College ranks fifth in the country for IB success
Truro and Penwith College ranks fifth in the country according to The Sunday Times top state schools for International Baccalaureate. For a further education and tertiary college and a non-selective provider this is a genuinely remarkable achievement. IB results this year took the college to an even higher level with an average point score of 36 with top scorer gaining 44 points. The IB diploma has been offered at the college for over 12 years with over a 100 learners studying the programme at any one time. The college offers an outstanding enrichment programme to IB students including induction, residential, fundraising events and trips abroad.
The Baccalaureate is an alternative to A levels in which students take forward six subjects, including a science, a modern language, English and maths. Recent research has highlighted the particular success that IB students have in Higher Education with 5% more students achieving a first-class honours degree and 42% of students gaining places at top 20 UK universities.
Lily Robinson, International Baccalaureate studentsays:"I chose the IB because I didn't really know what I wanted to do and I couldn't narrow down my subjects to just four – I thought it would be a good idea to study the diploma because with the IB you can continue with Maths and English as well as choosing a Science, Humanities and Art, so I liked the all roundedness of it. There are so many other things that come with it such as a Swaziland trip, which is an amazing experience. ."
Second year student Jay Matyas says: "There's a broader area of subjects that we are able to learn, but not only that, the IB has the ability to not just teach facts of what's on the curriculum tested for an exam paper, I think it teaches you a lot more. It teaches you values, not what to think but how to think, which I really value. We have the opportunity to access other resources; the college is so grand, on a large scale, that we have access to so many other opportunities, other resources, so I think that it is part of the reason why the college is successful."
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David Walrond, college principal says: "The Sunday Times ranking and the students' feedback on their experiences of the IB here say most of what needs to be said. The national recognition is certainly a wonderful boost for the College staff and students who work in such an effective partnership, but what their excellent performance means in terms of student progression to the most selective universities is an even better story."