Sixth form students at Dane Court Grammar School celebrated as they received the results of their International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations. Headteacher Andrew Fowler said, “We are delighted that our students have excelled, reaching and exceeding their own ambitious targets. I am very proud of all our students and I congratulate them and their teachers on their success.”
The pass rate for the IB Diploma at Dane Court this year was 99%, and the average number of IB points achieved was 33. To gain the equivalent UCAS points at A level, students would need to get more than three A* grades. The International Baccalaureate, a qualification recognised worldwide, is now well-established as the sixth form curriculum at Dane Court Grammar School. Employers and universities regard it as the ‘gold standard’ in academic achievement. To gain the International Baccalaureate Diploma, students study a broad range of six subjects, including three in great depth, as well as a demanding core skills package. Among the highest achievers this year are Daniel Van Hinsbergh, Prudence Vary, Alice Rawson, Esme Votta, Megan Jackson, Daniel Goodbourn, Amy Napier, Ben Parsons, and Martin Docherty.
Dane Court Grammar School students are now set for places at top universities, including Oxford, Bath, Bristol, Durham, Exeter, London and Kent. Others are taking up apprenticeships in engineering or sport, and some have already accepted offers of employment. Annie Hale, Head of Sixth, said, “These results represent the fruit of hard work by all the students, some of whom have overcome significant personal difficulties. We are incredibly proud of them.”
Michael Northey, KCC Deputy Cabinet member for Education, was also at Dane Court Grammar School to congratulate the students. Supported by KCC and Dane Court Grammar School, the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme is spreading to more schools in Kent. This unique programme combines vocational and academic studies.
Dane Court Grammar School welcomes prospective sixth form students to start International Baccalaureate courses this September. Interested students who have not already applied should call the school on 01843 864941 or contact Head of Sixth Form, Annie Hale.