On top of the world! Gresham’s celebrates 100% pass rate in International Baccalaureate Diploma

Boarder Seb Florax, from King�s Lynn, scored 39 points - the equivalent to three A*s and one A at A-

Boarder Seb Florax, from King�s Lynn, scored 39 points - the equivalent to three A*s and one A at A-level - securing his place at Durham University to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Picture: Gresham�s School - Credit: Gresham�s School

It claims to be the only school in Norfolk to offer the programme.

And this week Gresham's in Holt was celebrating a 100 per cent pass rate among its pupils receiving their International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma results.

The internationally-recognised course is aimed at 16 to 19-year-old students and offers a broader programme of study than A levels.

The average point score of 33 places the Gresham's Class of 2017, a cohort of 31 pupils, ahead of the global average of 30 points.

Most will now begin their undergraduate courses at top UK universities with some studying overseas.


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Gresham's Headmaster Douglas Robb welcomed the results and said: 'I am very proud of this year's IB cohort. Their hard work has been duly rewarded and I wish them all the very best for a successful future as they head off well equipped and prepared for the demands of university life.'

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme was introduced to Gresham's in 2007, and has proved increasingly popular with pupils, who have achieved outstanding results.

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Boarder Seb Florax, from King's Lynn, scored 39 points - the equivalent to three A*s and one A at A-level - securing his place at Durham University to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Seb, who joined Gresham's Prep in Year 7, intends to travel to South America to enjoy a gap year; he has plans to learn Spanish and to meet up with other former Gresham's pupils.

Arriving at school to collect his results, Seb was delighted with the outcome of what he described as 'hard word and plenty of commitment to study.'

He added: 'I chose the IB as it was the right fit for me. It was great to have a choice between A-levels and the IB, which offered a wider range of subject combinations.'

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