Students excel at A-level alternative

Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School headteacher Stephen Box
Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School headteacher Stephen Box

A grammar school’s sixth form students have once again scored 100% on a prestigious diploma qualification.

Teenagers at the Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School in Aylesbury have been celebrating their International Baccalaureate Diploma results, which trumped the world wide pass rate of 80%.

The school’s highest achiever was Liora Michlin with 42 points, meaning she comfortably exceeded the offer she received from Oxford University.

Her score was equivalent to three A*s and three A grades at A-level.

The IB Diploma programme is an academically challenging and balanced programme which culminates in exams that prepare student aged 16 to 19 for success at university and beyond.

During the two-year alternative to A-levels, students take six subjects while having to produce a university-style extended essay, learn about theory of knowledge and several hours activities that are creative, physical and serve the community.

Headteacher Stephen Box said: “Once again, we have produced IB results that are well above the world-wide average.

“Our staff have very quickly adapted to the rigorous demands of the programme and are confident that our IB students have a great future ahead of them.

“This year we have a number of students taking online courses – including one in Mandarin – where they are taught in virtual classrooms with classmates from around the world.”

The Oxford Road school is the only educational establishment to offer the qualification throughout the whole of Bucks.

It is regarded by universities and employers as the best qualification available to sixth formers in the UK.