International Baccalaureate (IB) students from Palmer’s College, Grays, picked up their results today, and finally found out how well they did after two years of rigorous study.
All 27 students who completed the course gained either a Diploma or Certificate, with the majority of the group achieving grades exceeding three A grades at A-level. The Palmer’s College average IB grade is 29, slightly higher than the world average score.
Students on the IB take a broad range of subjects, studying three at standard level and three at higher level. Alongside this, they must complete a piece of extended research and carry out 150 CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) hours in areas such as voluntary service and charity work.
Due to its range of subjects and the amount of work the students must complete, the IB is internationally recognised as a challenging programme.
The IB is graded differently to other courses: each subject given a score of 1-7, with a maximum overall grade of 45. Katie Smith (18, Grays, ex-Grays School Media Arts College student), achieved an impressive 39 points today. She said: “We made it! I’m so happy with my results today and all of the work has been worth it.” Katie is going on to take English Studies at Durham University.
Cyril Leopoldo (18, Basildon, ex-Woodlands School student) achieved 35 points. He said: “This course has been gruelling but I’m so glad we got the chance to do it.” Cyril will now go on to study Law at the University of Westminster.
IB Co-ordinator, John Death, commented: “I am absolutely delighted with the results. The students have been justly rewarded for their work. I’m sure they will all be a success in whatever they do.”
Mark Vinall, Principal, added: “These are brilliant results for a wonderful group of young people and I am thrilled to see so many hard working and deserving students gain places at some of our finest universities.”