Richmond upon Thames College started teaching the IB Diploma in September 2004 with an initial intake of just 30 students. Over the years the College has expanded its cohort and now annually fields between 70 to 80 candidates whose excellent examination grades enable them, in the majority of cases, to progress to their first or second choice university places in the UK and abroad. This clearly demonstrates the high regard shown for the International Baccalaureate throughout higher education.
This year's cohort of 77 students gained an average pass mark of 32 points out of a maximum of 45 points, compared to the global average of 29 points. A mark of 32 points attracts 435 UCAS tariff points which is equivalent to over 3 A levels at grade A*. Over 19% of the students achieved between 38 and 43 points which is equivalent to over 4 A levels at grade A*.
By achieving such excellent results, a high proportion of this year's candidates secured their first choice degrees and have places at Russell Group universities. Three students have places at Oxford and Cambridge Universities – Anthony Blair who previously attended Grey Court School and will be reading History at Oxford University, Ida Ahmad who will be reading Chemical Engineering at Cambridge University and Sonia Cuesta who will be reading French and Beginners Italian at Oxford University.
"This year's results are particularly satisfying", added Chris Perkins, Richmond upon Thames College's Head of International Baccalaureate, "because they are further evidence that we can expand our intake– in fact they have tripled in number since 2006 – while maintaining the highest standards of teaching. We were one of the two state colleges to introduce the IB Diploma to the London area in 2004, and we have built up a formidable professional team which attracts the very best, most committed and ambitious students".