IB and GCSE students celebrate outstanding results

Posted: 5th July 2022

A pathway to top universities

This summer saw Westbourne IB2 students achieve outstanding IB Diploma exam results, securing them entry into the country’s highest ranking universities.

Exceptional Sixth Form results saw students embark on a range of competitive undergraduate courses at leading Russell Group universities including University College LondonKing’s College London, Durham University, the University of Bristol, and Queen Mary University of London.

At GCSE, pupils also achieved a sweep of exceptional results, with 100% A*-C in all core subjects, 73% A*/A (9-7), and 50% A* (9/8).

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IB2 students at a recent end of exams dinner

Huge congratulations to all of our students on this milestone achievement. Stand-out performances at IB came from Head Pupil Mia, who achieved a formidable 44 IB points, ranking in the top 1% of students worldwide. She will now study Medicine at university.

Mia said: “Westbourne has been a very large part of my life since I was three years old and has been the place where I’ve met the closest people to me. The teachers have been wonderful and the school has provided a great place for personal growth.”
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Alongside Mia, local students Abi and Isabella have also secured outstanding results that satisfy the grades requirement for entry to the University of Oxford. Head Pupil Abi will study Business at the University of Bath, while Isabella wants to focus on her thriving online business in her gap year.

Chelger, who joined Westbourne from Malaysia for Sixth Form study, attained 40 IB points (the A Level equivalent of 4 A*s) and will begin a degree in Law at Durham University in September. He agreed that the school’s smaller, close-knit environment has supported him to excel academically.

He said: “Westbourne is a really supportive community, which has helped me to adapt to a new environment while also providing top tier education.”
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Head Pupil Morgan: “Being a student at Westbourne meant so much to me, it almost felt like I was part of a family. The teachers were extremely supportive as well as my amazing classmates I was fortunate enough to study alongside. The small teacher to student ratio was really impactful.”
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Thomas received all five UCAS offers including an unconditional offer from Aberystwyth to read Physical Geography. He said of his Westbourne experience:

“Every person I have met during my time at Westbourne has been kind, supportive and motivating. I feel that Westbourne has prepared me for whatever comes next in life and has shown me just what I can do when I try my best.”
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Westbourne Ambassador Jayendra said: “Westbourne has been great fun, with a lot of new experiences and exposure to different cultures. It has been fantastic to start to develop a network at a young age.”
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Stand-out performances at GCSE

Year 11 student Mayra, who skipped Year 9 to start her GCSEs a year early, achieved an exceptional 13 A* grades, six of which were the highest grade 9s, plus a Distinction in Further Maths, including four A* grades achieved last year.

She said: “I have loved every second at Westbourne School. The welcoming and friendly environment meant that I easily integrated into my year group. Thank you so much to not only the teachers, but all of the staff who have supported me and made my time at Westbourne unforgettable.”

Mayra in the science lab

Other stand-out performances at GCSE came from aspiring doctor Priya, whose results included eight A* grades and a Distinction in Further Maths, as well as Oscar, who achieved an exceptional exceptional six A* grades, three A grades, and a Distinction in Further Maths. A student at Westbourne since Prep School, Oscar sat his GCSEs a year early.

Priya said: “I’m really proud and relieved that all my hard work during these difficult years has paid off and grateful for all my teachers’ help. I can’t wait to start the IB in September!”

A global qualification

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is internationally recognised for its academic rigour, and produces knowledgeable, well-rounded students with a global outlook. Students study a broad range of subjects across the sciences and humanities, as well as papers in the Theory of Knowledge and a challenging, research-based Extended Essay that gives them the edge when applying to university.

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“We are immensely proud of the achievements of all of our students this summer, at IB Sixth Form level as well as GCSE. Whilst GCSE grades indicate a student’s academic potential and promise at Sixth Form, our IB results provide a springboard to studying at some of the world’s most prestigious universities. Not only have these students excelled in completing the IB Diploma programme, which is universally acknowledged as a challenging yet extremely rewarding academic programme, they have also developed essential skills and attitudes – leadership, confidence, resilience and global mindedness to name only a few – which will support them in making a real impact on the world.”
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