Academic | Posted 03.08.2017

Students at Stonyhurst have been celebrating their successes today, as results for the International Diploma Programme were published across the world.

Stonyhurst’s top performing student, Miss Chiara Longo (17) from Italy, achieved 40 points out of 45, which puts her into the top 3% of candidates in the world. Chiara said, “”The two years I spent attending the IB program at Stonyhurst College were the most challenging yet rewarding of my life.” Chiara will go on to study Law at Durham University.

Frederic Sonak (18) from Germany said, “The IB has brought me challenges that seemed impossible, but now, having overcome them, I am ready to face the even more demanding situations that life has to offer.”  He will go on to study Virology and Immunology at Bristol University.

Claudia Cutino-Cortes (18) from Spain said, “Throughout my IB journey at Stonyhurst, despite the obstacles that I encountered commensurate with a programme that is as demanding as the IB, I was supported by everyone in the community. It set me up for my success, making me a far better student, a very independent learner and thinker and a truly global citizen capable of dealing with any eventuality that crosses my path.” Claudia will go on to study Creative Writing and Film Studies at Liverpool John Moores University.

Headmaster of Stonyhurst College, Mr John Browne said, “Stonyhurst has a long tradition of forming young people as men and women for others.  I am always inspired by and proud of our young people who work hard to become contributing members of society. Achieving excellent results like these – when 92% of our students studied the course and took the exams in their second language – is extraordinary and I am delighted for them. I know they will all go onto university and adult life from Stonyhurst with confidence and become positive agents for change in the world.”

Director of the Stonyhurst IB programme, Mrs Debbie Kirkby said, “”I am very proud of Stonyhurst’s IB students. The IB has prepared our young people for life beyond school; and they have benefited greatly from the diversity of experience that an IB Diploma brings.”

Stonyhurst IB students have secured places in a wide variety of subjects at universities across the world including Chemistry with Management at Bath, International Management at Kings College, London and Film Production at Chapman University, California.

Notes about the IB

Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate Diploma (known as the IB) is open to students between the ages of 16 to 19, at schools that have been authorised to implement the programme.

Stonyhurst College was authorised as an IBO World School in 2012, and introduced the Diploma in 2013. Since then, its popularity has grown and the Year 12 (Higher Line) intake now comprises about one third of total admissions.
The IB is a prestigious pre-university qualification, valued by universities around the world. It is often seen as an alternative to A level and Pre-U examinations.

The IB awards a maximum of 45 points.

The average score per IB diploma student at Stonyhurst was 33.5, compared to the world average last year of 30.1. This is equivalent to around 2 A and 2 B grades at A level.