Buckswood students and teachers are celebrating after the school received a 100 percent pass rate in International Baccalaureate for the 5th year in a row.
The the number of students following the programme has been doubling year on year.
This year’s top scorer was Tom Wahlig who scored 38 out of a possible 42.
Tom’s score is equivalent to achieving four traditional A Levels at grade A*, and all of the Buckswood IB students are now taking their pick of their offers from Russell Group universities and studying subjects such as dentistry, information technology management, medicine, creative advertising and engineering.
One student Shannon Reeve said of her studies “I wasn’t really sure what or where I wanted to study at university, doing IB at Buckswood has allowed to me to keep up science and creative subjects going at a higher level and the one to one support at Buckswood has helped my identify what I want to do.
“I received some amazing uni offers at top universities and now that I have my results I can relax knowing I have secured my place, unlike my friends who took A Levels who still have another month to wait”.
Commenting on the School’s success, Headteacher Mark Redsell said: “The IB qualification really suits Buckswood students.
“Being a 50% international and 50% British school, students, over the course of their studies at Buckswood are becoming global citizens with an inherent understanding of the world and different cultures.
“We teach 17 different languages and have 47 different nations here, so the international origins of the IB qualification enables our students to shine and yet again we have another year of 100% passes and a fantastic set of Russell Group university offers for both our IB and A Level students to study such a wide range of degree subjects from medicine to estate management ahead of successful, fulfilling careers.
“Buckswood has a long track record of graduates achieving top degrees, and our alumni network is a very useful global address book of professionals.”
The IB programme as an alternative to A Levels has been in existence since 1968, but the qualification has only really taken off in the UK over the last decade.
Many of the Grammar Schools in neighbouring Kent only offer the IB at sixth form now, and Buckswood School is the only independent IB provider in the area.
Buckswood sixth form has over 70 students.
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