohort is truly brilliant. It is a reflection on the hard work and dedication that our students have put into their studies in even the most challenging of circumstances.

“The strong performance of our students is not only a credit to the school and the Trust, but it is also particularly telling of the amazing work being done by all our staff and community of parents and carers, who have supported students on every step of their journey.”