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Another year of outstanding IB results for King Edward’s School

The fifth year of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma at King Edward’s School has produced another set of outstanding results.

The maximum score of 45 points was gained by three boys, Alex Fung, Joshua Kimblin and Sam Shah, a score achieved by only 146 students worldwide out of almost 150,000 IB students in total. A further four scored 44 points and 50% of the cohort attained scores of 40 points or above: 40 points is the equivalent of more than four A*s at A-level. 23 boys will be taking up places at Oxford and Cambridge and 24 boys will study medicine.

Sam Shah Joshua Kimblin and Alex Fung

Sam Shah, Joshua Kimblin and Alex Fung.

The average score is 38.8 points, eight points above the global average and the second highest point score achieved since the school switched to the IB Diploma in 2010, beaten only by last year’s record results.

John Claughton, Chief Master of King Edward’s School, said: “This has been our fifth set of results and, for the second year in a row, we have produced results that place us amongst the top IB schools in the world. Not only will these results give our boys places at the very best universities, but all the evidence, from our own pupils and wider data, suggests that our boys do more and do better at university than their A-level counterparts. For example, one of the first boys to do IB in 2012 has finished his degree at Oxford and will be working for Ferrari’s Formula 1 Team. It is also increasingly clear that universities are seeking out IB students: in the last two or three years a number of universities like Birmingham and King’s College London and Leeds have reduced their offers to IB candidates to attract more of them.

“Today I retire as Chief Master at King Edward’s and the biggest decision we have taken in my time has been to adopt the IB Diploma. Five years after that decision, I remain utterly convinced that it is a truly challenging qualification which does a much better job for our boys than A-levels which are going back to the narrowness of the past. Whether we are in Europe or not, our future lies in our dealings with the wider world and the IB Diploma supports that in so many different ways. Maybe it’s about time that some other schools showed some vision and broke out of a system that is forever being tinkered with to no good effect.”

In September 2010, King Edward’s replaced A-levels with the IB Diploma for its Sixth Form provision. The IB Diploma comprises six subjects within which pupils must study English, Mathematics, a science, a language and a humanities subject. Pupils also complete an extended essay on any subject, study Theory of Knowledge and undertake a range of extra-curricular activity and community service.