STUDENTS, staff and supporters at Pestalozzi had good cause to celebrate when the International Baccalaureate Diploma results were revealed this week.
After hours of study at Sussex Coast College in Hastings, Pestalozzi students have achieved a 100 percent pass rate for the second year running.
With an average 33.21 out of a possible 45, the Sedlescombe charity’s scholarship students have also exceeded this year’s IB world average of 29.81.
Aravind Swami Yeduvaka, who attained the highest mark in his year, is one of those students.
Three years ago, Aravind lived in an isolated village in southern India and fit his homework in around milking the family cow.
He hoped for no more than to finish his education and get a small job to support himself.
Aravind never imagined that by 2014 he would be inundated with full scholarship offers for Ivy League universities in the USA, or that he would soon be heading to Princeton to study physics and mathematics.
Aravind said: “It is not only grades that I acquired in Pestalozzi but something much more valuable: a chance to shape myself and gain the skills to help build a better world.”
The news of their IB success follows an exciting month for the young people at Pestalozzi, after they received high praise at their graduation ceremony from Her Majesty’s personal representative in East Sussex, Lord-Lieutenant Peter Field.
Pestalozzi’s CEO, Susan Walton, is thrilled with the IB results.
She said: “We are delighted that our students have achieved a 100 percent pass rate for the second consecutive year.
“They have all worked exceptionally hard, and their results demonstrate that they can achieve whatever they set their minds to.
“We look forward to following their progress as they take the next steps in their lives, whether that is university, volunteering or venturing into the world of paid work.
“Well done, Class of 2014!”
Pestalozzi is charity with more than 50 years’ experience of offering life-changing opportunities to young people from disadvantaged communities around the world.
The first Pestalozzi Village was founded in Switzerland to offer children a home and an education. The founders named their community after the eighteenth century Swiss educationalist, Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, who devoted his life to closing divisions in society through education of the whole person.