Students at the Royal High School Bath are celebrating their best ever performance in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma as schools across the world received their IB Diploma results today (Friday 6 July).
Not only did the all-girls’ school achieve a record overall performance but also some outstanding individual scores in the IB Diploma which is marked out of 45.
Mashal Ijaz recorded a phenomenal 44 out of 45 points and impressive full marks in all six of her chosen subjects to win her place at the London School of Economics to read Politics and International Relations.
Fellow Sixth Former Maia Eyre-Morgan from Bradford on Avon scored a staggering 43 points out of the 45, easily securing her place at Cambridge to read Natural Sciences. The 17-year-old also achieved full marks (7 out of 7) in Maths, Chemistry and Biology, three of the six subjects she opted to study for the IB Diploma.
Fellow students have secured places at other leading Russell Group universities including Manchester and Southampton, with a high proportion studying STEM subjects, three going on to read Engineering and one to read Biomedical Sciences.
Across the board, the Royal High School’s IB Diploma students scored an average of 39 points out of 45, two points higher than its average last year, and well above the global average.
More than half of the school’s candidates scored over 40 points while over three-quarters of them (77%) achieved the top 6 and 7 points available in each subject.
The Royal High School, which is one of the Girls’ Day School Trust schools, is the only school in Bath which offers its pupils the chance to opt for either the IB Diploma or A levels in the Sixth Form. Both are recognized as equal entry qualifications for university.
A fifth of the school’s students took the IB Diploma this year with that number doubling next year as the IB Diploma surges in popularity.
IB Diploma students receive their results six weeks’ earlier than A level students, with the advantage that they can confirm their university places immediately if they receive the required grades.
Each IB student chooses six subjects to study over the two-year course which are marked out of seven with a further three points available for an extended essay and presentation.
Head of the Royal High School Jo Duncan said: ‘We are delighted that the school’s performance in the IB Diploma is getting stronger and stronger year on year and its popularity is soaring.
‘We have taught the IB Diploma for ten years alongside A levels, giving our students the choice between specialising in three subjects or maintaining a broad range of studies as they do in the IB Diploma.
‘More and more universities are now seeking out IB students because their research has shown that they are less likely to drop out than other students.’
The IB Diploma was launched in 1968 with seven schools taking part. In 2018, 1.5 million students from 4,871 schools in 153 countries studied for the IB Diploma.