College rated a national leader for the IB Diploma

Students and staff at Truro College are celebrating after coming out as the top ranked non-selective provider of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in the country.

The Sunday Times Parent Power league tables ranked the IB Diploma at Truro College, recognised worldwide as an excellent alternative to A Levels, as the top non-selective provider and in joint second place overall behind a selective grammar school.

Truro College has offered the IB Diploma for 20 years and remains the only provider in Cornwall, with around 100 students studying across the two-year programme.

In July 2019, the College celebrated an exceptional year of IB results, with an average point score per student of 35, which is equivalent to three A* grades and one A grade at A Level, far above the national average point score of 29.63.

Many students achieved above the College’s average point score with one student, Lottie Shipp from Truro, achieving a perfect score of 45 and becoming one of the top IB Diploma students globally.

Lottie is very appreciative of the course and what it enabled her to achieve, a place studying Experimental Psychology at Oxford University. She said: “I didn’t really know what I wanted to do when I finished my GCSEs and I kind of wanted to do everything to keep my options open so the IB was perfect.”

Caroline Keech, IB Coordinator at the College, was delighted with the news of the College’s placing, saying: “Going into our 21st year of providing the IB at Truro College we are thrilled with our placing in the Sunday Times Parent Power league, a testament to all the hard work of our students and IB staff. On the International Baccalaureate at Truro College we are absolutely committed to building an inclusive, non-selective, collaborative learning community where students with a range of academic ability and wider interests can build a broad and balanced programme of study that suits their needs.”

David Walrond, Truro and Penwith College’s Principal, added: “This national IB ranking and recognition for a comprehensive state provider such as Truro and Penwith College is a fantastic validation of our approach here and it speaks volumes for the successful joint working of students and staff on this programme. The IB diploma offers an attractive alternative to A levels for those who want to progress to university and into employment. It is another proven pathway which this college offers to allow Cornish students to exceed expectations and achieve aspirational goals.”

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.