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Global success for IB students at Bristol Grammar School

Congratulations to the Bristol Grammar School Sixth Form students who received their International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma results on Wednesday (6 July).

The eighteen BGS students in this year’s cohort were among the 173,878 IB Diploma candidates across the world. Overall, the BGS cohort averaged 37 (out of a maximum of 45) points, significantly ahead of the global average of 31.98. An astonishing seven BGS students scored more than 40 points, placing them in the top 10% globally, three students scored 43 out of 45, achieved by only 2% of candidates across the world and one pupil achieved the top score of 45 which places him amongst the top fraction of a percent of all students globally.

Reflecting on the end of his IB experience and achieving 45 points, he said: “It’s been a really tough two years for all of us with everything we’ve been through but the grapes are sweet!”

With his IB success under his belt, he will now be taking up a place to study at Oxford.

The impressive results achieved by the BGS Sixth Formers are the culmination of two years of dedicated work by this fantastic group of students. As the first IB cohort in three years to complete in-person examinations, and having completed much of the course against the backdrop of COVID-related disruption, we are exceptionally proud of how they rose to the challenge, and delighted for them that their hard-work and perseverance has been so richly rewarded.

Bristol Grammar School’s IB Coordinator, Deputy Head Ben Schober commented:

“As a cohort they have come so far and made such amazing progress across the board. We have a set of results to be immensely proud of and a set of young people of whom we are equally proud. We are delighted to be able to celebrate these students’ achievements and we applaud their efforts.”

The IB is not, however, just about the top end scores. We are equally delighted by the individual success stories of students who have excelled in their favourite subject – be it German, Economics or Art – and by those who are the first in their family to attend university. All of these are achievements to be proud of and we celebrate them all.

“A challenging but really great experience” is how fellow IB student Kate summed up the IB. After BGS, Kate will be studying in Utrecht and she feels the IB has prepared her well for the next stage of her education, adding “I’m so proud of us all for coming out the other side and would like to thank Mr Schober and all the teachers for their support.”

The range of subjects studied by IB students at BGS is reflected in the diverse and exciting courses and locations they will be moving on to as they continue their education. Destinations cover Oxford, Utrecht, UCL, LSE and Manchester amongst others, while courses include International Relations and History; Arts and Sciences (with study abroad); English; Politics, Philosophy and Economics; Arabic; and a variety of multi-disciplinary courses, in keeping with the broad educational focus of the IB.

Director of Sixth Form Justin Harford summed up the students' IB experience saying:

“The IB prepares students excellently for Higher Education, thanks to its broad knowledge base and emphasis on critical thinking, collaborative working and global understanding. Alongside the hard graft, they have greatly enjoyed completing the qualification and there is a great sense of camaraderie within the cohort. It’s wonderful to see them all now ready for the next stage of their life beyond BGS.”

Well done to the BGS IB Class of 2022!

BGS IB Diploma results 2022