Sixth Form students at Dane Court Grammar School celebrated impressive successes today.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), which is the world’s foremost academic qualification for 18 year-olds, requires students to study a balanced diet of six subjects, three at higher level. The programme also includes a 4,000 word research project and 150 hours of creativity, activity and service.
Headteacher Andrew Fowler praised the hard work and dedication of all the students in the school’s sixth form: “This demanding qualification equips students in Thanet for lifelong success and enjoyment of learning across the world. No other qualification comes near it for the global opportunities it opens up to our students. I hugely respect our students for their courage and vision, and congratulate them on their astounding success. They have been very well supported by their teachers and parents. The great feature of the IB is that, although it is undoubtedly ambitious, it is also accessible to all students in Thanet: we have courses here for everyone.” These excellent results came in the same week that Dane Court was dubbed the ‘Top secondary school in Thanet’ in data produced by the Department for Education, recognising the school’s performance across a range of measures including student progress, academic success and attendance
The International Baccalaureate Diploma is graded out of 45 points, where 33 points would be the equivalent of 3 A* grades at A level. Top performing students at Dane Court this year include Esme Atkinson (42 points: heading to Cambridge University to read Geography); Siobhan Corby Tobin (43 points: Philosophy at Cambridge); Ronan Docherty (40 points: Physics at Imperial College, London); Niamh Houlihan (40 points: History at Durham); Dan Majd (40 points: Natural Sciences at Imperial College, London); Niamh McHugh (41 points: Biological Sciences at Liverpool); Megan Tudor (40 points: History at Exeter); Jack Walton, with an amazing 44 points (Exeter University to read English); and Sophie Wise (Geography at Cambridge).
Annie Hale, Head of Sixth Form, commented that, “These fabulous International Baccalaureate grades come as little surprise: they are the result of considerable effort by our students over the past two years and I would like to join with the staff of Dane Court to congratulate all our year 13 students, who have achieved so highly in this prestigious and demanding qualification. We are truly proud of their achievements.”
Our International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) students achieved a 86% pass rate. To gain this pioneering qualification students studied a suite of IB Diploma subjects that complimented their vocational studies, completed a project about an ethical issue, a Japanese cultural enrichment course, as well as a 50 hours community service project.
Top performing IBCP students at Dane Court this year are: Lily Anderson (16 points: Apprenticeship in travel conservation), Morgan Lawrence (16 points: Early Childhood Studies at Christchurch University), Luke Powell (19 points: Sports Psychology at Bournemouth), Thomas Skinner (21 points: Accountancy at Sussex),
Melissa Linton, Deputy Head of Sixth Form, commented that, “Our IBCP students fully deserve these excellent results. They are a very dynamic group of young adults who are academically and vocationally strong, and are well prepared for university study or the apprenticeship routes they have achieved. I wholeheartedly congratulate everyone on the programme and wish them the best for the future.