The summer season of examination results at The Portsmouth Grammar School began today with the publication of the International Baccalaureate (IB) results. 

The total average of over 35 points across the cohort of 22 pupils is a fantastic achievement, with eight pupils achieving more than 38 points which is the equivalent of 3 A grades at A Level, and four gaining over 40 points. The most common subject grade for the pupils was a 6, which is the equivalent to an A grade at A Level.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma is a highly regarded Sixth Form programme in which pupils study a much broader range of six subjects including a foreign language, maths and at least one science subject.

“Our pupils, with the support of our staff, have worked incredibly hard to achieve these results,” said the Head, Dr Anne Cotton.  “The breadth of courses and universities our IB pupils are going on to underlines their creativity and the diversity of their interests, as well as their commitment to their studies.” 

Pupils will be going on to study courses ranging from subjects such as English, History, French and Psychology to others such as Business Economics, Urban Studies & Planning and Film at universities across the country. 

Amongst the successful pupils receiving their results today were Natasha Palfrey (pictured) who gained 43 points which takes her to Oxford to read Philosophy and French. “It has been quite stressful waiting for the results,” said Natasha. “I am so excited though and very happy!” Also gaining 43 points was Alice Leonard, who achieved 7 points in all her Higher Level subjects including English and Physics.

Kieran Elliott who achieved 41 points and is heading to Durham to read Modern Languages and Cultures joined PGS on a bursary for Sixth Form. “The only way I can really describe it is as a totally rewarding experience,” said Kieran. “The last two years have been great and I’m looking forward to what comes next.” 

Also receiving her results today was Trinity Goacher, the last of three Goacher sisters to come to PGS.  Trinity today found out she had not only achieved a fantastic 41 points, but had also been awarded a 7 for Higher Level Maths – arguably one of the toughest grades to achieve at IB.  Trinity will be going to Manchester to read History.  Emily Stone will be heading to Newcastle University to read Medicine and Nadia Vloemans will be going to University College London to read Medical Innovations.

“The rounded philosophy of the IB Diploma helps our pupils to think about where they want to be in the future,” concludes Anne Cotton.  “We like to think about where pupils aspire to be at 25 and not just at 18.  We are incredibly proud of their achievements.”