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The Sunday Times IB School of the Year 2020

From the Headmaster, Mr Oakes:

I am delighted to announce that today Dartford Grammar School has been notified that we are once again The Sunday Times IB School of the Year. This national award is given by the Sunday Times after ranking the top achieving schools in the country by results in the summer examinations. The award is endorsed by these comments from Alastair McCall, Editor of The Sunday Times Schools Guide, Parent Power:

 “It is hard to win one of our School of the Year awards once. To do so twice in four years is exceptional, but Dartford Grammar made an unanswerable case this year with IB results that surpassed all previous achievements.

 They ranked the school fourth in the country for state sector sixth-form outcomes with all this achieved in a school committed to social mobility, born of its mixed intake. This is no bastion of educational privilege, but one that has achieved its notable success through hard work, inspired teaching and free-thinking. It is one of the country’s truly exceptional schools – and one to be treasured.”

 We are delighted to see the School get this kind of external recognition and to have won this twice in four years is gratifying, but of course I know how hard our students and staff work to achieve these results. The last academic year was remarkable, with excellent results at both GCSE and IB Diploma levels, and this national accolade sits alongside an equally remarkable year outside academic studies, which pays testimony to the capacity and ambitions of our students. It was also a year where we have been able to offer more students than ever the opportunity to experience an international secondary education.

To re-cap, the 2019 IB Diploma results were outstanding. The average point score was 36.9 points, being the highest achieved by students at the school and well above the world average of 29.6. Three of the School’s leavers achieved a perfect score of 45 points, setting them among just 214 students of the 167,000 taking the Diploma worldwide to have achieved this remarkable result. 100% of our cohort gained the Diploma. The GCSE results were also exceptional, and showed an Attainment 8 total of 74.1.

We have offered the IB Diploma exclusively since 2009 and we now have more students than ever studying this challenging programme. We believe that the IB sets a philosophy which rises above the educational malaise in this country: the IB Diploma is a programme where the journey is just as important as the destination and there are few people, once they understand the spread and challenges of an IB education, who would not agree that this is what real education should look like.

I hope you will join me in celebrating this prestigious award which recognises the outstanding achievements of our whole school community.

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