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Posted on 05 Jul 2019

Students on road to university following IB success

6 K MG 5154bcWestminster Academy is celebrating exceptional International Baccalaureate (IB) performances and a host of university offers as students collect IB results. International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) students achieved grades that secured them places at leading universities, including Oxford, UCL, King’s College London, Glasgow, Queen Mary, Nottingham, Manchester and Sheffield.

Top achiever, Maria-Minodora Grosu, scored 42 out of a possible 45 points across six subjects and the IB Core in the IB Diploma Programme. Maria will now be taking up her place at the University of Oxford to study English and French.

IBDP classmate, Alejandra Francisco met her offer to study Engineering (with an integrated foundation year) at the University of Manchester to pursue her dream of becoming a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force.  Alejandra adds her academic success to a CV rich in achievements and experiences. Alongside her responsibilities as Head Prefect, she has participated in a three-week expedition in the Canadian Yukon with the British Exploring Society, supported vulnerable women in the community through volunteering with the Mosaic Community Trust, and, in her capacity as Flight Sergeant, she has been instrumental in the launch and development of Westminster Academy’s RAF Cadets squadron this year. She said, “I am very grateful to get in. It wasn’t just down to my own work but also thanks to my parents, friends and teachers who have helped me.”

Also celebrating were students achieving the IB Career-related Programme. IBCP students take advantage of the experience and opportunities offered by the blend of a vocational, career-based course with at least two IB academic subjects and the IB Core. IBCP graduate Kyle Princess Marzan celebrated IB certificates in English Language and Literature and Maths, alongside a BTEC Extended Diploma in Business, an achievement which followed her success last month in becoming the South of England Career Ready Student of the Year. As a result of her participation in the Career Ready programme at Westminster Academy, Kyle is delighted to have achieved a position on the apprenticeship programme at Wates Construction from September as an apprentice estimator. Describing her journey she said, “Ever since I arrived at Westminster Academy in Year 10, with limited English, the teachers have really helped me. They know me well and know what I have been through so it has been great to have their support through the Sixth Form.”

Beatriz Benatti was delighted to secure her place at UCL following success in IB English and Maths and D*D*D in her Extended Diploma in Applied Science. Beatriz is looking forward to exploring her interest in science, geography and travel as she takes up a degree in Earth Science. She said, “Being accepted into UCL as an IBCP student is really surprising, so I’m really happy, and my mum is very proud of me!”

Principal Dr Saima Rana congratulated students, thanking the staff, parents, carers, sponsors, governors and numerous business and community partners who have supported students throughout the IB programme. As the only non fee-paying school in London to offer both the IBDP and the IBCP, Westminster Academy takes pride in the depth of knowledge, critical thinking, global perspective and social responsibility developed among IB students. “The achievements and destinations of our Year 13 graduates reflect our immense pride in being able to provide a world class IB programme which above all opens doors for students, giving them the option to take whichever pathway they choose at the end of their Westminster Academy education. It has been a pleasure to support them throughout the last seven years and I am excited to see what the future brings for the IB Class of 2019.”

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