What is the IB Diploma?

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a high quality, broad, academically rigorous and internationally recognised qualification undertaken by over a million students in over 150 countries worldwide.

Universities in the UK and around the globe value the strength and depth of the the programme. It’s ‘much more than a qualification’, offering students the skills and attributes needed to ‘hit the ground running’ at university and in the workplace and allowing them to grow and develop in a successful, happy way.

Video content: An introduction to the IB Diploma from the IBO.

Read more: What is an IB education? IBO


The IB Diploma brings students the following advantages:

  • an international outlook

  • a positive attitude to independent learning

  • learning beyond traditional subjects

  • opportunities for in-depth enquiry

  • critical thinking skills

  • research-based learning skills

  • ability to think critically and challenge assumptions

  • university recognition of the level of challenges

  • ability to communicate internationally

  • an understanding of how they learn

Our current students and alumni talk about their experiences of the IB Diploma and the benefits it brings them here.

The statistics say…

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Research from HESA shows that IB students are more likely than their peers to succeed in gaining a place at one of the UKs top 20 universities, and have impressive outcomes at university. Some of the key findings include:

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You can read more of the HESA report here: Higher Education Statistics Agency Report 2016

Find out more about Tonbridge Grammar School exam results and university destinations here.

The universities say…

All UK universities accept, and in fact warmly welcome, applicants who have undertaken the IB Diploma. IB university entrance offers are always listed alongside the wide variety of other qualifications that universities accept.

Read more about the university perspective:

The world needs the International Baccalaureate Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor University of Buckingham, The Times, September 2018

The University Admissions Officers Report 2015, IBSCA.

Representatives from university admissions teams always come along to our Open Days and are available to talk with prospective students and their parents about why universities value the IB.

Presentation by Peter Fidzcuk, IB Development & Recognition Manager and Mike Nicholson, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, University of Bath at our recent Sixth Form Open Evening.

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Why Tonbridge Grammar School?

We have taught the IB Diploma here since 2005 and have a clear track record of supporting students to success. Having become an entirely IB Sixth Form in 2012 we were awarded the accolade of ‘IB School of the Year 2014’ as well as ‘State Secondary School of the Year’ by the Sunday Times.

The TGS average point score of 36 (out of a maximum of 45) puts the school well above the global average of 30, and UK average of 34.

What I see at Tonbridge is a commitment to world class academic standards with holistic enrichment so students can fulfill their true potential”.
— Adrian Kearney, Regional Director AEM, IBO

Our Students and Alumni say…

TGS Students and Alumni see the benefits of the IB during their study in the Sixth Form, during the university application process, and upon arrival at university they are able to 'hit the ground running'. Read more below: