IB students celebrate exam results in organisation’s 50th year

As the IB celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, students from across the world received the results of their May 2018 IB diploma exams as its popularity continues to grow.

IB Students celebrate exam results in the organisation’s 50th year
In the year that the International Baccalaureate (IB) celebrates its 50th anniversary, over 165,000 students from 2799 schools across the world received their Diploma (DP) and Career-related Programme (CP) results. Almost 5000 of these students were in the UK as global popularity of the IB continues to grow. The average diploma point score globally was 29.78 (of 45 possible maximum) but in the UK, that average was significantly higher at 34.49 points.In this first session of 2018, more than 607,000 examination papers – the largest number since the introduction of the Diploma Programme in 1968 –were processed in 75 languages. Over 13,000 examiners across the world worked together to establish accurate, internationally-benchmarked grading criteria across subjects, and ensure consistency throughout the evaluation process.

What is the International Baccalaureate (IB)? 

The International Baccalaureate is a curriculum that caters for students aged from three to 19. It consists of three stages – the Primary Years Programme (PYP) (from age three to 12), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) (from age 14–16) and the Diploma (DP) (from age 16–19).The newest addition to its suite of qualifications, the Career-related programme was introduced in 2012. It is a post-16 qualification that incorporates vocational study into the academic curriculum.

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The IB is increasingly popular with relocating families owing to its academic reputation and international transferability. Students study a wide range of subjects up to diploma level. The IB focuses on each student as a whole person, which means that its programmes address not only intellectual development but also social, emotional and physical progress.It is known for encouraging students to become independent learners and critical thinkers. However, it tends to suit ‘all-rounders’, so children who excel in some subjects but struggle in others can find it very challenging. The IB is taught in 4,896 schools across 153 countries.

Why is the IB a popular choice with families on a relocation?

For relocating families, the IB diploma programme offers the reassurance of a standardised and externally assessed qualification wherever it is taught in the world, which makes it a great choice for those moving frequently. “The transferrable nature of the programme provides parents and children with a vital continuity of learning, giving reassurance, certainty and stability when changing countries,” explains a spokesperson for the Inter-Community School Zurich, an IB World school offering the PYP, MYP and DP.
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It is the skills and global mind-set that the IB programme nurtures that makes it highly attractive to globally mobile families.“The IB places a high importance on developing skills and attitudes,” says Linda Belonje, director of marketing and development at KIS International School in Thailand. “When students are regularly transferring from one school to another, the content (even within the same curriculum) may not always be the same, but the ability to think critically, to learn independently, to work together with others, to analyse your research, to solve problems and to take responsibility for your own learning are all transferable and allow easy transition from an IB school into any other school.” 

Examining the benefits of the IB

Evidence also suggests that the IB prepares students very well for the independent thinking and research skills required at university, something that the IB’s general director, Siva Kumari, was quick to point out as the 2018 results were released.“Research suggests that an IB diploma is the best preparation for further education and for future careers. IB graduates show continued curiosity and critical thinking throughout their lives. These are the skills of the future, as both universities and employers attest. I wish this year’s graduates all the best for the future and for making a better world through education,” she said.
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Schools around the world celebrate academic achievement

Sevenoaks School

Sevenoaks School in Kent is celebrating an average points score of 39.5 – 10 points higher than the worldwide average – with 12 of the 215 students achieving the maximum 45 points. Over 53 per cent of the cohort achieved 40 points or more. Truly exceptional.

Haileybury

Haileybury School
Pupils at Haileybury in Hertfordshire celebrated the most successful IB results day in the school's history. The average points score was 36 and 67 per cent of pupils scored 34 points or above, which is the equivalent of securing ABB or better at A Level – one of the highest figures in the School’s history.

Marymount Rome

MarymountFifty five per cent of the students at Marymount International School Rome achieved the bilingual IB Diploma and the school is toasting the best IB results in a decade. With an average points score of 34.5, 83 per cent of pupils achieved their predicted grade or above it.

Kent College, Canterbury

Kent-College-IB-2018Kent College's average IB score this year was 37 points, which, when translated into UCAS (university entrance) points is similar to the number of points awarded for straight A*/ As at A level. Four students scored more than 40 points and five students achieved a bilingual diploma.

Australian International School, Singapore

Australian International School, Singapore is celebrating a 100 per cent pass rate with an average points score of 34.5. One student achieved the perfect point score of 45 and has been accepted into Stanford University to study Biochemistry.

Yew Chung International School of Beijing

YCIS BeijingMore than half of the students at Yew Chung International School of Beijing achieved a bilingual diploma, testifying to the strength of the school’s Chinese-English bilingual programme. For the 11th year in a row, YCIS Beijing is celebrating a 100 per cent pass rate, with every student beating the global average and two students achieving an outstanding 43 points out of 45. 

Taunton School

Over half the students at Taunton School achieved 36 points or more with this year’s results being the third highest on record for the school. The average points score was just over 34 and nine students achieved scores equivalent to four A* grades at A Level or more.

KIS International School

KIS International School had a 100 per cent pass rate again with an average score of over 34 points. 50 per cent of its students received the bilingual diploma.

Southbank International School

Southbank International School received their best IB results ever this year, with a 100 per cent pass rate, an average points score of 37.6 and 35 per cent of students achieving 40 points or higher. More than a third of students received the bilingual diploma.

Dulwich College International

Of Dulwich College International’s ten schools across Asia, four colleges currently offer the IB Diploma Programme. Students in Dulwich's schools in China achieved an average points score of 37.5. Eight students achieved a perfect score of 45. 

Tanglin Trust School

This year at Tanglin Trust School the average score was 37.8 points and a quarter of the cohort scored 42 points or more. Impressively three students achieved the maximum 45 points which was a record for the score.

Sotogrande International School

SIS-IB-ResultsAt Sotogrande International School (SIS) the average point score was 34, and 9 student’s achieved 40 points or more. One student received a perfect score of 45 and four students have received full scholarship places to top US Universities.

Marymount International School London

The average point score at Marymount International School London was 36 points and 27 per cent of students scored 40+ points (equal to four A*s at A-levels). 

Box Hill School

Box Hill School’s Year 13 celebrated the IB results with a 100 per cent pass rate. The highest score was 42 points across six subjects.

The American International School in England (TASIS)

TASIS-IB-ResultsAt The American International School in England (TASIS) the average points score was 33 and one student achieved the perfect score of 45. 55 diplomas and 15 bilingual diplomas were awarded.

Shanghai Community International School (SCIS) Hongqiao

Students at SCIS's Hongqiao campus were celebrating an average points score of 34 with one student scoring 45. An impressive number of students – 40 per cent – received the bilingual diploma.

International School of London (ISL)

At ISL 84 per cent of students graduated with the bilingual diploma – the global average is just 24 per cent! The average total points score was 33 and two students achieved 43 points.

UWC South East Asia, Singapore

UWC SEAOf the 572 students sitting IBDP exams this year, UWC South East Asia's Class of 2018 achieved an average of 36 points, with over a quarter of students receiving 40+ points, including two who earned the maximum 45. 

Bavarian International School, Germany

Of the Bavarian International School's 82 DP candidates, eight students scored higher than 40 with an average of 34.5 points. The highest score was 43.

British School in The Netherlands

Two students at the British School in The Netherlands scored 44 points, putting them in the top one per cent of candidates worldwide. The average score was 34 points. The school is also celebrating a 100 per cent pass rate for the IBCP.

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