Last month, the Year 13 students at St Leonards were awarded another fantastic set of International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma results. The IB Diploma Programme has been praised by students, parents, and university admissions officers for its focus on deepening learning, offering wider subject options, and enriching minds.
The average score was 34.4 points, out of the highest possible score of 45 points, with 85.7% of all Higher Level subjects graded 7, 6, or 5 (equivalent to A*, A, and B grades at A level). This is significantly above the global average for this year, which was 29.92 points.
This year's cohort did not sit their written examinations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, their grades were calculated based upon coursework, predicted grades, and historical assessment data from previous examination sessions.
We are delighted that this fantastic set of results has enabled our Year 13 students to secure places at a number of prestigious universities in Scotland, the UK, and further afield. This year's UK destinations include the Universities of Oxford, Edinburgh, Durham, Aberdeen, Bristol, Exeter and Bath. Of those currently placed, 87% have secured a place at their first choice university.
Six pupils achieved 40 points or above, placing them amongst the highest-ranking candidates worldwide. Typically, only 10% of candidates achieve a score of over 40 points. The breadth of opportunity that the Diploma affords students is encapsulated in the courses that these pupils will go onto study next year.
Nerea Gomez-Martin, who excelled at Spanish and French alongside Visual Arts at Higher Level, will move to London to study Fashion Imaging & Illustration at the University of the Arts.
Francesca Livesey-Stephens will go onto read Philosophy & Theology at the University of Edinburgh; whilst Kathryn Matthews will embark upon a Medicine degree in the new academic year, also at the University of Edinburgh.
Deputy Head Girl Johanna Woitke's impressive 41 points secured her a place to read Chemistry at the University of Oxford.
Finally, Saimonas Rakauskas' excellent results secured a place at the University of Bath to study International Management. The global outlook of the International Baccalaureate programme will certainly stand him in good stead for this course.
Other high-scoring candidates included twins Georgie and James Robertson who both achieved 39 points and secured places at their first choice universities, the University of Bristol and University of Durham, to read History and Geography respectively. Music Scholar Kit McCarthy also achieved 39 points, and next year will be studying Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Congratulations to the Class of 2020. We wish them all the best as they enter the next chapter of their lives.