We would like to congratulate this year's IB students on their hard work and good-humoured perseverance which has resulted in a range of excellent achievements in this year's diploma examinations. Our average diploma points score of 31 remains above the usual world average setting our students in a strong position to accept places in top universities. Six out of 13 students gained the bilingual diploma.
In the context of heated debate as to how best to prepare young people for life after school, the IB is increasingly seen as a beacon of stability with a well-deserved international reputation – it celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
Headmaster Iain Kilpatrick reflects on the benefits of the diploma: "We believe the ethos of the International Baccalaureate, with its broad curriculum and emphasis on study skills, community service and internationalism fits perfectly with our Quaker values. The IB helps develop the skills of critical thinking useful at University and at the workplace beyond. It offers a challenging, interdisciplinary global perspective that helps a student stand out. We have offered the IB diploma at Sidcot for over ten years (since 2007) with very experienced staff and consistently good results."
Amelia Heslington is delighted to have got the 36 points she needs to do a five-year Master’s Degree in Biomedical Studies at York University. Millie has a passion for research and aspires to be a Doctor of Science with a particular interest in genetics and stem cell research. Millie chose to study the IB in order to keep her options open as, at the start of the Sixth Form, she was still unsure as to whether science was the route she wanted to take. The IB allowed her to continue with Maths, English and French alongside her higher level subjects of Geography, Biology and Chemistry. Her mother, Sarah Heslington, is thrilled: "Millie felt that the IB course was a much more modern approach to learning and more relatable to the real world than a traditional, dry, A Level course."
Graham Hartley, Director of IB, agrees: "IB students learn to multitask and manage their time to deal with a lot of different projects running at the same time. Most people develop these skills at a later stage of life."
Alex Crofts will take up his offer to study Biological Studies at Lancaster, Nieve Greene is going to do Geography at the London School of Economics and Helen Boskamp will study architecture at Reading University. The early release of IB results means that many students are able to enjoy their summer, safe in the knowledge that they have achieved the grades they require to accept their university place.