The fourth year of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma at King Edward’s School has produced record results – by a distance. The average score has risen to 39.4 points from last year’s 36.8, a 2.6 point increase on last year and a 2.4 point increase on the previous record.
The maximum score of 45 points was gained by three boys, Oliver Bealby-Wright, Aleksandar Duvnjak and Harrison Shaylor, a score achieved by only 160 worldwide out of almost 142,000 that took the IB Diploma in 2015. A further six scored 44 points and another record was that 52% of the cohort attained scores of 40 points or above: 40 points is the equivalent of more than four A*s at A-level.
John Claughton, Chief Master of King Edward’s School, said: “These are truly exceptional results, better than anything we might have hoped for. These results are a giant leap forward and will place us amongst the very best IB schools not only in this country, but also in the world.
“For the individual boys, it means that the vast majority of them have got their offers at the best universities and it was a pleasure to see so much delight on Sunday evening when the results were announced.
“The move to the IB Diploma in September 2010 was, in itself, a major step and, five years on, we feel that these results show that it was the right decision. These boys are getting a real, broad, intellectual education and coming out with world-class results.
“All of this has been achieved through the ambition and efforts of the boys and the total commitment of the staff to their progress. And it has been done by a group of boys that has been remarkably successful in the other aspects of school life, music, drama, sport, Combined Cadet Force. These are remarkable boys and this is a very proud day for this School.”
In September 2010, King Edward’s replaced A-levels with the IB Diploma for its Sixth Form provision. The IB Diploma comprises six subjects within which pupils must study English, Mathematics, a science, a language and a humanities subject. Pupils also complete an extended essay on any subject, study Theory of Knowledge and undertake a range of extra-curricular activity and community service.