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Record-breaking 2018 IB & IGCSE academic success for Wellington pupils

27 August 2018
Wellington pupils who took their IBDP and IGCSE examinations last summer can be rightly proud of their extremely positive results. These were the best yet for the College. This makes for some truly impressive reading: IB
  • The IB cohort’s average score was 36.5.
  • The cohort average was significantly above the global average of 29.5.
  • All year 13 pupils who took the IB course gained the full Diploma.
  • At IGCSE, 75% of all IGCSE grades were A*/A.
  • 96% of all IGCSE grades were A*/B.
  • 47% of IGCSE grades were A*, making this the most common grade.
  • Year on year improvement was significant:
    • A*/A grades improved from 67% in 2017 to 75% in 2018.
    • A*/B grades improved from 85% in 2017 to 96% in 2018.
  Areas of particular excellence include mathematics and the sciences, as well as languages. In French, Mandarin IB ab initio and Chinese B (Chinese as a foreign language), all IB pupils scored 7. This success was replicated at IGCSE with excellent results in modern languages including Mandarin, Spanish, French and English language. This kind of success has led to the vast majority of our year 13 leavers gaining offers from their university of choice. We have pupils heading off across the world to study a wide range of subjects at some of the most prestigious institutions. Offers to study mathematics, business, medical sciences, economics and liberal arts courses have come from universities such as Cambridge, UCL, Imperial College London, LSE, University of British Columbia and the University of Texas at Austin. So much of education is about ‘becoming’ and helping young people both to identify and feel capable of taking the next steps as they build a life. Given the drive, dedication and reflectiveness our IB pupils have shown while achieving their academic success, they can take those steps with quiet, well-earned belief and fully enjoy the excitement of their new adventures. The same can easily be said of our IGCSE pupils, who are clearly ready to handle the rigours of the IBDP, with 75% of grades either A* or A. Wellington is an international school where there is success all around the curriculum – in sciences, humanities, the performing and applied arts, mathematics and languages. Pupils have excelled in every area. A testament to this is that, once again, highest achievers across the board in this year’s exams were also those who took fullest advantage of everything that Wellington Shanghai has to offer. There’s a strong correlation between the pupils with the highest grades and the cast lists of our school productions, the team sheets in our sports, the line-ups of our musical ensembles, the pupil leadership of various projects. This underlines the ongoing importance of a truly holistic approach to education, where living life to the fullest not only encourages the development of character and passion; it also actively supports tangible academic success.   More relevant articles :