Tonbridge Grammar School celebrates its largest ever success as 157 gain the prestigious IB Diploma

Sixth Form girls and boys and staff have a great deal to celebrate today as results for the International Baccalaureate Diploma are published across the world. 

The highest possible score of 45 points was achieved by Lydia Bunt who joins some 100 students only to achieve this exceptional score each year worldwide. Lydia will be going on to study Modern Languages at Cambridge. 

Four achieved 44 points, Teigan Berré (Cambridge – Psychological and Behavioural Sciences), Jennifer French (Warwick - Physics) and twins Dominic and Lucy White (Durham – Computer Science and Cambridge – Natural Sciences respectively).

Half the year group are celebrating point scores of 38 and above (equivalent to 4A* at A Level) and 85% of this year’s Diploma graduates achieved points totals that put them in the highest echelons of UK academic achievement (3A* at A Level).

The average point score achieved was 37; a significant uplift from an already strong record of achievement for the School that saw TGS named as IB School of the Year in 2014 by The Sunday Times.

The IB Diploma ensures a breadth of learning that delivers the skills needed by universities, employers and society in an increasingly global marketplace, with Diploma graduates gaining experience and knowledge in languages, social studies, the experimental sciences and mathematics. This year’s TGS young people are no exception with many moving on to some of the top UK universities, including at least 9 who have met their offers to start in September at Oxford or Cambridge.

The 157 girls and boys who completed the two-year course this year represent the largest ever number studying the Diploma since the School began offering the IB programme a decade ago. They have benefitted from the exceptionally wide range of courses available, including Japanese and Chinese, Computer Science, Environmental Systems and Societies and Film in addition to the more traditional choices of English, Mathematics, pure sciences, Arts subjects and European languages.

IB Diploma graduates also benefit from the early publication of results and many will have their university places confirmed in the next few days. This figure will rise over the coming weeks as decisions are made known. IB students are well-placed to take advantage of the excellent range of opportunities available through the UCAS systems.

Rosemary Joyce, Head Teacher, said

“These results are truly exceptional.  Our students really are to be congratulated for their outstanding achievement.  Not only are our Diploma students here amongst the very best in the world academically but, we know, their Diploma experience has equipped them academically and more broadly with the skills and qualities that universities and employers prize.  With the Diploma behind them our students really do have a competitive edge and can look forward to a bright future.  Congratulations also to the dedicated and inspirational team of staff who work tirelessly to support our students to such fantastic success.”

The Deputy Head, Pauline Bullen, Chair of the UK Association for IB Schools and Colleges, said:

“The IB Diploma Programme offers our young people an education not just a set of qualifications. Young women and men from TGS, like all Diploma graduates worldwide, share a global perspective and moral conscience to engage with genuine world issues. This is of particular significance at such an unsettling time when there is much instability and change within society and the future that confronts them.”