From the play based curriculum in the Early Years, to the IPC (International Primary Curriculum) in Years 1 to 6, children are taught to be thinkers, work collaboratively, show respect and be empathetic towards others. These are amongst the characteristics identified in the Learner Profile and are being re-launched at TBS through an exciting project involving superheroes. Mr Holmes’ article provides more details. These ideals and values flow seamlessly into the Secondary curriculum where students finally embark on a truly global and well-renowned curriculum, the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
Last week, you may have read Dr. Latkowski’s report about some of the challenges facing schools this summer following the cancellation of the IB diploma exams and the subsequent publication of grades. I would like to acknowledge the tremendous amount of time and effort Dr. Latkowski has invested in liaising with the IB board in order to help our students to get the grades they deserve. On this theme, I would like to share with you the fantastic achievement of one of our TBS students who has now been awarded the maximum points score of 45. I first met Filip F. last October, during my first visit to TBS, as he was in a select group of student leaders chosen to be part of an interviewing panel. This incredible achievement places Filip F. in an elite group of students, considering only 0.21% of students worldwide achieved 45 points.
As a point of interest, the British Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) has developed a tariff system that now gives greater currency to the IB scores over A-levels. An IB score of 38 points out of a maximum of 45 is equivalent to five A grades at A-level. A score of 30 IB points reflects three and a half A's at A level, which is enough to gain admission to most good universities in the UK (Oxbridge would require higher results). This is worth noting as you read the interview with Filip in this week’s news.