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Redmaids’ High School celebrate 10 years of offering the IB Diploma

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma is one of the most prestigious and well-recognised sixth-form qualifications in the world, and one which was spearheaded in Bristol by Redmaids’ High School.

The all-girls school, based in Westbury-on-Trym, became accredited as an IB World School in 2008 and now looks back over its first 10 years of teaching the IB Diploma.

Jon Cooper, Assistant Head and IB Co-ordinator, said: “At Redmaids’ High, sixth-form students have two choices. They either study three or four A-levels alongside an additional qualification to give focus and breadth, or they study the IB Diploma which includes three standard and three higher-level subjects, giving depth and breadth in one holistic programme.

“Around a third of our sixth-form cohort year-on-year take up the IB and the two programmes run seamlessly, often complementing each other.”

Between 2012 and 2017, the number of IB programmes offered worldwide increased by 39.3%. And now, with 50 years’ worth of alumni, we are likely to hear more stories that highlight the success of the programme. Notable IB graduates include White House ambassadors, astronauts and even the Prime Minister of Canada.

So what does this mean for anyone considering their post-16 study options? “I would urge people to seriously think about the IB Diploma,” said Mr Cooper. “Universities and businesses increasingly want agile thinkers who are confident with in-depth independent assignments as well as collaborative, thought-provoking projects. The IB Diploma can definitely help with this and I believe that it will continue to gain strength and popularity as an educational pathway.”

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