School which scrapped A-Levels celebrates record results

The Birmingham Mail is reporting that a local school which scrapped teaching A-Levels in favour of the International Baccalaureate is celebrating record results…

King Edward’s School in Edgbaston is understood to be the only school in the city to have entirely dropped traditional A-Levels and replaced them with the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma…

The IB, for 16 to 19-year-olds, sees students being assessed with exams at the end of a two-year period and is marked out of a maximum total of 45 points,

At KES, a fee-paying grammar school, three of its pupils – Oliver Bealby-Wright, Aleksandar Duvnjak and Harrison Shaylor – have this year clinched the top score of 45 points. Just 160 students out of 141,831 across the world who sat the diploma managed to clinch full marks.

Across the school, the average pupil scored 39 – up 2.2 points compared to the average of 36.8 points last year…

The results revealed that 43 per cent of the school’s IB cohort attained scores of 40 points or above – the equivalent of more than four A*s at A-Level.

Chief Master John Claughton said the school’s decision to replace A-Levels with the IB five years ago had paid off.

“These are truly exceptional results, better than anything we might have hoped for,” he added. “These results are a giant leap forward and will place us amongst the very best IB schools not only in this country, but also in the world…

“The move to the IB Diploma in September 2010 was, in itself, a major step and, five years on, we feel that these results show that it was the right decision.

“These boys are getting a real, broad, intellectual education and coming out with world-class results…”

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Sounds like this has worked out well for KES – are you aware of other schools that have gone completely down the IB route? Any state schools?

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