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College students top of the baccalaureate class

By Bridgwater Times  |  Posted: July 14, 2011

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FIFTEEN students at Bridgwater College celebrated after they all passed the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD).

Meanwhile the college celebrated the news it is the highest achieving state school in The Times IBD league table.

The group, who studied the programme for two years, received their results ahead of A-level students, which means the vast majority can confirm their university places.

The IBD is a highly challenging course and means students are required to study six subjects, which usually include English, maths, a science, a humanities subject, a language and an art subject, as well as a core of activity which includes an extended essay and creativity, action and service.

Students achieve a maximum seven points per subject.

At Bridgwater College, the average total points achieved was 34.2 out of 45, compared to the IB World Standard of 29.6 points.

Furthermore, 52 per cent of the individual subject results were achieved at the highest grades of 6 and 7 (equivalent to A* or A at A-level) compared with the World Standard of 27 per cent.

Neil Punnett, head of access, science and humanities at the college, said: "These are really outstanding results, placing Bridgwater College in the top six IB schools in the UK, according to the results table published in The Times newspaper.

"I congratulate every student, the tremendous success achieved by this year's group of students is testament to their hard work and to the dynamic and inspirational teaching that they have received."

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