Our international success
IT WAS smiles and hugs all round as sixth form students at Tollbar Academy toasted success at an international level.
Every student at the sixth form centre received an IB certificate, with 75 per cent of the 49 taking the course achieving the 24 points needed for a full diploma and 73 per cent getting their chosen university place.
Two students also achieved "outstanding" scores of 38 out of a maximum 45 points – the equivalent of more than four A* A-level grades.
Deputy head boy Lee Cardy, 18, and Beth Collins, 18, – who were also both nominated for awards in six subject areas in recognition of their outstanding efforts – now plan to continue their academic careers at university.
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Beth hopes to take a place at the University of London, where she will study veterinary medicine, while Lee will be studying business at the University of Lancaster.
He said: "I didn't expect to get it, so I am really pleased.
"I decided to study for a degree in business, as I don't really know what I want to do for a career yet and thought this would give me a good grounding. I would recommend the IB to anyone – particularly if they don't know what they want to do. There are a wide range of subjects to choose from."
"The diploma has been difficult, but that made me work really hard. I don't think I could have done as well without it."
Another student with the right formula for success was Evaldas Melinauskas, 19, who moved to New Waltham with his family from Lithuania five years ago.
Despite English being his second language, he scored a whopping 35 out of 45 and will now go on to study genetics and bio-chemistry at Nottingham University.
He said: "I don't know what I want to do yet – I will have to cross that bridge when I come to it."
Sixth form college director Andy Clarke said: "I am delighted with the performance of our students.
"A high number of students have already gained their university places at this stage, which is fantastic news, and they are fully deserving of their achievements."
Chief executive David Hampson OBE said: "Yet again the students have worked exceptionally well, reflecting the immense hard work put in both by themselves and the staff, with the continued support of their parents and carers.
"We keep in contact with last year's students who have gone on to university and their comments demonstrate quite clearly the value of this worldwide accepted qualification as a fantastic pre-requisite to university and employment."