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Posted on 09 Jul 2018

Scorching IB results at Westminster Academy

Westminster Academy is celebrating a world-class set of International Baccalaureate results.

Among a cluster of top scores in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) were three students achieving 40 points or above, out of a possible 45 points: Tatiana Nishizono-Miller, Karolina Bentkowska and Joaquim Dickson. Top performer Tatiana achieved an impressive 43 points, which puts her 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, ”Today 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, who achieved 42 points, 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, Aysha Syeda and Chloe Peti-Peti all secured places at UCL with IBDP scores of 38 and 39. Christi Mofidi, who won the annual HERO of the Sixth Form award for all 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. For the first time this year, every student graduated with a Level 3 Maths qualification, giving students the numeracy skills to have an edge over their peers. IBCP student Beslinda Musa, who achieved IB certificates in English Language and Literature and maths, alongside a BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science said, “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.”

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. They are now continuing to work hard despite having finished exams, 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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