Recent research shows that an IB student is more likely to stay at university as they have been so well educated in the type of study that will equip them effectively for student life after school. It is interesting to read Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, president of the Royal Society recently arguing that:
‘Britain is at risk of falling behind other nations by holding onto the qualifications, which encourage teenagers to specialise in a small number of subjects,’ which is one reason the IB is such a successful course. He added “Our narrow education system, which encourages early specialisation, is no longer fit for purpose in an increasingly interdisciplinary world. Many countries have moved, or are moving, towards a broader and more diverse curriculum in order to equip the next generation with a skill set they will need.
The IB programmes on offer at Dane Court encourage a wide skill set in a world where many will have a series of careers in their lifetime. Sir Venki commented that career paths are changing and “we need to change expectations of what a person's 'career' - or perhaps 'careers' is more accurate - will look like.”
Read the full article by Sir Venki on the Times Educational Supplement website.
More evidence of the exceptional value and versatility offered by the International Baccalaureate can be found in the annual University Admissions Officers Report for 2017 published by IBSCA.
The Dane Court sixth form experience includes extensive participation in extra-curricular activities; something that is encouraged hugely at the heart of both the IBDP and IBCP. Visits to New York, Iceland, Namibia, France, Germany and Stratford upon Avon are also available for students. There are field trips and extensive cultural excursions to support the curriculum for all Year 12 students.
The Dane Court sixth form experience includes extensive participation in extra-curricular activities and this lies at the heart of the IBDP and IBCP. Visits to New York, Iceland, Namibia, France, Germany and Stratford upon Avon are also available for students. There are field trips and cultural excursions to support the curriculum for all Year 12 students.
Dane Court sixth form is a thriving section of the school with its own identity, and yet sixth form students are also very much involved with younger students through the House system, which is central to the school and fosters a strong sense of belonging.
We have worked hard to earn our 'outstanding' reputation (Ofsted 2007) and a visit to the school to meet staff and students will, we hope, leave you in no doubt that our reputation is well deserved.
Head of Sixth Form