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Posted on 06 Jul 2017

Top university places for WA IB students

Westminster Academy Year 13 students are celebrating a successful set of post 16 results which pave the way for exciting higher education pathways, including three places at Oxbridge.

With an average grade of 33 points, International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) students are likely to surpass the world average once again this year. Top achiever Nevena Slavova achieved 43 points out of a possible 45, putting her among the top 2% of IBDP students in the world. These results have also earned her a place to read geography at the University of Oxford. Nevena said, “I am mostly feeling relieved; it hasn’t hit me fully yet. I knew that I had prepared well but didn’t realise how big a part stress would play. I am now really excited about going to university.”  

Classmate Tohin Munshi also achieved an outstanding set of results, scoring a total of 42 points and securing a place at the University of Cambridge to read history. Joining Tohin and Nevena at the UK’s top universities will be Momoko Kawase-Kennedy, who will be starting her undergraduate degree in English at Oxford University in September. The Academy is delighted to have been able to support all three students through both their GCSEs and the IB programme.  

The hard work of International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) students was also rewarded with impressive results. IBCP student Abdulaziz Ibrahim epitomised the global focus and love of learning characterised by the IB by achieving triple distinction starred in his extended diploma, along with IB Certificates in English and maths, earning a place at UCL despite only arriving in the UK at the age of 14 with barely any English. Abdulaziz said, “When I received my university offer, I was shocked, but I have learned from the Sixth Form to make the most of opportunities, and that anything can happen; anything is possible.”  An innovative, new course, the IBCP is proving very popular, with over half of students gaining places at Russell Group universities, including Birmingham, York and Exeter.

Principal Dr Rana congratulated students, staff, parents, carers and stakeholders, adding, “It is a privilege to be part of the journey of our students who have developed from excitable Year 7 students to bright, responsible and socially active Year 13 students. I am grateful for the contributions this cohort have made to Westminster Academy over the past seven years and wish them every success in the future.”


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