King William’s College is celebrating after its Upper Sixth students gained the school’s fourth best set of results since it started the International Baccalaureate in 2002.

Some 49 students, aged 17 and 18, gained an average score of 34.1 points out of 45, which to put into context is similar to an offer from a university such as Edinburgh.

At the top of the year seven of them achieved 40 or more points out of a maximum 45, putting them in the top 5% worldwide.

Amelia Darroch, Stefan Fong and Amelia Kinnin all achieved an outstanding 43 points; Alex Kirin, Jonas Lai and Anthony Ranji achieved 42 points.

Principal Joss Buchanan said: ‘This was an exceptionally difficult two years for the students. We were in lockdown and studying online for almost all of the summer term of their Lower Sixth and for most of the spring term of their Upper Sixth. They did not have the opportunity to sit their final exams and their grades have been calculated instead by using predicted grades and the marks from their Internal Assessments and course works. They deserve enormous credit for showing such resilience and we are delighted that their hard work has been rewarded with such a strong set of results.’

The university picture for the King William’s College students looks excellent with the overwhelming majority going to their first choice of institution. This year’s destinations include Bath, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Imperial College London, Loughborough, Manchester, University College London and York. There are also students going to universities in Europe and North America and several have chosen to take a gap year.

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