With an average point score of just over 36 points, equivalent to three A* grades and one A grade at A Level, and well above the global average for the IB Diploma, this achievement makes them possibly the highest-achieving cohort of students in Cornwall.
The ‘IB’ is an alternative to A Levels where students study a broad curriculum of six subjects, keeping their options open and providing a route to leading universities. This year 23% of the IB students at Truro gained 40 points or more, equivalent to four A*s or more than five As at A Level.
Student Anna West from Devoran is celebrating coming top of the group with 44 points, equivalent to four A*s and an A at A Level. Anna said: “I have been very privileged to have access to the outstanding support that is available through the staff on the IB and resources at the college. I have really enjoyed being part of the IB, especially because of the sense of community which has been created through the course residential and trips. I was very excited to find that I have achieved 44 points. Through this, the IB has opened up so many doors to me for the future. Thank you to Angie, the IB Coordinator, and the College for the support during the past two years.”
Eloise Beattie, from Truro, who achieved an impressive 42 points said: “For me, the appeal was in the flexibility and breadth of curriculum the IB offered. Teachers were always on hand to offer support and guidance and I enjoyed that elements of group work and debate were involved in all subject areas, preparing me well for university. I loved being part of such a supportive, varied and open-minded community.
I’d like to say a big thank you to both the staff and the students for giving me such a positive experience
Having been offered at the College for over twenty years, Truro and Penwith College is the only provider of the IB in Cornwall, with cohorts of around 50 students on average each year. Earlier this year the College celebrated being rated as the top non-selective state provider of the International Baccalaureate in the UK in the Sunday Times Parent Power 2020 league tables for the third year running.
After achieving their amazing results, this year’s students are set to study at top national and international universities. Examples include; Zac Berger, from Truro, who scored 41 points, and will study International Relations at LSE, Hollie Noble, also from Truro, who will study English at Jesus College, Oxford University and Katherine Lee, from St. Austell, who will study Medicine at Exeter University.
Angie Liversedge, IB Co-ordinator at Truro College, said: “Despite our IB students having had to deal with a level of global disruption never experienced before, they have achieved some superb results. They have exemplified the very best qualities of the International Baccalaureate, with not only their academic excellence but by also being compassionate, open-minded and principled. I am proud of every one of them.”
To find out more about the IB Diplma, check out our subject spotlight here.