King Ethelbert School in Birchington has celebrated another year of fantastic Year 13 results.
Headteacher Tom Sellen said: “We are thrilled with the fantastic BTEC and IB results from our Y13 students. 43% of students took on the Extended BTEC diploma, as part of their IBCP studies.
“Overall BTEC grades were excellent, with 55% at the very top grades (D*D*D*-DD) with 23% of students gaining over 190 UCAS points.
“Students have worked through challenging and changing circumstances throughout their secondary education. They are an excellent group of young people who have shown immense character and we are really proud of them. “Students have received their BTEC results for the applied career-related components of their IBCP course.
“Once again we have seen how the IBCP programme supports our young people in really finding their passions and developing their wider skills alongside rigorous, academic studies. Our students are off to many exciting and challenging next steps.”
All students in the sixth form study the International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme which is a rigorous Level 3 qualification where students study one Level 3 BTEC course and IB Diploma Programme courses, graded on a 7-1 scale.
Many students achieve a BTEC National Diploma (equivalent to 2 A levels) and 2 standard level IB Diploma courses (equivalent to 0.5 A level each), however, some certificate in the BTEC Extended Diploma (3 A level equivalent) and two higher level IB Diploma courses, so securing the equivalent of 5 A level qualifications.
The students are also required to pass the IBCP core which comprises of: a personal and professional skills course, a 50 hour community focussed service learning project, the reflective project which is a 3000 word essay where the students explore an ethical dilemma and on top of this the students are immersed in an international culture as part of their compulsory language acquisition.
Rebecca Darch, Head of Sixth Form said: “We are incredibly proud of each of our students and how they have achieved the requirements to progress onto their chosen next steps. We are seeing students’ aspirations become more ambitious, yet achievable with impressive destinations. Our students have gained some challenging and prestigious university places, with some starting higher level apprenticeships at exciting companies like Pfizer and Jacobs and others who have secured employment.”
Oscar Reed has achieved a D*D*D* in Applied Science, as well as taking on two Higher level IB courses (equivalent to an A-level each) and has accrued 216 UCAS points in total. Oscar will be going off to study Physics at the University of Southampton.
Sapphire Turner has achieved D*D*D in Business and has accumulated 220 UCAS points overall, she will be reading Mathematics at the University of Sussex.
Emily Burgess has achieved a D*D*D* in Applied Science and she will be going to study for a Chiropractic degree at Bournemouth AECC.
Other students are holding offers to more diverse destinations than ever such as the University of East Anglia, the University for the Creative Arts, the University of Surrey, the University of West London, the University of Manchester, the University of Hertfordshire and more are tackling courses such as Physiotherapy and Chiropractic degrees. The IBTEC results are a crucial part of students achieving these places.
Deputy headteacher Lauren Pasola said: “I am so incredibly proud of each of the students in year 13. Not only have they achieved a fantastic set of results and are off to exciting and challenging destinations, they have shown excellent leadership skills this year, helping to run and organise a variety of events. They have grown into exceptional young adults.”