Bedford Girls’ School students excel in International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

Bedford Girls' School, IB Oxbridge students.

Bedford Girls' School, IB Oxbridge students.

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Bedford Girls’ School has announced an excellent set of International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme results.

With an average score of 37.5 points, the students have far exceeded the international average of 29.8 points.

More than 70% of the higher level subjects were awarded a grade 6 or 7, which is the equivalent of an A or A* at A-Level.

Six students recorded over 40 points, out of a possible 45, and three students achieved an impressive 43 points, placing them in the top 1% of IB students worldwide.

Three students – Rebecca Swaney, from Maulden, along with Juliet Allen and Esther Platt both from Bedford, have achieved the required points to take up Oxbridge places, whilst their peers are accepting places at leading universities.

Headmistress Jo MacKenzie said: “I am thrilled with the results and extremely proud of our students.

“The IB diploma is a rigorous qualification which demands huge dedication and hard work from the students and their teachers. These strong results reflect how, with this degree of commitment, our girls are able to attain high levels of achievement.

“As our IB results continue to go from strength to strength, Bedford Girls’ School is embedding its reputation as a leading school for the IB Diploma in the UK. Our IB students leave us exceptionally well prepared to seize the opportunities of the wider world. We wish them well and look forward to watching them succeed.”

The IB Diploma is an internationally recognised qualification, increasingly favoured by universities and businesses alike.

Students are required to study six subjects including English, Mathematics, a science, a language and a humanities subject. Students also complete an extended essay, study Theory of Knowledge and undertake a range of community and extra-curricular activities as an integral part of the Diploma.

In May 2015 more than 140,000 students sat the IB Diploma worldwide.