Further IB successes for DGS in 2018
For only the second time in our history this year’s cohort of 317, our largest ever, have broken the 36 APS barrier, securing an outstanding set of IB diploma results. 45 points was achieved by 5 students, previous record was 3, achieved by Mereido Fajardo, Lucas Gurney, Archie Hayton, Lili Kramer and Esther Adeyemi. Mereida is an interesting story. Mereida (like Lili from Prendergast School in Lewisham) joined us from a non-selective school after her GCSEs, and she has just collected her results and received spontaneous cheers and applause from the year 12s, such is the strength of the IB community. She wanted us to know ‘I’m speechless, thrilled and also surprised. All my teachers have been brilliant and I’m really grateful for the support I’ve received here’. Archie and Lucas are local Dartford boys who have benefitted from a 7 year IB education at Dartford Grammar School and Esther made the brave, but wise decision, to leave A levels behind and cross the educational chasm dividing us from a local Girls school. A further 5 students achieved 44 points, all of them local Dartford boys that started at the school in 2011.
John Oakes, Headmaster said “I am absolutely delighted, once again, with this set of examination results. In a time when schools are dropping A-levels and narrowing futures, our students have continued to see the benefits of an academically broad, challenging and international curriculum. The whole school community should be proud of these truly remarkable results. Only through hard work and dedication are world-class outcomes achieved and our students and staff deserve huge praise. These results from a very large number of sixth form students place the school, once again, as one of the very best schools in the world and the vast majority of our students will now be joining many of the country’s top universities. All 10 Oxbridge candidates have secured their targets and will commence study in September. A further delight of an IB education is the ambition that it generates in young people, challenging them to succeed in rigorous academic courses at the very best universities, for example 27 of this year group with be continuing their studies at Warwick University in the next academic year”
In September 2009, Dartford Grammar School replaced A-levels with the IB Diploma for its Sixth Form provision and has thrived ever since. The breadth, depth and challenge of the IB Diploma is unrivalled in this country and we believe sets our students up for further success in higher education and beyond. The additional challenge (and expense) of providing a full time sixth form education to such large numbers of students is all worthwhile and a fitting reward when we witness so many success stories.
Number of candidates in Year 13 = 317 (highest number by a considerable margin)
Number of candidates with 45 points = 5 (previous highest = 3)
Number of candidates with 44 / 45 points = 10 (highest number)
APS = 36.1(2nd highest ever)