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Manchester High School for Girls


Manchester High School for Girls is celebrating yet another year of exceptional International Baccalaureate (IB) results for their Sixth Form students.

 The 2015 cohort has achieved an average points score of 38, which sets Manchester High’s students way ahead of their global competitors, who secure, on average a points score of 30.

Indeed, a third of students that opted to take the IB Diploma at Manchester High have ranked within the top 3% of IB results worldwide. This is no mean feat considering there are 5,300 IB programmes running across the globe, undertaken by over 140,000 students.

Phoebe  and Gianina  are two students that have placed within this top 3%; both scoring 42 points from a possible 45. Phoebe will now progress to read English Literature at Durham University, with Gianina headed for Bristol University to study Theatre and Spanish.

Phoebe celebrating her IB Diploma results

 Phoebe Price commented: “I am absolutely elated that all my hard work has paid off. The teachers here have been so supportive and I’m thrilled to have secured my place at Durham. I can’t believe I am going to one of the top 100 universities in the world.”

She added: “The IB encourages a very analytical mind set which is great for problem solving and evaluating situations. I feel like studying the IB has really transformed me into an independent young woman ready for whatever life brings.”

Gianina said: “The IB has been an extremely challenging yet rewarding experience, and I am absolutely thrilled with my results. I chose to study the IB because of the broad variety of subjects and the global perspective that one can develop over the two years.”

Gianina continued: “The IB has provided me with a greater appreciation for the wider community and the environment, and I have learned that with great determination, I can make a positive impact on the world around me. I was so fortunate that Manchester High offered this course to me, as I have loved every subject and risen to every challenge.”

Gianina was delighted with her IB Diploma results
Gianina was delighted with her IB Diploma results

The IB Diploma requires students to study a broad mix of subjects, three at a higher level. Subjects include a first and second language, experimental sciences, mathematics and computer science, the arts and humanities.

In conjunction with this they must also complete three core elements; theory of knowledge, community service and a 4,000 word essay.  The community aspect of the programme had such an impact on Manchester High pupil, Erin, that she has decided to spend next year volunteering on a teaching project in Thailand.

Claire Hewitt, Head Mistress at Manchester High School for Girls, said: “I want to congratulate our girls and their teachers on this outstanding set of results.

“The IB represents the ‘gold standard’ in preparing our students for both higher education and future careers in an increasingly globalised marketplace. The critical thinking skills and breadth of experience it provides really does give our girls a competitive edge.”

Manchester High School for Girls offers both A Levels and the IB Diploma in the Sixth Form. It is the only girls’ school in the North West of England to provide the IB programme of study. The next open days are on Wednesday 7th October from 6pm and Wednesday 14th October from 3pm. Please contact the School on 0161 224 0447 for more information.