IB Diploma students celebrate top results

A group of talented students who have achieved 40 points or more points in the International Baccalaureate at Truro College are celebrating their superb results.

A group of talented students who have achieved 40 points or more points in the International Baccalaureate at Truro College are celebrating their superb results.

The International Baccalaureate, also known as the ‘IB Diploma,’ is an alternative to A Levels where all students study a broad range of subjects, and it is often a good route into some of the top universities.

Out of a possible 45 points in all, 40 points on the IB is equivalent in UCAS points to more than four A*s at A Level, or more than five A grades at A Level.

25% of the IB students at Truro College achieved 40 or more points this year—14 out of the 57 who received their results.

In the ‘40 Club’ at Truro College this year were: Alice Holian, Alexandra Kirkwood, Amelia Lytham, Roisin McCay-Hines, Yasmin Michaels, and Edward Polglase with 40 points; Shosha Adie, Maxwell Harrison, and Francesca Hume with 41 points; Fiona Chegwidden, Philip Crawley, and Morwenna Craze with 42 points; Elynor Moore with 43 points, and Lowenna Ovens with 44 points.

Lowenna Ovens from Truro, who previously went to Truro High School, was top student in the year in achieving 44 points—equal to nearly five A*s at A Level. She is now going to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford.

On the International Baccalaureate every student does English, Maths, a Science, a Humanity, a foreign language, and one other option, as well as additional components and an extended essay. It is recognised by all UK universities as well as internationally.

Alice Holian from Truro previously went to Truro High School and got 40 points in the IB. She said: “It feels pretty good. I’m really happy about it. The IB has so much variety. All the hard work is worth it. I’m now going to Bristol to study Law.”

Fiona Chegwidden from Truro previously went to Richard Lander and got 42 points. She said of her success: “It’s really good. I’m now taking a year off to consider what I’d like to do next. I’d like to thank all my teachers. The world’s my oyster thanks to the IB. We’ve had to work hard, and everyone motivates each other. We’re a team.”

Morwenna Craze from Stithians, who previously went to Penair School, scored 42 points. She said: “You work so hard, but when it happens and you’ve done it, you can’t quite believe it. The IB is great, it’s a community of students, and the lecturers are a massive part of that, too. There’s a great support network. I’m really proud of everyone. Everyone has worked so hard. We inspire and encourage each other. Everyone is really invested in each other’s success.”

A total of 57 students completed the IB diploma at Truro College this year, with the average score of 36 points being equivalent to A*, A*, A, A, at A Level.

Caroline Keech, IB Co-ordinator at Truro College, said: “We are so incredibly proud of our IB candidates.  These excellent results once again demonstrate the huge effort, commitment and determination of our IB students. They are fully deserving of a huge amount of praise for doing so well on a demanding course. Whatsoever they choose to do next, they leave the Truro and Penwith College IB Diploma fantastically equipped to be enormously successful as undergraduates and in their working lives. We wish them all the very best for their bright futures.”