Further research conducted by by Dr Gerda Frank-Gemmill and based on 823 IB students who left Sevenoaks School between 2000 and 2007 and graduated from a UK university, showed that:
- They were significantly more likely to attend top universities when compared with the overall undergraduate population (96% went to Russell/1994 Group vs. 36% of all students and 35% vs. 4 % for the top 5 universities in the Times ranking).
- They were significantly more likely to obtain a ‘good honours degree’ (1st or 2.1) than other undergraduates (88% vs. 51% of all students and 72% of all Russell/1994 Group graduates).
- At Oxford and Cambridge their degree results were markedly better when compared with those of the overall student population. At Cambridge, 94% of Sevenoaks students obtained a First or Upper Second compared to 85% of all students, while at Oxford the figures were 98% and 91%, respectively.
The study firmly supports the view that the IB is an excellent preparation for university.
IB Results at Sevenoaks
Sevenoaks students’ results are among the highest in the world. The maximum diploma score is 45, comprising a maximum 7 points in each of the six subjects, plus a maximum of three combined points for the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge. The average world-wide score is consistently around 30. Our students’ average diploma score at Sevenoaks, however, is close to 40. Those scoring over 40 points join a genuine international elite, and universities around the world know that these students will provide something special. Several of our students secure a distinguished 45 points each year, a result achieved by only 125 students in the world last year (0.24% percent of the total number of IB Candidates).