Truro and Penwith College on top nationally for International Baccalaureate

Consistently excellent results, including 100% pass rate for the last three years, and an average point score of 36, has placed Truro and Penwith College joint top nationally for the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma, as confirmed by the Sunday Times Parent Power league tables.

The IB diploma has been offered at the College for over 18 years and is the only state provider of the course in Cornwall, with up to 100 learners studying the programme at any one time. Every year, the College has ranked high in the league tables for its provision based on student achievement. 2015 saw an average point score of 36 out of 45, with many students attaining well above that, including Rosa Dyer from Gorran Haven, who received the top result at the College this year with 43 points, equivalent to 4 A*s and a B at A Level.

Each year, most of the IB students at Truro College gain places at their first choice of university and their feedback about the course, the college, and the dedication and expertise of staff is very positive.

Current student Anna Larkin, from Truro, said: “I think it's key that the IB at Truro College is so accessible to people of all backgrounds who can take this course and achieve at such a high standard. Coming from a rural place yet still being given access to the highest quality education is great!”

Rosa Dyer, who achieved the top result this year, said: “I’d recommend the College, definitely. The IB is really well done. It’s got a reputation for being a very good IB course, and it’s a well-earned one. There is very good teaching, staff are very knowledgeable about the IB, highly committed and understanding.”

IB Diploma Coordinator Caroline Keech said: "We are absolutely thrilled with the number one ranking from the Sunday Times Parent Power league tables for our IB Diploma Programme at Truro College. It is a huge testament to the phenomenal commitment our students make to their studies and the skilled expertise of our IB teaching team in supporting them through their journey."

Guy Essex, Programme Team Leader, added: “The IB is a challenging programme of study that requires a positive mind-set from students willing to stretch themselves intellectually and fully engage with their local and global communities. The IB teaching staff really promote this positive mind set, teach students to question and reflect and the students respond by working hard and helping each other whilst knowing that the support from the IB team is there, as and when they need it.”

The IB is an alternative to A Levels, popular with students and parents and highly regarded by universities. Students take six subjects, including a science, a modern language, a humanities subject, an Arts subject and English and Maths. IB students also follow a Theory of Knowledge course which stimulates critical reflection on the knowledge and experience gained inside and outside College, as well as undertaking original research to investigate a topic of special interest and presenting their findings in an extended essay. All students are involved in Creativity, Action and Community-based projects.