IB analysis of UK schools released

28, October, 2014

Education Advisers Ltd, a student placement service, has published an analysis of the International Baccalaureate (IB) results of UK independent schools for 2014 as a reference guide for agents and parents worldwide.

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The IB is offered by 83 private schools in the UK, according to Education Advisers, although only a handful offer the IB exclusively – most institutions provide the IB as an option alongside traditional A-levels. The schools were ranked based on the average number of points achieved by pupils in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), where the maximum score is 45 points.

North London Collegiate, a girls’ days school, topped the league table with an average point score of 41.9, followed by King’s College School, a boys’ day school in Wimbledon, with an average of 40. The top five was completed by three day/boarding schools: Wellington College, Berkshire; Sevenoaks College, Kent; and Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Gloucestershire.

In a press release, Education Advisers said many top universities hold the IB in high regard due to the breadth of study and the requirement for students to carry out independent research for the extended essay, which acts as preparation for degree-level study.

Isobel Nixon, Head of Scarborough College, which offers only the IB to sixth-form students, said, “The distinguishing features of the International Baccalaureate are firstly, its unequivocal global perspective – absolutely vital in today’s world – and its broad-ranging curriculum, equally vital for young people facing the certainty of an uncertain world. Furthermore, the IB represents a philosophy which permeates through any school, embracing ideas and having a compulsory philosophy course at its heart; it is no mere examination system, it is an education in itself.”

The full table of IB score analysis is listed by Education Advisers on its www.baccalaureate.eu.com and www.best-schools.co.uk websites.

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