Why the IB?

Bexley Grammar School prides itself on its outstanding academic record as well as its care for every individual. The pinnacle of our achievement is our consistently unrivalled success in securing the best destinations for our students, from prestigious work-based placements to a whole range of universities including record Oxbridge and Russell group university success for any school in the Borough of Bexley.

Why the IB?

  • In our post-Brexit landscape, it will be more necessary than ever for tomorrow’s leaders to be able to engage with the whole global economy. The IB prepares you best for the fast-changing world of your future.
  • Employers are crying out for students with a language, with some mathematical ability, and with communication skills – all these are brilliantly developed by the IB Diploma.
  • CAS allows you to receive, officially, credit for hobbies, extra-curricular activities, voluntary work and work experience while the Extended Essay hones skills either for a university dissertation or for that research or business report that sets you apart from your colleagues at work.
  • Universities now fully recognise the well-rounded, independent qualities of typical IB students and in recent years the best universities have been making increasingly attractive offers to BGS students – during your visit take a look at the Destinations Boards in the Canteen: you will see the amazing range and quality of our students’ outcomes.
  • You finish your IB examinations in May and receive your IB results early in July, securing those destinations five or six weeks before the August results.
  • The IB is for the whole ability range – not only do we have IB students going on to Oxford and Cambridge and into Medicine, but every IB student last year, whatever their ability, received offers from respected universities – not one IB student failed to gain a place at university, if he or she wanted one.
  • Another feature that may well benefit you is that there are so many different assessment styles: unlike A-Levels which are entirely linear and exam-based, most IB subjects are modular, with coursework, oral presentations, practicals and group work accounting for, on average, about 50% of the marks.
  • Over recent years, many students who did not achieve sufficient grades at GCSE to pursue the A level subjects they had chosen, followed those subjects in the IB and were very successful. (Click here for some examples of GCSE grade progression to University places). There are so many ways to make the IB work for you and help you to manage your workload. If you do not intend to study Maths or a related subject at university then Maths Studies allows you to develop those skills for which employers are searching, skills such as problem-solving and statistical analysis and manipulation. Employers are also hunting for workplace communication skills and literacy: 95% of those who took English standard over the past two years achieved a 5 or better. A foreign language really makes you stand out: standard language continues naturally from a GCSE language or, if you struggled in that language or you wish to  try a new language, beginners (ab initio) level might be your choice. If you do not wish to pursue one of the three sciences, you may choose Environmental Studies or perhaps Sports Science or Computer Science. There is a combination that will personalise the IB for you, provide the three Higher subjects you need for university while keeping the breadth that will put you a notch above others in the eyes of your future employers.

The IB is the best next step for bright, ambitious young people today. There are literally 1000’s of Diploma packages available at BGS – find the one that uniquely prepares you for the next stage in your education.