September 26th, 2016

Exam results put Alcester pupils among the best in the world

Exam results put Alcester pupils among the best in the world Exam results put Alcester pupils among the best in the world
On top of the world: St Benedict's students Sophie Rankin, Millie Kalinowska, Luke Hayden, Holly Gorton, Jacob Buckley and Jack Lesson.

ST BENEDICT’S Catholic School in Alcester is celebrating record International Baccalaureate (IB) and BTEC results.

Staff and students of St Benedict’s Sixth Form were overjoyed as results for the IB Diploma were published across the world. Envelopes were opened to reveal a record breaking year for the Kinwarton Road school.

IB students achieved an average points score of 33 – comfortably exceeding the global average of 30, and with 33 points carrying more UCAS points than A*A*A* at A Level it means the students are set fair for a promising future.

In addition, the percentage passing their IB Diploma was 95 per cent – the highest achieved by the sixth form since it opened in 2011.

Top performers included Jacob Buckley with 41 points, closely followed by Sophie Rankin attaining 40 points. Such scores put them among the top five per cent of IB students internationally.

Headteacher, Nick Gibson, said “We are delighted with another excellent set of IB results. They prove that our students really are among the best in the world. The IB Diploma represents the ‘gold standard’ in preparing our young people for both higher education and the world of work in the global arena. It provides critical thinking skills and a breadth of experience and knowledge which offers our students a competitive edge.”

The news comes close on the heels of recently published BTEC results; Health and Social Care Diplomas are the school’s best on record with 71 per cent of students achieving D*D* (equivalent to two A*s at A Level).

“The achievement of our students is testament to their hard work, the backing of their families, and our fantastic teaching and support staff,” said Simon Smallman, Head of Sixth Form. “The professionalism, dedication, hard work, care, and hours of support provided by our staff have paid off and we can feel justifiably proud of our school.”

St Benedict’s is still open to Sixth Form applications for September and welcomes any enquiries from Year 11 students or parents of students still unsure of their next academic step. Contact is recommended before the end of term on July 22 via email at or call 01789 767030.