Nine perfect scores in International Baccalaureate (IB) DiplomaPhilippa Lowe
Sydney’s Trinity Grammar School continues to cement its world class ranking as an International Baccalaureate school, with nine students attaining the perfect score in the 2021 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.
The nine Trinity students earned perfect scores of 45, equating to an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) of 99.95. Trinity Head Master, Mr Tim Bowden, said he was delighted with all the 2021 cohort results, reflecting that a year of COVID difficulties and remote learning had not diminished the School’s long-established IB Diploma programme and history of consistently delivering scores of 37 and above.
“Further demonstrating the depth of academic achievement within the 2021 International Baccalaureate cohort, eleven students earned 44/45, also worthy of high acclaim, while 62 students achieved their Diploma ‘with Distinction’ by scoring 40 or more points. Across Australia, around 15% of students generally achieve an IB Diploma score of 40+; this year, 56% of Trinity’s cohort achieved this benchmark of excellence set by the IB.”
One way of understanding the strength of a school’s results is to consider them against the broader candidate landscapes, which remain relatively stable over time. Trinity’s cohort of 111 students averaged an IB Diploma score of 38.4 which significantly exceeds the preliminary world average (32), as well as the preliminary Australian average (37). Of note, 83% of Trinity’s candidates earned scores more than the IB world average, particularly impressive in relation to the large percentage of Trinity’s students selecting the IB Diploma as their secondary credential and representing continued dominance in the international sphere.
Domestically, the School’s 2021 average IB Diploma score of 38.4 equates to an ATAR of 96.25; 77 of these candidates (70%) achieved an IB score of 37 or greater, equating to an ATAR of 95+; 88 candidates (79%) achieved an IB score of 34 or more and, therefore, an ATAR equivalent to 90+.
“These statistics provide strong support for our programme of excellence in student centred learning in one of the region’s largest IB Diploma cohorts. When compared to Trinity’s IB Diploma results of the past 6 years the standard of excellence has been maintained and, in many areas, improved. History has shown us that one or two of these might yet join their classmates at the very top as some only missed out on the highest band by 2-3 marks,” added Mr Bowden.
“While these are outstanding results, they should not be the only measure of success – far more valuable is to look at the men of character that our boys have become. We hope they can step out and face the world with confidence, resilience, and resourcefulness, with the wisdom to know when to speak and the courage to stand for what is right.
“As our 2021 cohort move into post-secondary education and vocation, we wish them well. They have done themselves proud in continuing the tradition of excellence at Trinity,” said Mr Bowden.
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