International Baccalaureate Students Achieve the Exceptional

International Baccalaureate (IB) students at Exeter College are celebrating after achieving an exceptional set of results, with a 100% pass rate. 

Exeter College has been successfully delivering the IB for 21 years and this year the results were, once again, truly outstanding. 

This year 43 students completed the IB and achieved a 100% pass rate with the average point score being 37.6 – well ahead of the latest available world average of 32.99.  A staggering 40% of learners achieved 40+ points, the equivalent of straight A*/As, placing these students in the top 10% in the world.  In addition to this, two students achieved 44 points out of the maximum available 45. 

John Laramy CBE, Principal and Chief Executive said

“This year, our students have once again, delivered an astonishing set of results.  Proving that even in a world-wide pandemic our students have the determination, talent and drive to succeed.  

“I would like to thank all of our IB students for their hard work and to wish them well in their future endeavours. They are a key part of our college community and we couldn’t be prouder of what they have achieved. I would also like to thank all the staff who support our IB students. Without their dedication and hard work, we couldn’t deliver this rigorous programme to these talented students.” 

“Even in a world-wide pandemic our students have the determination, talent and drive to succeed.”

John Laramy CBE, Principal and Chief Executive

The IB is an internationally recognised qualification that allows students to study six subjects (three at Higher Level and three at Standard Level) across a wide range of disciplines spanning languages, humanities, maths and sciences. 

Naz Kaynakcioglu achieved 39 points, studying Higher Level English, Chemistry and Biology and Standard Level Psychology, German and Maths. Speaking about her time at Exeter College and studying during a pandemic she said:  

“There was an amazing sense of community, and it was really nice to be supported by all the teachers and students, and everyone is so friendly.” 

“Even though studying during a pandemic was an unforeseen and new situation for us all, teachers set up the classes online easily so everyone knew what they were doing. I didn’t feel like I was part of a lost generation or anything, it just felt like ‘I guess this is how it’s going to be for a while’. Obviously, I missed being in a building and seeing my friends; but we had that support still, so it was really nice.” 

 “It was really nice to be supported by all the teachers and students.”

Naz Kaynakcioglu, Exeter College IB Student

“I’m going on to study Psychology at King’s College London, it’s so exciting. It’s really nice to have a qualification I can really be proud of.” 

Naz hopes to stay on at university to do research after her degree with a view to becoming a lecturer. “I love communicating with people, so I think pursuing a career as a lecturer will be really good for me.” 

Grace studied IB Higher Level Maths, Chemistry and History and Standard Level English, Biology and French and achieved 43. Grace Stephens is planning to go to the University of Oxford to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics and said she chose Exeter College for the IB. 

“I was really stuck on trying to choose A Level subjects because I’ve always been interested in lots of different things and the IB sounded just like what I was looking for.” 

Talking about her experience at college, she said; “It’s been really good, obviously quite disrupted by Covid, but it was really good how things kept going with live lessons. I received excellent support for helping me get into university.” 

“I enjoyed the social element, there was a really lovely group of people studying on the IB. I especially enjoyed doing clubs like debate and MUN (Model United Nations).” 

“I received excellent support for helping me get into university.”

Grace Stephens, Exeter College IB Student

Jade Otty, Vice Principal at Exeter College said: 

“We are incredibly proud of the results our International Baccalaureate students have achieved this year. They have delivered an amazing set of results during a year which has truly tested their resilience.  

“We wish our students all the best for a bright future and can’t wait to see what they go on to achieve. I would like to thank them and all our IB teachers for persevering through such a difficult year and for all their hard work. They are the epitome of all we strive for at Exeter College.” 

Find out more about the International Baccalaureate at Exeter College.