Stonyhurst College achieves another excellent set of International Baccalaureate results

Stonyhurst celebrates the class of 2023’s IB results with pride and admiration. The school wishes to congratulate its young people for all their efforts and wonderful achievements. Stonyhurst is delighted to see the IB grow in popularity, and it looks set to take on even more pupils next year. Mrs Alice McNeill, Senior Deputy Head, said: “The IB programme at Stonyhurst continues to go from strength to strength with one of our largest cohorts ever this year. These results reflect achievements across a broad spectrum of starting points. We are exceptionally proud of the progress each and every student made in each of the IB disciplines at the same time as making the very best of all the wonderful opportunities here at Stonyhurst and making friends for life.”  

Mrs Debbie Kirkby, Director of IB said: “The entire IB team is so proud of the results achieved by this year’s Diploma cohort. Their final scores are a testament to the tremendous, combined efforts of the young people and their teachers; they represent a celebration of achievement for each and every pupil in the cohort.” 

Individual stories give a sense of what these results mean. Caspar achieved an amazing 43/45, which is roughly equal to 5 A*s at A Level. He is now looking forward to taking up his place to study medicine in Germany. He says "I enjoyed two amazing years at Stonyhurst and I am proud to have achieved such a good IB result. This would not have been possible without the great support of my teachers. Stonyhurst has been the perfect school for me, and I will miss it so much! Quant Je Puis!" His parents added: "Caspar obtained a marvellous IB result after two great years at Stonyhurst. From the very beginning of his time there, we were absolutely convinced that he would receive an excellent education at Stonyhurst." Our pupils have excelled in so many academic disciplines. Pilar achieved 34/45, including achieving a sought-after A grade in her 4,000-word Extended Essay in economics. She goes on to take up her unconditional scholarship offer at ESSEC in Paris. Isaac combined his passion for sport, achieving Distinction (DD) in his CTEC Sport Diploma, with IB psychology and business and so receives the IB Career-related Programme certificate. He is now busy planning for his gap year working at the Jesuit St Ignatius’ College Riverview in Sydney, Australia before returning to the UK to study Sports & Exercise science.  

For the entire cohort, the average IB score this year was 33.6, well above the global average of 30.24. The cohort of 35 pupils was our largest cohort to date and hence this above-average score shows the quality of teaching across a very broad range of starting points and languages. The results in English B were exceptional, showing that Stonyhurst continues to be the go-to for exceptional progress in English for non-native speakers.  87% of our pupils achieved the prestigious bilingual diploma. Destinations for our IB pupils include St. Andrews, Edinburgh, Warwick, and Exeter in the UK but also ESADE (Spain), LUISS (Italy), Maastricht (Netherlands), St. Glion & Les Roches (Switzerland), ESCP (Paris).

Headmaster of Stonyhurst, John Browne said: ‘We could not be prouder of our IB pupils and cannot wait to see them at their next OS Reunion to hear tales of their amazing achievements all across the globe.'

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Stonyhurst pupils walking through the Jesuit Gardens