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Felsted students record school's best ever IB results

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Felsted School has announced its best-ever performance in the International Baccalaureate diploma programme, with a 100% pass rate for all 39 students.

They achieved an average point score of 37 out of a possible 45 in the highly-regarded qualification recognised worldwide. Across all subjects, 92% of results were level 5 or better (equivalent to a B grade at A-Level) and 70% level 6 or 7 (equivalent to an A or A* at A-Level).

Head Chris Townsend said: "Once more, this year has been disrupted by factors beyond their control, but all of our students can be incredibly proud of the hard work that they have put in over the last two years to achieve this exceptional qualification.

Felsted School students (49028743)
Felsted School students (49028743)

"This has been Felsted's 13th year entering students for the IB and the benefits of the qualification seem to increase each year."

A dozen students achieved 40 points or more (equivalent to four A*s at A-Level), with 27 achieving 35 points or more (equivalent to three As at A-Level).

As a result, they are heading for some of the best universities around the world – the USA, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain and Ireland – as well as the UK, with offers for Oxford, Durham, Exeter, King's College London and Warwick.

Deputy head girl Francesca 'Franky' Slater got 43 points (49028741)
Deputy head girl Francesca 'Franky' Slater got 43 points (49028741)

Deputy head girl Francesca 'Franky' Slater, from Great Bardfield, was one of the star pupils, achieving a world-class 43 points. She exceeded her university offers to read English and is now planning to apply to Oxbridge next year.

Franky, who joined Felsted in the prep school, is both an academic and music scholar who has taken leading roles in school drama productions, including Mrs Potts in Beauty and the Beast. Her talent won her a place with the National Youth Theatre and she wrote a play that was long-listed for the prestigious National Theatre New Views Festival.

Classmate Archie Pritchard, from Saffron Walden, has been accepted onto the highly competitive PWC Flying Start degree apprenticeship programme via Nottingham University.

Students were not able to sit exams this summer. The International Baccalaureate Organisation calculated grades based on students' coursework and grades predicted by the school.

Archie Pritchard, from Saffron Walden (49028739)
Archie Pritchard, from Saffron Walden (49028739)

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