As the 50th anniversary year of the International Baccalaureate draws to a close and pupils prepare their university applications, St. Edward’s, Oxford (Teddies) reports a 27 percent increase in those who’ve chosen the rigorous IB qualification from 2016 -18.
With Brexit in the background, the school, which has taught the internationally recognised IB for a decade alongside A-levels, believes many parents, pupils and admissions directors see a good IB score as a passport for international study and springboard for further education.
The broad-entry independent school in Oxford believes the IB holds increasing appeal to its pupils, which represent some 40 different nationalities, who increasingly see themselves as ‘global citizens’. It also believes its broad academic, cultural and public service focus demonstrates an ‘extra dimension’ to higher education admissions departments.
Those who celebrated high point scores when they received their IB results last year ended up studying subjects from international relations to medicine at world renowned universities including Oxford, St. Andrews, Imperial, Berkeley, UCLA and Amsterdam University College.
Indeed, some admissions heads from Kings College London and Exeter University have voiced their support for the qualities the IB develops in its pupils.
Fifth form students at Teddies are already starting a series of up to 20 meetings with pastoral and academic staff to discuss their learning style and time management skills before they choose their sixth form options. Meanwhile, the school is also offering two free day places to state school pupils who don’t currently have the opportunity to study for the qualification in Oxfordshire.