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Hear from the Principal 08.07.22

It has been another busy fortnight at the College, and I am delighted to be able to share more positive news with you from the main College and Sixth Form.


The results are in…

I’m thrilled to share that 100% of our Sixth Form students passed their International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) with an average point score of 36, beating the global average of 31.98. A fantastic 35% of our DP students also attained 40 points or more – this is the equivalent to four A*s at A Level; an incredible accomplishment. These achievements have secured 98% of our students places at universities of choice; four of whom will be attending The University of Cambridge and The University of Oxford in September and 36% of our cohort will be heading to Russell Group universities. Read more here.

These results reflect the hard work, dedication and commitment of our students during a challenging two years and I am tremendously proud – they deserve every point.

Turing the world

This month has seen our largest number of international trips, funded by the Turing Scheme, depart for countries as varied as Germany, Peru, and Botswana. As the end of the academic year draws closer, I am thrilled to share that more than 800 of our students have been able to travel abroad this year; international travel forms a fundamental part of the curriculum at the College and it has been a pleasure to see the positive impact of each trip on our students.


Following Paddington Bear’s starring role in Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, our students had the pleasure of visiting the beloved bear’s home country, Peru, last month.

After arriving in Arequipa, and exploring the UNESCO World Heritage site, our students gained valuable service learning experience within the Maldonado community. From teaching English to other students, to working on a community garden and creating the foundations for a new classroom, our students have gained lasting memories of the country. It has been heart-warming to see the photos and videos shared by our students, and their teachers, from their visit. It is clear to see how much they enjoyed this once in a lifetime opportunity.


Our own Ms Wilson previously taught at an IB World School in Botswana. So, this trip was a welcome chance for her to showcase her former home country to our students, who greatly enjoyed learning about her experience, and visiting her old classroom.

The Mokolodi Nature Reserve was a popular destination for our students, who enjoyed spending time in nature and learning more about the biodiversity in South Africa – including the local wildlife, such as giraffes and leopards!


In addition to visiting towns and cities further afield, our students have also been able to experience the wonders of Göttingen, host to the renowned International Handel Festival. During the visits to Germany, each student has been able to spend time exploring the cultural and historical cities, enhancing their understanding of European history and strengthening their language skills. I know that there are many of your children who are eager to return!

You can stay updated on our students’ adventures by following the College on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

July 8, 2022