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Manchester High School for Girls


The final International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma cohort at Manchester High School for Girls celebrated exceptional examination results on 5th July 2018.

Alexandra and Charlotte celebrate their superb IB Diploma results

The students achieved a world class average point score of 37.4 out of a maximum of 45. Last year the global average point score was 29.95 points.

Alexandra Thacker (18) from Didsbury is celebrating achieving an outstanding point score of 42. She will be taking up her place on the dual European Social and Political degree programme offered by University College London and Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), the former university of seven of the last eight French presidents.

Alexandra, who was also offered a place to study Modern Foreign Languages at the University of Oxford, said: “I am so happy with my results, and I have worked really hard to achieve them. I now have an incredible opportunity to broaden my understanding of the social sciences at one of the most prestigious politics universities in the world, as well as being able to develop my language skills in conjunction with my studies. I will miss my friends and teachers here at Manchester High, everyone has been incredibly supportive.”

Stalybridge resident, Charlotte Booth (18), highlights that Manchester High students have a world of options to consider. She was delighted with her point score of 39 which enables her to take up her place on the Computer Science (Digital and Technology Solutions) degree apprenticeship at the University of Leeds.

Gabby Handberg achieved a stunning 41 point score.

Charlotte commented: “I can’t wait to start the programme provided by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC). I will be attending university as normal during the first two years after which I will complete 10 weeks of work with PWC. My third year will be an eleven month placement with the company, and if I achieve a 2:1 after my fourth year at university, I will be guaranteed a job with PWC. 

“I have worked really hard in school to ensure that I meet the course requirements and now I can begin to reap the rewards – I am so happy!”

Mrs Claire Hewitt, Head Mistress at Manchester High School for Girls, commented: “We have offered the IB Diploma as an alternative to A-levels since 2010 and year on year, our students have achieved tremendous results. This year is the last cohort undertaking the IB diploma as the low number of girls choosing the course has meant that the small class sizes are too limiting for both pupils and teachers.

“I should like to congratulate the girls for their superb results and wish them all the best for the next chapter in their lives.”

Photos of the results day are available here