King Ethelbert School runs the International Baccalaureate Careers related Programme (IBCP) in the 6th Form, which combines academic and vocational study.  For this, students study an applied learning ‘Career Related Study’ such as a level 3 BTEC Diploma (equivalent to 2 A’levels) or BTEC Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A’levels), combined with two academic IB Diploma subjects.  This is blended together through a brilliant ‘Core’ component in which students develop their personal and professional skills and their understanding of the wider world to prepare them fully for further study or employment.

King Ethelbert are celebrating their Y13 IBCP results; 91% passed the full IBCP qualification, with 96% pass rate in IB Diploma subjects and 100% pass rate in the BTEC or Career Related Subjects. They are especially proud that half of the BTECs were achieved at the very top grades of double or triple Distinctions or Distinction Stars and a third of all IB subjects were at the very top IB grades of 7-5.

Congratulations to King Ethelbert students on some fantastic individual successes – students are successfully securing places at top universities, higher-level apprenticeships, and employment, with a number securing over 200 UCAS points which is quite exceptional. Joe Marsh achieved 230 UCAS points including a triple distinction star (D*D*D*) in Applied Science and is off to Nottingham University to study Mathematical Physics. Lily Dent achieved 206 UCAS points in Applied Science with IB English and IB Psychology and is off to study Nursing (learning disabilities) at the University of Greenwich. Jacob Middleton achieved D*D*D in Applied Science with IB Global Politics and IB History and a grade A in his Reflective Project and will be doing Paramedic Science at Greenwich University.  Lisa-Marie Money has been awarded a scholarship to study Fine Art at Aberystwyth University.  Reagan Gibson is off to Coventry University to study Law. Lucy Paris has a place to study PE, sport and Exercise Science at Canterbury Christchurch University. Owen Pickering achieved outstanding grades also and is starting a higher level apprenticeship with South East Rail on Monday.

Vicky Willis, Head of School is delighted; “the students have made tremendous academic progress showing great determination through their IBCP journey and we feel proud and privileged to work with such a considerate, community-minded and outward thinking group of young people.  I have no doubt these are young men and women who will go out and have a positive impact on the world around them.”

Joss Rebera, Assistant Headteacher and Head of 6th Form said: “the students have shown tremendous grit and character, rising to the challenges of the breadth and rigor of the IBCP and they have developed and grown into fantastic young adults with exciting futures ahead of them”.