06.07.21 : St Leonards celebrates another outstanding set of IB Diploma results

Earlier this week, the Year 13 students at St Leonards received an outstanding set of International Baccalaureate results and secured places at universities in Scotland, the United Kingdom, and across the globe.

We are proud to announce that St Leonards' average points score was 35, out of a possible, 45 points, which is the equivalent of five A* grades at A Level and five grade A Scottish Highers plus two grade A Scottish Advanced Highers.

The top result was secured by Duncan Bouchard, from St Andrews, who was joint Head Boy of St Leonards for the 2020-21 academic year. Duncan achieved a perfect score of 45 points, placing him amongst the top 1% of candidates in the world. Duncan has secured a place to study Civil Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

Also from St Andrews, Lara Bell achieved an impressive 44 points in the Diploma, and will go on to study English at University College London. Lara is one of approximately 600 students worldwide to have achieved 44 points, making this another incredible achievement.

With a score of 41 points, Zina Gharakhani, a boarder at St Leonards from Slovakia, accepted an offer to read History at the University of Oxford; Guoheng Zhang, from Guangdong, China, will go on to study Mathematics at the University of St Andrews, and outgoing joint Head Boy, Julian Shenoy, from Germany, will join Guoheng at St Andrews, studying Psychology.

Tamaki Sasagawa, from Japan, secured a place to study Medical Biosciences at Imperial College London, with 38 points.

Local student Catherine Fleming, who is the third in her family to complete their studies at St Leonards, having been a pupil at the school since Year 1, will study Chemistry at Glasgow, whilst Head Girl Lauren Hastie, from Crail, will study Latin at the University of Edinburgh. The most popular destinations chosen this year by St Leonards students include the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow.

Mrs Dawn Pemberton-Hislop, Acting Head of St Leonards, said:

“I am so incredibly proud of this year’s excellent IB results, which are a testament to the hard work and determination of our students, who have achieved fantastic scores and secured places at top UK and international universities. All of this has been achieved despite the many challenges presented by the pandemic. My thanks go to all the parents, staff and friends, who have supported them on this journey. These results are proof of the perseverance of these students, who have learned online via St Leonards Connected, weathered lockdowns, and coped incredibly well with a turbulent final two years to their time at school. We aim to prepare our students ‘Ad Vitam’, for life’, and the 2021 IB results, combining academic excellence with creativity, activity, service, and more, certainly demonstrate the success of that mission. My warmest congratulations to each and every one of our Year 13 pupils - I know that you will go on to achieve even more great things.”

Congratulations to the Class of 2021. We wish them all the best as they embark upon the next chapter of their educational journeys.

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