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Best ever IB successes in 2019

Dartford Grammar School students are celebrating outstanding IB Diploma results. Their average point score of 36.9 points is the highest achieved by students at the school and is well above the world average of 29.63.

Sarah Brett-Smith, Emma Tolhurst and Dan Bui all achieved a perfect score of 45 points. These results will take Sarah, who joined the sixth form from St Thomas More RC School in Eltham, to Durham to study English Literature. Emma, who joined us from Dartford Grammar School for Girls, will go to Oxford University to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics and Dan who joined us in Year 7 from The Gateway Primary School in Dartford, will go to Cambridge University to study Modern and Medieval Languages. They are part of a very select group of 214 out of the just over 160,000 students world-wide taking the IB Diploma this year, who achieved full marks.

Dan Bui said, ‘After two years of exciting academic challenges studying the IB, I'm really glad that the support from my teachers and all the revision paid off! Doing subjects I was deeply passionate about certainly helped me achieve in the IB and I'm excited to continue learning languages at university.’

Three other students, Chimdinma Okpalauko, Georgia Batcheldor and Antonio Mariani, gained 44 points. 26% of the cohort gained a world-class score of 40 points or more and 43% achieved 38 points or more (equivalent to 3 A* and an A at A level).

The IB Diploma continues to be a popular choice for aspirational, ambitious young people. All of our 295 students gained the prestigious IB diploma which requires success in English, Maths, a Science, a Foreign Language and a humanity. The students have also enjoyed a Creativity Activity and Service programme which includes service to the community. This demonstrates students’ versatility with the Diploma Programme preparing them for a wide range of opportunities in the future. 13 students have secured Oxbridge places and at least 15 will study Medicine or Dentistry, including 7 who will take up places at Imperial College, London.

Headmaster, John Oakes, said, ‘We were delighted in 2017 when the average point score reached 36 points. To have exceeded this is testament to the hard work of students, fine young people who understand the importance of an international curriculum, and to dedicated teachers who inspire them. We are very pleased that as a result of studying this rigorous and rewarding programme our students have been able to do so well and to gain places at so many top universities.’