Students at Tollbar Sixth Form College, near Cleethorpes, are today celebrating the release of the International Baccalaureate results, with 100% of students having achieved IB certificates, and 75% achieving the full Diploma.
Monday, July 09, 2012
70% of students have achieved their chosen university places today, but this figure is expected to rise, as a number of universities do not confirm their places until after the A-Level results are released in August.
This exceeds last year’s total of 69% at this stage, which rose to 92% by August.
Two students have achieved 38 out of a maximum 45 points – an exceptional score, which equates to more than four A* at A-Level.
Unlike ‘A’ levels, IB students are awarded points up to a maximum of 45, with 35 points being equivalent to at least 4 grade A’s at ‘A’ level.
Seventy five per cent of students achieved the full Diploma by achieving a minimum of 24 points.
Of those, many students achieved high results, with nine top Grade ‘7s’ across six different subjects, including English, Business and Economics Higher Level.
Three aspects that make the IB qualification so attractive to universities and employers are the Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay and Creativity, Action and Service.
This is a very extensive enrichment programme designed specifically for university.
One hundred per cent of students passed these three compulsory elements needed to achieve the Diploma, and one student, Shannon Simpkins (18), achieved a maximum of three points, which is very rare.
It is only the second time this has been achieved by a student at Tollbar.
Tollbar Sixth Form College Deputy Head Boy Lee Cardy (18) achieved 38 points (more than 4 A* at A-Level) and has been accepted at his first choice University of Lancaster to study Business Studies.
Beth Collins also achieved 38 points (equivalent to more than 4A* at A-Level) and hopes to study Veterinary Medicine at the University of London.
Sophie Windley (18) achieved 37 points (the equivalent of 2A* and 2As) and will study Bio-Medical Sciences at Newcastle.
Tollbar Sixth Form College Director Andy Clarke said: “I am delighted with the performance of our students today. A high number of students have already gained their university places at this stage, which is fantastic news, and they are fully-deserving of their achievements.”
Chief Executive David Hampson OBE: “Yet again the students have worked exceptionally well, reflecting the immense hard work put in both by themselves and the staff, with the continued support of their parents and carers.
“We keep in contact with last year’s students who have gone on to success at university, and their comments to us demonstrate quite clearly the value of this world-wide accepted qualification as a fantastic pre-requisite to university study and employment.”
The global search for high-quality education, embedded in high-performing education systems, has taken on mythical proportions, almost resembling the alchemists’ quest to turn common metals into gold.
It is my hope that the present day search for global education, equitable and providing equality of opportunity for all, shall not cease until the “gold” we seek, has been found.
I therefore dedicate this book to all the educators, researchers, parents and students the world over, who strive to achieve this elusive goal,high-quality education for all the citizens of the world.
In this endeavour, it is my belief that the International Baccalaureate merits a closer look, based on their more than 40 year history of delivering consistently excellent results.
I add that all of the reflections and views in this book are mine alone, unless otherwise noted, and can not be attributed to my employer or any other organization I am affiliated with, past or present. For any errors or oversights, I bear the complete responsibility.
Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He is the Head of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago, Chile.
He is the Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago, free, participant-driven, democratic, conversation based professional development for teachers, by teachers. EdCamp Santiago 2012 was held at Universidad Mayor in Santiago.
Thomas is also a member of the Advisory Board for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as a reviewer and as the HETL Ambassador for Chile.
Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. Thus far, he has written the following genres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sports history/biography, and English Language Teaching. He has published a total of forty four (44) books overall.
The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family, his wife Gabriela, and his son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr.