Ofsted and Exam Results
Parkside Sixth is pleased to announce another set of International Baccalaureate (IB) results exceeding the international average. The rigorous, academic qualification taken world-wide consists of six subjects of A level equivalence, along with a core requirement of a dissertation, a critical thinking course, and an extra-curricular programme. Students achieving in all of these areas receive the prestigious IB Diploma.
The IB has two key measures: pass rate and average point score of students passing the diploma. The cohort of students at Parkside Sixth outperformed their peers internationally in both of these measures, with a pass rate of over 80% and a point score of 31. Students have secured university places at, among other institutions, Bristol, Warwick and Sussex Universities to study courses as diverse as Biochemistry, Sport and Korean Studies.
Parkside Sixth also offers Level 3 BTEC Extended Diplomas in Sport, Health and Social Care, and Business. Although results are still provisional for these courses, projections suggest a highly impressive 100% of students in Business achieving three starred Distinctions, the highest possible score.
Head of Sixth, Jess Pearce, said: “We are delighted with these results and congratulate our students for their hard work. We wish them all very well in the future.”
Headteacher, Jodh Dhesi, added: “On top of Parkside Community College’s Outstanding rating for overall effectiveness by Ofsted this year, these results are a pleasing success. Parkside Sixth offers an inclusive setting with excellent courses where students achieve well.”
For a second year running, Parkside Sixth students are celebrating results that show Parkside to be among the best schools internationally delivering this elite qualification.
The pass rate of students taking the challenging International Baccalaureate Diploma rocketed from 85% to 97%, well above the 2015 world average of 81%.
The average points score of Parkside Sixth students also exceeded last year’s world average, looking set to be an impressive 31 points.
One student achieved a highly commendable 39 points out of 45, which puts him at the top of international achievement. He is now looking to take a gap year and apply to the University of Oxford next year.
Other students will be taking up places in high-performing universities such as Edinburgh, Southampton, Birmingham and the University of London’s Institute in Paris, the only British University Institute in Continental Europe.
The IB pass rate was significantly above the world average with the average points score of 31 also above the world average. The highest mark obtained was 41 out of 45.
The BTEC students achieved an amazing average of Distinction.
Over 85% of the 72 choosing to go onto university are taking up places at their first choice University. These cover a very wide range of courses such as Medicine at Bristol and QMU, International Relations with Arabic at SOAS, Information Management for Business at UCL, Youth Justice at Nottingham Trent, Geography at The University of Edinburgh, Psychology at Loughborough University, Chemistry at The University of Southampton and Contemporary Dance at Ballet Rambert. These University places were gained via both IB and BTEC courses.
Students have also chosen to take up an apprenticeship, go into employment or take a gap year.
We wish all our students all the best for their exciting futures.
Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.