Academic | Posted 06.07.2016

Stonyhurst’s outstanding IB results

Stonyhurst’s International Baccalaureate students have been celebrating their success today, as results for the IB Diploma Programme were published across the world. The IB Diploma awards a maximum score of 45 points.  The average score per IB diploma student at Stonyhurst was extremely high this year at 35.7 points. This is the equivalent of more than 4 As at A level.  This score is also significantly higher than Stonyhurst’s average last year of 32.0 points, achieved by the first ever IB cohort at the College. The world average IB score is 30.2 points.

Of the 24 students who made up Stonyhurst’s IB cohort this year, 83% achieved a bilingual diploma, a feat normally only achieved by a third of IB Diploma candidates. The highest scorer, Zofia Witkowska, achieved 44 points out of 45, which puts her into the top 1% of candidates worldwide.  Zofia will now go on to take up a place to study Medicine at University College, London.

This year’s Stonyhurst IB students have secured places to study a wide variety of subjects at a range of top universities, mostly Russell Group (top 25) UK universities, from Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, to Mechanical Engineering at Bristol University and Pharmacy at University College, London.  Other students have made successful applications to a number of prestigious universities overseas.

The Headmaster, Andrew Johnson, said: “I congratulate our IB students on their outstanding achievements, which are well deserved after the hard work they have put in this year. These results are also a triumph for their teachers, who have certainly gone the extra mile to ensure their students achieve such fine results.”

Stonyhurst has been offering the IB diploma alongside A-levels since 2013, and numbers of IB students at the College have grown steadily since then. The IB diploma programme is designed to give students a broad, well-rounded global education for the 21st century, and equip them with the skills needed by universities, employers and society. As well as studying 3 subjects in depth, and 3 more for breadth, across a range of academic disciplines – including mathematics, science, languages, and humanities – IB students also complete an academic extended essay, engage in a ‘creativity, activity and service’ programme, and undertake a thinking skills course.