Impressive breadth of university destinations for KES pupils after excellent 2022 IB Diploma results

Pupils at King Edward’s School are planning for the future after receiving excellent results in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. 

An impressively wide range of university destinations in the UK and the US awaits the departing cohort of Sixths, whose time at KES has culminated in today’s results.

The average IB Diploma score was 39.6 points, 10 points above the usual IB global average for an examined year, and 60% of the cohort attained scores of 40 points or above. The maximum score of 45 points was gained by six boys, a score normally achieved by less than 0.5% of students worldwide, and a further 25 scored either 44 or 43 points.

Amongst the impressive university offers received by the cohort are acceptances at 23 US universities (including Princeton and Columbia in the Ivy League) and waitlistings at two further Ivy League universities – Harvard and Yale. These US acceptances and waitlistings have been achieved by eight boys who, between them, have been offered more than $1.9m in funding.

KES School Captain, Bhavan, who achieved 44 points, will read Liberal Arts at Princeton. He said: “I am grateful to my teachers and friends for the last seven years. I can’t imagine going to any other school, and being in the situation I am today I am just so grateful. It’s been great seeing everyone get their results today, and my best friend Dan got 45 points. Honestly, studying the IB is hard work but it has paid off and I am excited for the future.”

Closer to home, KES boys will continue the long-standing tradition of departing to top UK universities, including Oxford, Cambridge and other Russell Group institutions. 

Solomon, who achieved 40 points, will read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford, and said: “I am really pleased I got into my first choice of uni. The devotion of the KES teachers is really amazing, they really pushed me to achieve and even consider Oxford as a place to go.”

Solomon is among six pupils who will depart for Oxford or Cambridge this autumn to read an economics-related subject. 

Ram, who achieved 44 points, will read Economics at Cambridge. He said: “I was really anxious this morning, I woke up and my heart was beating really fast. I came in and opened my results and it was all really great. I am really excited. A few of my close friends are going to Oxford and Cambridge so it will be nice going together.”

Dan, who achieved 45 points, will read Business Management at Durham University. Water polo and athletics captain and 1st XV rugby player during the last year, Dan reflected on balancing his academic studies with his co-curricular schedule. He said: “I don’t really know how I did it! I made sure I got my work done as soon as I got home and then it was off to my sport. I made sure I organised things properly and the teachers gave me so much help. I am feeling excited about going to Durham.”

Twins Aman and Zayn are celebrating achieving 89 points between them. The brothers, who were awarded a prize for service to the school community at the recent Speech Day, were instrumental in establishing the King Edward’s Home Bank, which collects hygiene and home-oriented products that are distributed to local partner organisations. Aman (44 points) said: “Starting Home Bank was a bit of a challenge, but when you are passionate about something you find the time, and it did not feel like a chore.” Zayn (45 points) said: “It was great to be able to expand the team, sharing the workload with KEHS and the younger years, and helping Home Bank to become sustainable.”

Dr Katy Ricks, Chief Master, said: “I am delighted with the results our pupils have achieved, and offer my congratulations to them and their teachers. These were the first public exams sat by this cohort, because of the impact of Covid on their GCSEs, and they have showed great resilience during the last few years. 

“King Edward’s is now in its twelfth year of the IB Diploma and we continue to consistently perform amongst the very best IB schools in the world, which is testament to the hard work of our pupils. 

“Our pupils will go on to the very best universities to study a range of demanding subjects, and the strong foundation provided by the IB Diploma will help them be ready to take on all the opportunities that university has to offer. I wish each and every single pupil the very best as he embarks on the next chapter of his life.”

The IB Diploma comprises six subjects, and all students take English, mathematics, at least one science, at least one language and at least one humanities subject. Students also complete an extended essay on any subject of their choice, follow a Theory of Knowledge course and undertake a range of co-curricular activity and community service. 

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