This week, we are delighted to share the news and successes of our Year 13 IB Diploma students, who have just received their results. Despite all of the challenges faced, pupils at The British International School Shanghai, Puxi were able to sit their final examinations earlier this summer and they have achieved an excellent set of outcomes. My congratulations to each graduate for their achievements. We believe that there is no limit to what students can achieve socially, personally and academically. This year, our students’ academic results reflect our shared commitment to excellence in this area.
Our pupils have scored an impressive average of 38.4 points out of the maximum of 45 available. This is 5 points above the global average and reflects the hard work and commitment demonstrated by them all, working closely together with expert teachers and supportive parents – the true keys to success in our BISS Puxi community. The average subject points score was 6 out of 7 and 39% of our students achieved 40+ points. Three of our students achieved the perfect score of 45; one scored 44 and three scored 43. These scores mean that students will now have access to the world’s best universities.
Pupils in 2021’s graduating class have received offers or acceptances from over 20 institutions listed in the ‘QS World Top 100 University Rankings’ including the University of Oxford, Imperial College London, UCL, the London School of Economics, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Toronto, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, UIUC, the University of California (San Diego), Peking University, HKUST and KAIST. Students have also received offers from specialist institutions such as Parsons School of Design, DPU’s Faculty of Dental Medicine (Austria), and ESADE Business School in Spain.
Over the coming months, we expect to see more acceptances and offers from universities with slightly later application cycles, in Europe, Australia and Asia, and look forward to seeing all our graduating students embarking on the exciting next stage of their lives.
I would particularly like to highlight the remarkable achievements of a number of our students. Lara W, Hojune and Louis achieved perfect scores of 45 – placing them in the top 1.3% of IB Diploma results worldwide. Truly remarkable and very well-deserved. I wish Lara W the very best as she embarks on her study of Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at one of the oldest colleges at The University of Oxford. And to Hojune, who holds offers from both Imperial College London and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) to study Chemical Engineering. And also to Louis, who is currently planning entry to The University of Cambridge or Imperial College, London.
My congratulations to Justin, who achieved 44 points and will be studying Dental Medicine at Danube Private University. Well done to Lara C, who scored 43 points and has offers at Imperial College London and Peking University to study Chemical Engineering; to Vincent with 43 points who has a place at Radboud University in the Netherlands to study Computer Science; and to Seunghyo who will also be studying Computer Science in South Korea, also having achieved 43 points.
It is always great to highlight these exceptional pupils. However, collectively, our pupils have also performed excellently and those mentioned above will be the first to acknowledge this and to congratulate their peers. We are so proud of the resilience, determination and support for each other that they have all demonstrated and it will be these characteristics that will ensure their success in the next steps of their educational journeys. At BISS Puxi, we encourage all of us to ‘Be Ambitious’, and Year 13 have shown great commitment to this philosophy.
Once again, I offer my warm congratulations to our students and my heartfelt gratitude to teachers and parents alike in supporting them in this part of their educational journey. We are a close-knit school community and I look forward to hearing about the progress of students in their next steps – at university or on their gap year programmes. (For the first time this year, six of our students will be taking part in Nord Anglia’s own gap year programme in China). As well as their academic success, it is encouraging to know that tomorrow’s leaders – our students – are internationally-minded, responsible, thoughtful and kind. These super exam results provide passports to universities, but their strength of character will be the key to success throughout their lives.
This year, Nord Anglia students around the world achieved an average IB Diploma score of 36.2. This marks the eighth consecutive year that Nord Anglia schools have surpassed global average scores. This year’s record results will see Nord Anglia’s students attend their first-choice universities, including Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, MIT, and Stanford.
Andrew Fitzmaurice, Chief Executive Officer, Nord Anglia Education, said: “We are immensely proud of our IB students’ outstanding achievements, particularly in a year where the pandemic created significant challenges. Theirimpressive results are of great credit to their resilience and hard work and pave the way for them to attend the world’s top universities. This year’s results are also testament to the dedication, creativity and inspiration of our talented teachers who have ensured our students excel in their learning.”
Finally, I am sure that our parents and teachers will be very pleased for our Year 13 students, and I would like to thank them all on our students’ behalf for the support, care and guidance that has helped them to be so successful. Many congratulations to all our graduates and our best wishes to them all in the year ahead.