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IB results day: KES pupils secure places at a wide range of leading universities

The departing cohort of Sixths at King Edward’s School are looking to the future after receiving excellent results in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.  

Pupils achieved a mean average IB Diploma score of 36.4, which is more than six points higher than the global average of 30.32, and 30% of the cohort attained scores of 40 points or above.  

One pupil achieved the maximum score of 45 points, a feat typically attained by less than 0.5% of pupils worldwide, five boys achieved 44 points and 12 achieved 43 points. 

KES pupils will maintain the long-standing tradition of attending prestigious UK universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial and other Russell Group institutions, and pathways to US universities have also been explored, with one pupil heading to Purdue University in Indiana to major in Multidisciplinary Engineering. Pupils will once again embark on a rich variety of degrees.  

Dr Katy Ricks, Chief Master, said: “A diverse range of Higher Education subjects and destinations await our departing Sixths, reflecting the breadth of experience that we offer at King Edward’s. Our school not only prepares pupils academically for university – as is the focus of today’s achievements – but also fosters their growth into well-rounded individuals who are ready to make meaningful contributions to society. This year’s cohort exemplifies this ethos, having contributed significantly to every facet of school life. We are exceptionally proud of their dedication and achievements, and it has been a joy to celebrate with them today.” 

KES School Captain, Henry, will read Economics at the University of Bristol, following a year out comprising work experience and playing rugby in Australia. He said: “Although today is about what is written on the paper, my time at KES has been about so much more – the music, sport, drama, friends.” 

Ben, who achieved 45 points, attended KES on a Music Scholarship and has devoted much of his time to Service. He said: “I have spent the last five years volunteering in a charity shop through school, which brought so much to me. I appreciate how lucky I am to have come here, and I really wanted to give back to the community.” 

Violinist Asher, whose performances have captivated the school community in recent years, is now preparing to embark on Medicine at University College London. He said: “I am very lucky to have had Dr Leigh [KES Director of Music] who helped me so much in terms of improving my musical ability and balancing that with the academic side. Being in this school has been incredible.” 

Ronav, a stalwart of the drama and music scene at KES, with leading roles in the last two Senior Productions – The Little Shop of Horrors and A Midsummer Night’s Dream – is heading to New College, Oxford, to read Philosophy and French. He said: “It is quite poignant now, being at the end of Sixth Form. I’ve had such a varied experience here and looking back at the last seven years, I can see I have grown in character, achievements and memories.” 

Water polo player and avid guitarist Rowan will read Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bristol. He said: “I’m ecstatic to be heading to Bristol to study Mechanical Engineering. I’ve always been into science and maths, and engineering is really creative and has real-world applications. My time at KES has been brilliant; I wouldn’t have achieved this result without my teachers’ support – they really pushed me.” 

Malachy, who joined KES at Year 12, co-ran the Agora Society and participated in various co-curricular activities, including the Choral Society and the two Senior Productions that took place during his time at the school. He will head to King’s College London to read Physics and Philosophy. He said: “The teachers have all been amazing and so supportive. I’m really excited about going to King’s, and it’s incredible to finally be able to say I’ve got in.” 

Joseph who co-led the Sustainability Society at KES, will read Civil Engineering at Imperial College London. He said: ‘I’m really excited to be studying Civil Engineering. It combines many of my interests and plays a curial role in improving society and ensuring sustainable development for the future. I’m also thrilled to be moving to London – it’s such an interesting city. I want to thank all my teachers. I couldn’t have achieved this without the quality of teaching and their support.” 

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.   

You can find out more about the 2024 IB results on the school’s results webpage 

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