Exeter College students are celebrating after achieving the best International Baccalaureate (IB) results in the college’s history.
This year the prestigious IB saw a 100% pass rate, with almost a third of students (32%) achieving 40+ points. This is the equivalent of five A Levels at A/A*, putting them in the top five to ten per cent of students in the entire world. Two candidates achieved an incredible 43 out of 45 possible points.
Further to this, more than 50% of the students achieved 38 points or higher which is the tariff requested for a place at the University of Oxford.
The IB is an internationally recognised qualification that allows students to study six subjects across a wide range of disciplines spanning languages, arts, humanities, maths and sciences. Students are also required to study theory of knowledge, complete an extended research essay and a portfolio, which are all graded to calculate final points.
The exceptional results mean many of Exeter College’s IB students are going on to fulfill their dreams of studying at world-leading universities. Two learners leave the college to accept places at Oxford and two will go on to study medicine in the new academic year.
John Laramy, Principal and CEO of Exeter College said:
“Our IB students have certainly embraced the vision of the college and achieved a set of exceptional results, which are simply the best in our 20 year history of delivering the IB. I would like congratulate the students on these remarkable results and thank them for being a key part of the Exeter College family for the last two years.
“I would also like to thank all of the staff who teach on, coordinate or support the delivery of the IB, these outstanding results are the result of talented and passionate staff working with excellent students.
Lilith Foster-Collins, an IB student who previously studied at Great Torrington School said:
“I have absolutely enjoyed my time studying at Exeter College. There was no question over which college I wanted to go to – I chose Exeter College because I really like the college environment, rather than a sixth form one. You gain independence, it’s got a more university level atmosphere but at the same time you get the support you need, and I think it’s a great stepping point up from school.
“It's been really good studying six subjects on the IB, because you get the diversity of different subjects. I have been able to explore different interests and I think that has helped me choose my degree better as well.”
This year the cohort had an average point score of 37.5, up from 36 last year and way ahead of the world average which is currently 29.76 (2017/18).