Why choose the International Baccalaureate Diploma? A very good question - and one that girls' school Redmaids' High " the only school in Bristol to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) - is more than qualified to answer.
Isabel Tobias, Headmistress, explains: “The IB Diploma burst onto the scene at Red Maids’ in 2009 as a choice alongside A Levels – we believe it provides the best of both worlds.
“A Levels are great for those who are ready to specialise, but the IB enables others to continue with a broader range of subjects while they are still thinking about the future.”
The school, which recently merged with nearby all-girls’ school Redland High to create Redmaids’ High School, has seen its students rise to the challenges of the IB programme.
Last year, Red Maids’ average points score of 37.6 (students are marked out of a maximum of 45 points) placed them well above the world average of 30.1. One Red Maid gained 44 points out of 45, ranking her in the top 0.5% of students worldwide.
Jon Cooper, the school’s IB Co-ordinator, said: “As an IB World School, our students become part of a global academic community. The IB stimulates cultural awareness and engagement with people of all backgrounds – which is more important than ever in today’s fast changing world.
“The IB Diploma is recognised around the world as excellent preparation for higher education, leading students onto some of the top UK universities and beyond.”
The combined IB and A Level attainment of last year’s Red Maids’ Sixth Form saw the girls earn a top 50 place amongst independent girls’ schools nationally.
For the IB alone, the students’ achievements ranked the school 5th in the Top Small Cohort IB Schools in the UK.
Find out more at the Redmaids’ High My IB Evening, Monday 27 June, with special guest Mike Nicholson, Director of Recruitment and Admissions from the University of Bath
Visit www.redmaids.co.uk for more information