40 ACS Hillingdon students have this week received their final IB Diploma results, enabling them to go on to world-class universities in the UK, US and across the globe.

15% of the final year students were awarded 38 points or above, worth on average 236 UCAS points on the new Tariff for 2017 - this is worth more than the 224 points a student gets for 4 A* grades at A-level.

Diane Hren, head of school at ACS Hillingdon, said: “Many congratulations to the class of 2017, whose hard work, determination and commitment has really paid off in achieving such fantastic results.”

13% of the 2017 cohort completed bilingual diplomas in languages including Italian, Japanese and Spanish and many of the ACS Hillingdon leavers will be going on to study at leading universities in the UK and around the world, including UCL, King's College, Imperial, Warwick, Georgetown, The University of Chicago and Boston College.

Gabriel Blanchard, Diploma Student and 2017 Graduate, commented, “The IB has already helped me achieve my goals as it has helped me gain a scholarship to my dream school, allowing me to study my passion which is Architectural Design.

“I also believe the IB provided me with a set of skills that will allow me to develop my abilities to the highest level in university.”

ACS International Schools recently published the results of research which revealed that UK admissions officers rated the IB Diploma Programme over A-levels and Scottish Highers as the best preparation to thrive at university.

University skills best provided by the IB Diploma Programme include encouraging independent enquiry, cited by 94% of officers, self-management skills at 91% and nurturing an open mind at 93%.

Ms Hren added: “I have no doubt the entire cohort will go on to achieve great things and that their time at ACS Hillingdon will have laid the foundation for even more success in the future.”