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Preparing your Child for Entry to University

18 September 2013

We are often asked how students can secure entry to the best universities in the world. We are frequently questioned on the different programmes on offer in schools to open the doors to Higher Education. We are interrogated about the value of learning in school compared to the skills required to be successful in the workplace.

At The British School, Warsaw, we have a long history of working with the IBDP and our track record of success places us well to answer these points. The answer to all these questions lies in the decision by schools like ours to offer The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).  The IBDP is a rigorous pre-university course of studies that meets the requirements for entry to the best universities in the world and provides a holistic learning experience that builds on academic and community experiences to prepare students for their place in our global society.. 

This comprehensive, two-year course allows its graduates to fulfil the requirements of a wide range of educational systems across the world.  This is because it was designed to be a world-wide course that incorporates the best elements of several national curricula.  In this sense, it provides the “renaissance” model of education to all its students:

“The IB Diploma is a timeless classic, an icon of educational sense and high standards in a world where educational fashion shifts like hemlines…Practical, instructive and aspirational, it is the best possible preparation for university, for the workplace, and more importantly, for life”. The Independent , 20 February 2013

The main objective of the IB Diploma Programme has been to develop young people who possess 10 essential attributes, which constitute the IB Learner Profile. Students should be inquiring and knowledgeable thinkers who communicate well and are principled, open-minded and caring risk-takers, They should be well balanced and should have the ability to reflect on their action:

“The IB develops students that top universities want: students with expert subject knowledge; with the skills good students require – research, essay writing, footnoting; but above all, with the spirit of intellectual inquiry and critical thinking, the ability to challenge, argue and ask questions.” The Independent , 20 February 2013

Each of the six subjects is graded on a scale of 1 (minimum) to 7 (maximum). Grades reflect attainment of knowledge and skills relative to set standards applied equally to all schools.  Assessment of work is both internal and external.  In addition to the six subjects (offering a maximum of 42 points), an additional 3 points can be gained in Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and an Extended Essay,  an individual, subject-based research paper (4000 words).  Exceptional students can achieve a maximum total of 45 points.  Only a very small proportion of students manage full marks (0.2% globally) although for the past 2 years, The British School, Warsaw has seen student do just that and over 20% achieve more than 40 points out of the 45-point maximum.

As well as the academic study, every Diploma student is required to complete a programme of community service and personal development through following a personalized journey of Creativity, Action and Service (CAS).  

This is why IB Diploma holders gain admission to top universities throughout the world.  Some colleges and universities even offer advanced standing or course credits to students with good IB examination results.

“IB is well known to us for its excellent preparations. Success in an IB program correlates well with success at Harvard.  We are always pleased to see the credentials of the IB Diploma Programme on the transcript.” Director of Undergraduate Admission, Harvard University

“When it comes to tutors making decisions on applicants, students taking the IB stand a better chance." Dr Geoff Parks, Director of Admissions, Cambridge University, The Telegraph, 3 August, 2013

At The British School, Warsaw, the results continue to improve each year, reaching the highest average of 35 points in May 2013 examination session.  This year’s subject grade average reached 5.5 which is an amazing achievement on the 1-7 scale. For the second year in a row, a student from The British School, Warsaw achieved a maximum score of 45, a score reserved for only 0.2% of the students worldwide.  Five of our students have been accepted to Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, the highest such achievement in the history of the school.

Such excellent results for a non-selective school do not come about by chance.  They are the result of careful planning, high quality teaching, developing confidence and self-belief amongst students and a total commitment to high performance learning. 

The British School, Warsaw is proud to have a dedicated and well experienced group of teachers, highly committed to the success of their students.  Many of the teachers are IB trainers and examiners, sharing their expertise with other teachers in other schools.

The British School, Warsaw offers a wide and diverse selection of IB courses, thus allowing for a wise choice of subjects. In addition to those offered at the school, students can access on-line IB courses through our Open World Schools Programme.  We are one of only 4 schools worldwide to hold this status.

Our IB students are well cared for, always receiving help and advice when needed.  A strong sense of community within the IB programme and school-wide, ensures a supportive and positive learning environment with a focus on celebrating success and nurturing individual strengths.  This support is combined with teaching facilities that keep improving every year.  A new IB Learning Centre opened in September 2013.  All these factors and a strong academic ethos across the school help our IB students to achieve results, which guarantee their place in some of the top academic institutions.

If you want to learn more about the secret of success in gaining access to top universities, then look no further that the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.  We are always happy to help parents, students, employers or universities learn more about the value of this programme and how it can be successfully delivered to achieve consistent high standards.  If you would like to know more about this programme, contact us at british@thebritishschool.pl.  We will be happy to help.

Dr Jacek Latkowski
Deputy Principal an IB Coordinator