Cornish student heads to Oxford after achieving a perfect score

A young student from Cornwall has secured her place at Oxford University after achieving a perfect score in her International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

Lottie Shipp

The result of 45 out of 45 points for Lottie Shipp should place the Truro teenager in the top one per cent of IB Diploma students globally. The perfect score, which is the second perfect score the College has seen in two years, is equivalent to more than four A* grades or five A grades at A Level.

This top score has remained a rare achievement throughout the years of the IB. Indeed, in 2016 when fellow Truro College student Lowenna Ovens was awarded 45, only 146 out of 150,000 IB students worldwide achieved a perfect score.

Lottie, who studied the IB Diploma at Truro College, the only institution in Cornwall to offer the globally recognised qualification, is now preparing to leave for Oxford University where she will study Experimental Psychology in October.

On achieving the rare perfect score, a shocked Lottie “couldn’t believe it”.

The IB Diploma offers students the chance to challenge themselves while enjoying a range of six core subject areas including Languages, Science, Mathematics and the Arts, an aspect that students often give as a deciding factor when choosing the qualification.

On choosing the IB, Lottie said: “Truro College (in particular the IB) has amazing lecturers and so much support for students. It was a great cohort and the incredible results achieved by everyone was a combined effort from all the staff and students. I feel lucky to have been part of such a fantastic group. I can’t wait to start at Oxford University in October.”

Top to bottom, left to right- Alex Jones, Ruari McDonald, Lydia Virr, Betsy Harpur, Megan Dawes and Melissa Hull

It was a great results day for all of the IB students

The College’s provision of the diploma saw great success this year as the 25 graduating students achieved an average point score of 35, which is equivalent to three A* grades and one A grade at A Level, well above the global average of 29.63.

Caroline Keech, the IB Diploma Coordinator at the College, was delighted to hear about Lottie’s score, saying: “To achieve the maximum 45 point score in the IB is such a fantastic achievement and an absolute testament to the hard work and dedication that Lottie has put in every step of the way in her studies with us. We are incredibly proud of her and wish her the best of luck at Oxford and beyond.”