STUDENTS from Ellesmere College have been celebrating the first results of the summer with the publication of the International Baccalaureate Diploma results.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma was introduced at Ellesmere College fourteen years ago, as an alternative to A Levels.

Students who follow the International Baccalaureate course study six subjects, a course in the Theory of Knowledge, and produce a university standard extended essay as part of their assessment.

The pass level to gain the full diploma is 24 points, with an award over 30 points being equivalent of A*AA grades at A Level. The 2020 Ellesmere IB results saw 100 per cent pass rate with 57 per cent achieving 30 or more points.

All of Ellesmere sixth formers completing the IB this year have been congratulated.

Particularly notable results were from Robert von der Luhe, who achieved 34 points and goes on to study biomedical sciences at Nottingham Trent University, Iwo Hachulski, who achieved 33 points and is hoping to study economics at New York University in Abu Dhabi.

Malte Ludwig and Henriette Czech achieved 33 and 32 respectively and intend to study medicine in Germany.

The diploma opens doors to the top universities in both the UK and around the world and Ellesmere sixth formers have embraced the global perspective with places secured to study in Ghent, Maastricht, Germany, Abu Dhabi, in addition to the UK.

Headmaster at Ellesmere College, Brendan Wignall, said he was delighted for the hard work of all the students.

He said: "I am delighted for our pupils who have done so well in the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme.

"I commend them for how well they adjusted to the sudden changes in March as they moved to online learning, they have certainly worked very hard and achieved an excellent set of results.

"They are exceptionally well prepared for university following the rigorous demands of this course of study."