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

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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.”

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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.

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IB Students of 2017 Make History!

As the Anglo European School enters its 40th year as an IB World School it celebrated another year of impressive International Baccalaureate results which in the Diploma Programme has led to a cohort average of 33 points, compared to the global average of 30 points. For the first time in the recent history of delivering the Diploma Programme we are very proud to announce that we have a student, Katharine Beck, who has achieved the elusive 45 maximum points and a second student Andrei Lovin, on 43 points. Though international statistics haven’t been finalised for this year, if we look at previous averages, a score of 43 would put a student into the top 2% of IB results globally – an incredible achievement.

Katharine will now go on to study Medicine at Oxford whilst Andrei intends to read Economics at Leeds. Many students are continuing to Russell Group universities while others take time out with gap years, whatever the case, results this early give our students plenty of time to reflect and to consider how to best use their time this summer with many taking up voluntary posts and dedicating some time to travel.

The IBCP is the newest addition to the IB’s continuum of education and Anglo European was the first school in the country to launch it 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.

They join a community of nearly 1,500,000 IB graduates in 136 countries across the world. The number of students receiving their diplomas in the UK this year is almost 5,000.

“I am hugely proud of what these students have achieved, they have shown impressive commitment to their studies and dug deep when getting through the workload seemed impossible. In particular I would like to extend praise to students who have shown exceptional independence, resilience and self -motivation in the last two years. I must also give thanks to those colleagues who work so hard in a hugely pressurised profession, to go above and beyond what is expected to support our students.”

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.

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”

Anglo European School Welcome Film Makers from International Baccalaureate Organisation

A film production team from the International Baccaulaureate Organisation who are creating a promotional video for the IBCC visited the school this week, the three minute film will be used globally to promote the IBCC both internally and externally, by the IB and  IB World Schools.

The film will feature students from the school who are currently studying the IBCC, the students were filmed speaking about their IBCC experience and what they hope the course will enable them to achieve.

The Anglo European School was the first state school in the UK to offer the IBCC and in conjunction with the IBO will be leading training for participating schools in the UK.

Pupils Celebrate as IB Results are Released

We are delighted with our first external examination results for 2012. On Friday 6th July our Students who studied for the International Baccalaureate Diploma were celebrating their successes.  Our Diploma students achieved an average points score of 32, significantly above the world average of 29 points.  We are particularly proud of this achievement given the comprehensive nature of our intake.

We have a wealth of experience in the teaching of this course having offered it as an alternative to traditional A levels since 1977.

Our students have gained places at some of the top UK institutions including Oxford, UCL, and Edinburgh. The breadth of the I.B diploma reflects the range of degrees our students are going on to study from the traditional subjects , French, German, Economics , History of Art to the more unusual ones including South East Asian studies and even Veterinary Science at the Royal Veterinary College.

Our students recognise that there are challenges to studying the diploma whilst recognising the advantages that it gives them when moving on to Higher Education:

Claire Lowe (French and German, Oriel College, Oxford) “I found the IB very challenging in terms of depth and breadth, however it really helped me to develop study skills that will be invaluable at university.

Hannah Hoyle (Economic History, Edinburgh) “The IB has been a very challenging and stimulating course, which I believe has been well worth the extra effort. I have thoroughly enjoyed the independence it offers along with the wide range of subjects and feel not only that it gave me an advantage in gaining an offer from university, but has now also prepared me well for the next 4 years.”

Luke Riley (Music, Brunel)"Studying the IB has been an unbelievable challenge, but the results it yields are truly worth it. It has taught me to focus on the essentials and to work to a very tight schedule, and I'm sure that these will become invaluable skills for University and beyond."

We are also delighted that our first cohort for the International Baccalaureate Career Related Certificate all achieved their qualification. This programme of study was introduced in 2010 when we became the first UK state school to offer it. This unique programme enables students to take at least one applied A level alongside the rigour of I.B. subjects at a standard level. It also involves the study of a modern foreign language, some vocational study and community service. We had 100% pass rate for the students on this course in their I.B. standard subjects.

Both of these I.B programmes are designed to give students a broad, well-rounded international education and the skills needed by universities, employers and society at large.  

Mr Barrs, Co-Headteacher said:  “IB courses are a distinctive feature of our outstanding sixth form and we are pleased yet again, that our students continue to perform …at such a high level. The students and staff have worked very hard for this success.  We expect our A-level results to be very good too but, unfortunately, the A-level students have to wait another month for their results!”