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Posted on 09 Jul 2018

Scorching IB results at Westminster Academy

Westminster Academy is celebrating a successful set of Sixth Form results with some of the highest scores in the Academy’s history.

Among a host of top scores in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) were five students achieving 40 points or above, out of a possible 45 points: Tatiana Nishizono-Miller, Karolina Bentkowska, Joaquim Dickson, Aysha Syeda and Arseniy Khovanski. Top performers Tatiana and Karolina achieved an impressive 43 points, which puts them among the top 2% of IBDP students globally. Tatiana is now looking forward to taking up her place at the University of Cambridge to study Archeology. Tatiana said, “Opening results was really nerve-wracking but when I saw my results I was so relieved. The IB requires more input but you get a lot more out of it. I’m really excited about the course at Cambridge, as well as joining societies and meeting new people.” Mastering six subjects, plus an IB Core of Theory of Knowledge, Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS), and an Extended Essay, students feel well prepared to meet the challenges of university life. Karolina explained, “At first it is difficult, but when you know what you are doing, you can organise yourself.” Wise words that she is sharing with her sister, who is currently studying the IBDP in Year 12.

Classmates, Daisy Woods and Chloe Peti-Peti both secured places at UCL with IBDP scores of 38 and 39. Christi Mofidi, who won the annual ‘HERO of the Sixth Form’ award for her work helping others, was also celebrating after her results earned her a place at King’s College London. Christi reflected, “I’ve had a great two years in the Sixth Form at Westminster Academy. Aside from my studies, I feel like I’ve developed as a person due to the amazing help the teachers have provided us with.”

International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) students achieved an impressive 100% pass rate. The IBCP blends a vocational, career-based course with at least two IB subjects and a similar core to the Diploma Programme. This year, for the first time, every student graduated with a Level 3 Maths qualification, alongside a BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science, Business or Media, giving students the numeracy skills to have an edge over their peers. IBCP student Beslinda Musa will be reading Psychology at City University after achieving IB certificates in English Language and Literature and maths, and a BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science. Beslinda commented, “I have really enjoyed studying the IBCP, particularly the service learning element of the IB Core - it is great to do something different outside your academic field. Throughout my seven year journey at WA I have become more appreciative of the teachers. No matter what, they are always there for you and help you through everything.” Beslinda’s peers were equally successful; there were strong results in all three IBCP pathways, reflecting the Academy being awarded BTEC School of the Year by Pearson in July 2018.

The Year 13 cohort have been much praised by staff for their caring, reflective approach, working very closely with both peers and staff to support one another throughout their IB courses. Since finishing exams in May, they have continued to work hard, with some students volunteering at the school and others taking up opportunities such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award and expeditions in the Peruvian Amazon and the Canadian Yukon with the British Exploring Society.

Principal Dr Saima Rana congratulated students, adding, “Beyond their fantastic results, I am immensely proud that this was the cohort who initiated sustainability and LGBT plus inclusion strategies among the student body, led a charity campaign raising over £1500 for Children in Need, and made their voices heard in the pilot Amplify programme. This is an inspirational group of young people who will continue to use the tool of education to make a difference.

“I would like to add a heartfelt thanks to the staff who have dedicated so much time to support our IB students, as well as parents, carers, sponsors, governors and our community and business partners whose contributions have, and will continue to play a huge part in the success of these students.”

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