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The future is bright for Gresham’s IB pupils

Pupils at Gresham’s School in Holt are looking forward to taking up university places they have worked hard for after receiving their International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma results.

The Class of 2017, a cohort of 31 pupils, achieved a fantastic 100% pass rate.  The average point score of 33 places the pupils ahead of the global average of 30 points.  Most will now begin their undergraduate courses at top UK universities including London School of Economics and Political Science, Durham, University College London, King’s College London, Bath, Warwick and Exeter with some studying overseas at universities in USA, Canada, The Netherlands, Germany, and Hong Kong.

Boarder Seb Florax, from King’s Lynn, scored 39 points (equivalent to three A*s and one A at A-level) securing his place at Durham University to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics.  Seb, who joined Gresham’s Prep in Year 7, intends travel to South America to enjoy a gap year; he has plans to learn Spanish and to meet up with other former Gresham’s pupils.

Arriving at school to collect his results, Seb was delighted with the outcome of what he described as “hard word and plenty of commitment to study.”  Seb added: “I chose the IB as it was the right fit for me.  It was great to have a choice between A-levels and the IB, which offered a wider range of subject combinations.”

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) was introduced to Gresham’s in 2007, and has proved increasingly popular with pupils, who have achieved outstanding results.

Gresham’s Headmaster, Douglas Robb, welcomed the results and said: “I am very proud of this year’s IB cohort.  Their hard work has been duly rewarded and I wish them all the very best for a successful future as they head off well equipped and prepared for the demands of university life.”

Gresham’s, the only school in Norfolk to offer the IBDP, has swiftly gained an international reputation as an IBDP centre of excellence, with pupils progressing to some of the world’s most prestigious academic institutions.

The School believes that the IBDP’s reputation for proven academic depth across a broad and innovative curriculum makes it an excellent academic programme for pupils should they wish to study for it and provides them with the intellectual, social, cultural and linguistic skills they need to succeed. In particular, as an academic qualification, the IBDP engenders a sense of internationalism and an awareness of global contexts, something that is increasingly valued by university admissions offices and employers in today’s global marketplace.

Gresham’s is now looking forward to receiving pupils’ GCSE and A level results later in the summer.