Congratulations to the IB Class of 2021!

After a tough year of uncertainty and unusual pressures, the Anglo IB cohort of 2021 have achieved record-breaking results with a 100% pass rate. Our average Diploma points score is 36 which is 3 points above the global average. All of our IB Career-related (CP) Programme students have been awarded the Certificate.

More than a quarter of our Diploma candidates scored 40 points or more, and one student scored an incredible 44 points, which is truly outstanding. The IB issued allocations for Predicted Grades to help teachers to ensure that this year’s results were in line with previous years, offering the school the chance to appeal the allocation, where we had evidence to justify the change. Staff worked extensively in March and April to appeal the allocations where necessary, and to ensure a thorough quality assurance process was in place to provide evidence-based final Predicted Grades in line with the IB Organisation guidelines. The IB then assessed coursework for every student for every subject to ensure grades would be valued by Higher Education Institutions worldwide.

Headteacher, David Barrs said, “This is a remarkable set of results which the entire community can be justly proud, not least the students themselves. Along with the broad, enriched education they have received they now represent a generation of young people who are very well-placed to help our communities, locally and globally, to build back better after the challenges we have all faced over the last year or so. I wish them all every success.”

Susannah Porsz, IB Curriculum Manager said, “I could not be prouder of this cohort of students. The non-exam route poses particular challenges for students with the cancellation of examinations yet a need for evidence, and they did extremely well in March and April, despite having just come out of lockdown. Some elements of the Diploma were externally assessed as usual and the fact that all coursework has been marked by IB examiners only strengthens these results and makes them all the more impressive. The IB worked hard with schools, universities and Ofqual to ensure that these results would compare globally and locally with previous years, despite the unusual circumstances, and to ensure parity between the non-examination and the examination routes. We are elated with the outcomes that reflect the hard work of our students throughout the past two years.”

Mrs Gee, Headteacher concluded, “This is a truly world-class set of results and our IB students should be incredibly proud of their achievements in an unprecedented, challenging year. These results are reflective of their incredible resilience and determination to succeed, achieve their academic potential and reach some very impressive destinations including those who will take up their Russell Group and Oxbridge University offers. We’re grateful to the relentless support of our IB Leadership Team and our outstanding teachers, whose expertise and dedicated support both in school and remotely, during lockdown, has been hugely appreciated.

Farewell to our Upper Sixth students

This has been a particularly tough two years for this cohort who have risen to the challenges that have been placed before them, and acted in a mature and reflective manner through what have been unprecedented times in education. They will have learnt things about themselves and others that they didn’t know before, and picked up new skills along the way because of the circumstances they have found themselves in. We are very proud of how they have coped with these two years and know that they will go on to be part of the generation that will change the world, even by a small part, for the better.

Our Upper Sixth students enjoyed a fantastic last day in school. The fancy dress was as impressive as always, but the conduct of the students in making this a fun and enjoyable day was greatly appreciated by all the staff. We look forward to seeing them again at the Sixth Form picnic and Prom shortly.

IB Anglo students achieve 3 points above the worldwide average

We wish to congratulate all of our IB students on the results they have achieved this week. Our IB Diploma Students (DP) achieved an average score of 33 points, which is in line with previous cohorts and 3 points above the worldwide average of 29.9, and our maximum individual points score was 40 out of a possible 45. In May 2019 this would have placed these pupils in the top 10% worldwide. The vast majority have met or exceeded their university offers, and we will support any who narrowly missed. In the absence of examinations, these were based on a combination of coursework, predicted grades and historic school and subject data. We are not yet sure of the exact combination that was used to calculate these results and there will certainly be some appeals on individual results where pupils are close to the upper boundary. 

Our Career Programme (CP) students did well in their challenging Reflective Projects and completed a diverse service learning portfolio. Our IBCP Coordinator Ben Knights said: “This is a pleasing set of results which evidence the personal development made by our 2020 IBCP cohort. They leave the Anglo European Sixth Form with “work ready” competencies which, through their Service Learning and Language Development portfolios, showcase their sustained engagement. I am especially proud of the reflective projects undertaken by this group, as all students thoughtfully reflected upon an ethical dilemma within their career-related study, allowing them to demonstrate all IB Learner Profile characteristics. I wish them well for the future.” As a school we are quite unique in offering A levels in combination with single IB subjects and there were many positive individual results amongst this group, which will be combined with their A level results in August.

The Headteachers, David Barrs and Jody Gee said: “Results day is a stop-over on your journey which began two years ago and now takes you to the edge of the cliff and gives you wings to fly.  Whatever the circumstances, those results mean something but do not ever forget the IB Mission – to make the world a better place.  Despite missing school we have all learned so much from our experience of COVID 19 – the greatness and the fragility of our common humanity.  Don’t allow yourself to be defined by the global lockdown .  The world is ripe for change and you are well-placed, as part of a global network of IB graduates, to be the leaders of that change.”

Our IB Curriculum Manager Susannah Porsz said: “I am really proud of every one of our IB Students, they worked hard throughout the two years and the overall results are pleasing. Some pupils would have undoubtedly achieved a higher grade had they been able to take the examinations as planned, and these pupils have the option to retake in November 2020, as we are offering this session for the first time ever. The IB is about so much more than results and these students are well-rounded, global citizens who will no doubt be the leaders of the future. I wish them all every success, no matter what path they take.”

David Barrs shares Anglo’s philosophy at the Royal Society of Arts

David Barrs spoke at the Royal Society of Arts as part of a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the IB.  He shared the Anglo’s philosophy on a broad and balanced curriculum for all students including GCSE and A level. #IB50  #RoyalSocietyofArts

Anglo Students of 2018 Celebrate Fantastic Results in Historic 40th Year as an International Baccalaureate School

On the day we celebrate our 40th birthday as an IB World school, we are also able to celebrate another remarkable set of IB results. In the Diploma Programme this has led to an impressive cohort average of 34 points, compared to the global average of 29 points last year (this year’s average has not yet been published.) We have two students with an incredible score of 43 points and a third student with 42. These results are testament to the hard work and dedication students have shown in their studies. However it must never be overlooked that we are equally proud of any student whose point score has been a triumph for them personally. Students sometimes have to face many adverse circumstances and often a pass is something to be celebrated as much as the very highest grades in those situations.

The IBCP is the newest addition to the IB’s continuum and Anglo European was the first school in the country to launch the programme in 2010. It is designed for students wishing to engage in career-related learning while gaining transferable skills sought after by employers. IBCP students have received their results for the DP subjects studied within the CP and 100% of the cohort have achieved their Careers Programme Qualification. Now these students await A Level results in August to finalise their next step plans.

David Barrs, co-Headteacher said,

“To achieve an average point score of 34/45 in the IB Diploma is remarkable enough but to achieve this consistently and compete with, if not outperform, local independent schools is testimony to the depth of experience we have built up during our long relationship with the IB organisation.

We are also delighted that we have achieved a 100% pass rate in the IB Career Programme. The IBCP is a professional qualification which complements the more academic Diploma.”

Marie-Louise Brown, the IB Curriculum Manager said,

“Yet again our students have demonstrated huge effort to achieve these fine results. The Diploma and Careers Programmes are becoming hugely popular in many parts of the world and our students join a growing international alumni. Praise for these results should also go to colleagues here at the Anglo European School who spend so much time beyond the classroom to support our students as they navigate their way through these testing courses. There is so much pressure on state schools to drop the IB as so many others have done because running them alongside A Levels is expensive but these results more than justify the bold decision to keep going with this fantastic qualification. IB students can now enjoy a long summer preparing for the next part of their lives whether that is university, an apprenticeship or the working world but whatever they do it will be good to have one last celebration with them today as the whole school marks the school’s 40th year anniversary delivering the International Baccalaureate.”

The school is hosting the celebration to mark its 40 year long association with the International Baccalaureate and all IB students and teachers, past and present have been invited.

IB students move towards their final hurdle

Our IB students leave the Anglo today to begin their final preparations for their exams. They dressed as their favourite icons to mark this special day. David Barrs, Headteacher said: “Another generation of IB students move towards their final hurdle at school and we wish them every success.”

Another successful International Day

Another successful International Day organised by the Sixth Formers to celebrate the unique cultural diversity of our students featuring workshops such as origami and henna lessons, traditional musical and poetry performances in punjabi and creole, food from around the world including Nigeria and Somalia, Afrobeats and Turkish dance classes and a taster didgeridoo lesson. Also held throughout the day was a kickboxing competition, a Carrom Board Game championship, a sari/guntiino wrapping competition and an international football tournament. All Sixth Formers threw themselves into the spirit of the day by dressing in their traditional and ‘not-so traditional’ costumes and gained a deeper understanding of a wide range of cultures.

Taking the IB CP Forward

We are pleased to be able to share the release of this publication, “Taking the IB CP Forward” which explores the key elements of the programme, its flexibility and how it can implemented to meet the needs of a range of educational contexts.  David Barrs and Sara Woodcock from the Anglo contributed towards this publication at the request of the IBO.  The Anglo was the first state school in the UK to introduce the IBCP in 2010.


Anglo students celebrate impressive IB results

On July 6th nearly 150,000 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-related Programme (CP) students around the world received their exam results.

They join a community of more than 1,493,820 IB graduates in 136 countries across the world. The number of students receiving their diplomas in the UK this year is 4,969, marking an increase on last year’s figures (4,925).

The Anglo European School celebrated their impressive results with a cohort average of 35 points, which compares favourably to the global diploma score of 30 (out of a maximum of 45.) The average pass rate for the UK was 34.6 points. Four students from Anglo attained over 40 in their diploma with the highest result at 43. Though statistics haven’t been finalised for this year, if we look at previous averages, a score of 43 would put this student into the top 2% of IB results globally – an incredible achievement.

The IBCP is the newest addition to the IB’s continuum and Anglo European was the first school in the country to launch the programme. It is designed for students wishing to engage in career-related learning while gaining transferable skills sought after by employers. IBCP students have received their results for the DP subjects studied within the CP and now await their A Level results in August.

“I’d like to praise and congratulate the students; these results are as good as they are because our students have shown great dedication, commitment and hard work in their learning. We are very proud of what they have achieved.”

Marie-Louise Brown – IB Curriculum Manager

“Independent research confirms that the IB improves students’ academic achievement, as well as their probability of high school graduation and college enrolment, and it is clear that our students are better prepared to succeed in post-secondary settings.

“And, perhaps more importantly, they’re better prepared to contribute in helping to make the world a better place.”

Dr Siva Kumari, IB Director General.

Headteacher, Mr Barrs is awarded by the Prime Minister

An Essex headteacher who has dedicated over thirty years of his life to bringing the message of the UN to young people across the region has been named a Point of Light by Prime Minister David Cameron.

David Barrs [60] from Ingatestone in Essex was inspired as a young geography teacher by the UN’s message of inclusivity and social justice and has been promoting it in the UK among young people ever since, enabling more than 400 young people to visit the UN in Geneva and New York City. 

David is the latest recipient of a Point of Light award, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements. 

With the UN Association (UK) David edited a series of UN Kits to mark the 50th anniversary of the UN in 1994 .They used UN contexts to support the teaching of the National Curriculum. A further edition, using the framework of the International Baccalaureate curriculum was also commissioned and 80,000 copies were distributed worldwide to over 160 countries. They were translated into 12 languages including the 6 official UN languages 

Prime Minister David Cameron said: 

“David has shown young people the importance of international relations, giving them an understanding of how different nations can work together to do good. His work has had an impact across the UK and beyond, with the visits he organises helping to bring learning to life for hundreds of children. I congratulate him on becoming a Point of Light.”

David was awarded the UN Silver Medal for this work.  He has spoken at over 50 schools around the country and organises a UN quiz for local schools in his home town of Saffron Walden which has been running for over 20 years.

David is the 361st winner of the Points of Light award which has been developed in partnership with the hugely successful Points of Light programme in the USA and was first established by President George H. W. Bush. Over 5,000 US Points of Light have been awarded and both President George H. W. Bush and President Barack Obama have publicly supported the partnership with Points of Light UK which honours shining examples of volunteering across the country.

Regardless of whether it’s a doctor restoring local monuments in her free time, a father teaching young people life skills, or a local musician giving a voice to lonely people, the Point of Light award honours shining examples of volunteering across the UK.

David said:

“My geography teaching introduced me to the work of the UN, the UN work introduced me to the International Baccalaureate and as a Headteacher I also volunteer my time to the IB as a member of the Board of Governors and Chairman of the Heads Council.  The UN and the IB inspire me and have given me the opportunity to make a difference – which I hope in some way I have”