Stonyhurst students excel in first Diploma results

Stonyhurst's IB diploma students relax after their studies

As results for the International Diploma Programme were published across the world, students at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire have been celebrating their successes. Exceeding last year’s world average of 30 points, IB diploma students at Stonyhurst achieved an average of 32 points.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a two-year educational programme  primarily aimed at students between the ages of 16 and 19. The programme is designed to give students a broad, well-rounded global education for the 21st century, and equip them with the skills needed by universities, employers and society.

As well as studying three subjects in depth and three more for breadth across a range of academic disciplines – including mathematics, science, languages, and humanities – IB students must complete an independent research essay of 4,000 words as well as completing a critical thinking course, Theory of Knowledge. They also undertake a programme of 150 hours of community service, physical activity and creativity.

Exceeding expectations

Of the 15 students who made up the College’s first-ever IB cohort, 67% scored at least 360 UCAS points, which is the equivalent of AAA at A-level. The highest scorer, Messalina Morley, achieved 38 points, a score achieved by 3.1% of the more than 50,000 IB diploma students worldwide in 2014. Eight students were awarded bilingual diplomas (English-French/German/Italian/Spanish).

"This is a very strong first set of IB results at Stonyhurst,” said Headmaster Andrew Johnson. “I am delighted that many of our candidates have very high scores, with a number of them exceeding expectations. Well done to all of our candidates who have done so well, and to their teachers, who went the extra mile to ensure students were superbly prepared. The IB diploma is going from strength to strength at Stonyhurst, with uptake having more than doubled over the past three years."

Students have already secured offers or are now in a position to apply for places to study a variety of subjects (from PPE to medicine) at a range of universities in the UK (including Russell Group) and throughout Europe and in the US.