There was early celebration today at The Portsmouth Grammar School as Sixth Form pupils studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) received the first examination results of the summer.

This year’s IB cohort achieved an average points score of more than 37 points compared with a worldwide average of 29 points. Impressively, half the pupils achieved scores of 40 points or more, equivalent at least to A*AA at A Level.

“I’m just amazed,” said Charlotte Phillips, who joined the Sixth Form from Christ the King School on the Isle of Wight and today gained an excellent score of 43 points.

“It was a big decision for Charlotte to come over from the island for Sixth Form,” said Mrs Phillips. “Over the two years she has been here we have seen her grow as a person and she has been incredibly happy. The results today are just excellent, she has worked very hard and I’m so pleased for her.”
Charlotte will be going to Bristol University to read Politics and International Relations.

“The breadth of 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 Headmaster, James Priory. “The pupils and staff have worked incredibly hard for these results today and we are very proud of their achievements.”

Also receiving her results today was Grace Goodfellow who has been at PGS since Reception. Grace is heading to Oxford University to read French and Linguistics having achieved 40 points, including four Higher Level subjects rather than the usual three. “I can’t believe that I have been at PGS for 14 years,” said Grace. “I’m really happy and relieved that it has gone so well today. It has been an amazing two years in the Sixth Form and I can’t wait to go to Oxford, especially as I get to go with my best friend!” Grace’s friend and fellow IB graduate, Caleb Barron, also achieved 40 points and will be reading History and English at Oxford University.

A third IB pupil who today secured his place at Oxford to read History and Economics is Sam Rush, achieving a superb 42 points. “I am just very relieved to have these results,” said Sam. “Now I can enjoy the rest of the summer and get ready for university.”

Lizzy Greenfield and Katie Morrison, along with Charlotte, also joined PGS for Sixth Form and are excited to have secured their chosen university places. Lizzy will be studying Medicine at University College, London after gaining 40 points. “I think my Mum was more nervous about today than me,” she said. “I’m just really thrilled with the results and looking forward to university.”

Katie Morrison, who moved to Emsworth from the United States before starting at PGS and who was House Captain in her final year, said, “I’ve had an amazing two years here. I’ve made some friends for life and today has been great.” Katie achieved 40 points and will be continuing her studies at Durham University. Senior Prefect, Robert Merriam, was also delighted to have secured a place to read English at Edinburgh University with a score of 42 points.

“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.”