International Baccalaureate (IB)
The International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2008. There are over 2,300 schools worldwide affiliated to the IBO, in 127 different countries, with more than half a million students studying for the Diploma. This number is growing by 20% per year.
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through inter-cultural understanding and respect. To this end the organisation works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
What is the IB Diploma?
The IB Diploma Programme is a challenging two-year curriculum, primarily aimed at students aged 16 to 19. It offers a broad, six-discipline curriculum where subject choices are flexible whilst encouraging in-depth study in specific areas of individual interest, be they in the sciences or the arts. This deliberate combination of breadth and depth equips students with the skills and attitudes demanded in a world of international mobility and global communications. It leads to a qualification that is widely recognised by UCAS and the world’s leading universities.
As The Independent newspaper reported, “The most perceptive students are looking beyond gaining entry to good universities, but are looking at the skills they will need to compete for the top jobs around the world. The IB offers the only means of delivering that kind of breadth at the moment.” The Diploma programme seeks to move students away from the narrow confines of a ‘specialist curriculum’ and prepares students for beyond university by encouraging them to:
- ask challenging questions;
- learn how to learn;
- develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture; and
- develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures.
The IB learner profile aims for IB learners to be: Inquirers, Thinkers, Communicators and Risk-Takers, who are Balanced, Principled, Caring, Knowledgeable, Open-Minded and Reflective. Such qualities sit very comfortably with Worth's ethos and Benedictine values.
The IB at Worth School
In 2012 Worth School Diploma students averaged 37 points, against a worldwide average of 29.8 points. They went on to top universities in the UK and abroad.
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