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Manchester High School for Girls


Manchester High School for Girls’ International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma students celebrated world class results on 5th July.

This year’s IB cohort at Manchester High achieved an average point score of 39 out of a maximum of 45. Globally these results are outstanding; last year the average point score was 30.07.

Katie O’Brien (18) from Stockport and Anya Haji-Michael (18) from Wilmslow both achieved a superb point score of 42.

Anya sailed to success with her IB Diploma results

Anya, who sails with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Youth Squad, was delighted with her achievement. She said: “I am so pleased with my results as I can now go on to study International Relations at the University of Exeter. Being involved with the Model United Nations in school gave me the spark to study the subject. 

Sailing in the RYA confirms that they believe Anya has the potential to win a medal at an Olympic games. Anya concluded: “I intend to continue improve my sailing whilst at university and one of the reasons I picked Exeter was the fantastic sailing and sporting opportunities. Although I will miss everyone at MHSG, I really can’t wait to get started this autumn!”

Katie, who has studied at MHSG since Year 5, said: “I am lost for words, and so happy with my results. All the hard work has paid off!

“I intend to take a gap year, travel and just enjoy myself a little, but I have my eyes set on human rights law. With that career path in mind, I will be applying to universities next year and see where it takes me.”

Katie celebrating her superb IB results

Mrs Claire Hewitt, Head Mistress at Manchester High School for Girls, said: “The IB Diploma was launched, as an alternative to A-levels, in the Sixth Form at MHSG in September 2010. Our girls have consistently achieved excellent results with the 2017 cohort securing an average of 39 points from a maximum of 45. This places our girls well above their global peers who achieved just over 30 points last year.

“We have, however, been disappointed with the low number of girls choosing to study the Diploma and feel that IB classes made up of just one or two girls are limiting for both pupils and teachers. As such we will no longer be offering the IB Diploma at Manchester High.

“Interestingly, one of the reasons behind us introducing the Diploma was that we felt its linear nature, theory of knowledge and extended essay components distinguished it from the traditional A-level programme. However, recent changes have seen it become less dissimilar to A-levels (that are now linear) and the Extended Project Qualification that a significant proportion of our girls choose to undertake. 90% of girls who took the EPQ in 2016 received an A* and we are anticipating similar success in 2017.

Jumoke celebrating her fantastic IB  results with her family

“The IB is undoubtedly a superb qualification and we are incredibly proud of all MHSG students that have completed the course with us. I should like to take this opportunity to congratulate our 2017 cohort for their superb results and wish them all the best for the future.”

Photos of the results afternoon are available on our Flickr.