There was an air of celebration at The Portsmouth Grammar School this morning as Sixth Form pupils studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) received their examination results.

This year’s IB cohort achieved an average points score of more than 38 points compared with a worldwide average of 29 points. Over two-thirds of pupils achieved scores of over 40 points, equivalent at least to A*AA at A Level, making it one of the most successful set of results for the IB since PGS launched the Diploma 9 years ago.

“It’s amazing,” said Libby Young, who joined the Sixth Form from Portsmouth High School and today gained an excellent 44 points, securing her place to read History at Girton College, Cambridge. “I’ve had a wonderful time here. Everyone was so welcoming and I’m really delighted with my results.”

“The breadth of the courses and universities our IB pupils are going on to underlines the value of continuing with a broad range of subjects at Sixth Form,” said Head, James Priory. “The pupils and staff have worked incredibly hard for these results and we are overjoyed at their achievements.”

Also receiving results today were Patrick Caldwell, who came through the Junior School, and Catherine Leung who joined PGS in Year 7, both will be going on to read Medicine at Birmingham and Leicester respectively. Patrick, who gained 41 points, is looking forward to now relaxing over the summer, “I am really pleased with my results today and it’s such a relief to get them so early in the summer.” Catherine, who achieved 40 points, echoed Patrick’s relief: “I am so happy with my results, I’ve loved my time here and everyone has been so supportive.”

Affirming the global values of the IB, Olivia Watkins goes to Edinburgh University to read Arabic, Mia Austin will read Liberal Arts with study abroad at Bristol University and Jasmine Foxall, whose father was also a pupil at PGS, is excited to be reading European, Political and Social Studies at University College London.

Shree Patel, following her sister Shivani who was also an IB pupil at PGS, achieved a fantastic 43 points which takes her to read Philosophy at the University of St Andrews.Thomas White, who joined PGS from Meoncross School, was also celebrating achieving 41 points today which he was delighted will enable him in his aspiration to become an architect.  

“The rounded philosophy of the IB Diploma helps our pupils to think about where they want to be in the future,” concludes James Priory. “We like to think about where our pupils aspire to be at 25 and the IB really helps them set a course. We wish them all the very best for the future.”