An increasing number of Australian parents are choosing International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes as their preferred education option. This trend is particularly strong in the senior school years, where the IB Diploma has almost tripled in popularity since the early 2000s.
Once considered the preserve of international schools, the IB Diploma is now considered a credible alternative to state-based certificates such as the HSC and VCE.
Trinity Grammar School is no exception where the IB Diploma continues to grow in popularity. Last year saw the largest ever cohort (64 students) undertake this rigorous programme and achieve, to the boys’ credit, the School’s third best result on record. Not only were Trinity’s results among the best of all the IB schools in NSW and the ACT, but also some of the finest in Australia.
Trinity boys performed well in almost all 36 courses offered, with 92 percent of candidates obtaining IB scores in excess of the world average. Over 40 percent of candidates earned 40+ IB points (equal to an ATAR of 98.30). Eighty percent of students achieved an IB score of 33+ (equal to an ATAR of 90+).
To find out more about Trinity's 2015 IB results, click here.
In 2014, the School recorded the best IB results nationwide, emphasising Trinity’s exceptional performance on the world stage. In fact, Trinity students have consistently performed well in the IB.
Trinity Grammar School graduate Cameron Griffith (’14) was awarded an Athletic Scholarship to the University of Arkansas in the United States. Cameron chose to complete the IB Diploma, which allowed him to balance his studies with training and perform highly in both areas. As a result, he was offered scholarships to three different universities in the US, including Oklahoma, Villanova and Arkansas. He chose the University of Arkansas based on the Environmental Science course offered and commenced his studies there last August. Just last year, Trinity Grammar School became the first school in Australasia to be accredited as a World Academy of Sport Athlete Friendly Education Centre, so we can expect to see more Trinity graduates become sport scholarship recipients just like Cameron.
But what is it about the IB Diploma that makes it such an alluring option to parents? And how is it different from existing state-based curricula and certificates?
- The IB is recognised around the world and ensures increased adaptability and mobility for IB students.
- The curriculum and pedagogy of IB programmes focus on international perspectives of learning and teaching, while insisting that students fully explore their home culture and language.
- IB World Schools must undergo an exhaustive authorisation process in order to offer one or more of the programmes, which includes a study of the school's resources and commitment to the IB mission and philosophy.
- IB teachers participate in a wide variety of professional development opportunities to constantly update their knowledge and share their expertise with colleagues around the world.
- Many students graduating from the Diploma find that it enhances their opportunities at tertiary institutions. The IB develops students that top universities want: students with expert subject knowledge; with the skills good students require – research, essay writing, footnoting; with the spirit of intellectual inquiry and critical thinking, the ability to challenge, argue and ask questions.
- The core components of IB programmes encourage students to participate in creative and service-oriented activities, while at the same time emphasising the importance of reflection on a personal and academic level.
Julian Metcalf, UK associate manager for the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), believes that industry sees the IB’s benefits. He points out that salaries for IB school leavers in full-time employment is on average £20,500, compared with £19,000 for those with A-levels. He also highlights research commissioned by the British Council and Think Global (two charities promoting international education) suggesting that three-quarters of employers want young people to “think more globally” in order to prevent falling behind emerging economies such as China.
Trinity is one of the few schools in NSW large enough to provide students with the power of choice, which it knows inspires boys to flourish. It is this breadth of opportunities that enables each and every Trinity boy to realise his potential, understand his purpose in life and become a well-rounded individual whatever his passion.
To learn more about how Trinity knows boys need to flourish, download our prospectus here.