Over 200 students have attained the IB Diploma at Taunton School since we became an IB World School in 2007, and the cohort of 2016 produced some wonderful results.
Twenty six students passed the Diploma with an average score per candidate of 33 points and almost all of them met the offer conditions for their first-choice university.
Head Boy Liam Travers, a scholarship recipient from Hemyock, scored a massive 43 points out of a possible 45 and is looking forward to taking up his place at LSE to study Geography. 43 IB points is equivalent to 5 A Levels – 3 x A* and 2 x A.
Hera Bradly, our Head Girl, from Minehead, was one of four students who obtained a very impressive 39 points. Hera met her offer to study Medicine at UCL – one of the most competitive courses in the country.
Other successful IB candidates are moving on to study at Bristol, Cardiff and East Anglia as well as universities in Europe and North America. Several are embarking on gap years, and one German student will be taking up a prestigious BMW internship.
IB Coordinator, Mr Martin Bluemel said:
I am very pleased with this, our ninth set of Diploma results. IB has become a distinctive part of what Taunton School is about and our students, whether they hail from near or far, have once again impressed me with their willingness to aim high and extend themselves beyond the confines of a ‘normal’ sixth form curriculum.
Taunton School Headmaster, Mr Lee Glaser said:
These results show that our students are working at a very high standard. I am extremely proud of their efforts and also of the efforts of their teachers and the support they have provided, throughout this academically challenging course. Taunton School is driving forward in line with its vision of excellence and we look forward to news of further successes later this summer.
The IB Diploma is one of three Sixth Form routes available to Taunton School students, along with A Levels and BTEC Sports and Exercise Science. Students have a free choice of pathway and whilst there is no ‘typical’ IB student, those who choose IB enjoy its breadth and global perspective, as well as the opportunities it offers for making links between subjects.
The Diploma Programme consists of nine elements: six academic subjects and three core components called Theory of Knowledge, the Extended Essay, and a self-development course called Creativity, Activity and Service.