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Westminster Academy students bag host of top scores in International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

PUBLISHED: 10:29 16 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:29 16 August 2018

High achiever Karolina Bentkowska opening her results at Westminster Academy. Photo by Westminster Academy

High achiever Karolina Bentkowska opening her results at Westminster Academy. Photo by Westminster Academy

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Westminster Academy has achieved a host of top scores in its International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).

Students opening their results at Westminster Academy. Photo by Westminster AcademyStudents opening their results at Westminster Academy. Photo by Westminster Academy

Results day this morning saw five students achieving 40 points or above, out of a possible 45 points: Tatiana Nishizono-Miller, Karolina Bentkowska, Joaquim Dickson, Aysha Syeda and Arseniy Khovanski.

Top performers Tatiana and Karolina achieved bagged 43 points, which puts them among the top 2per cent of IBDP students globally.

Tatiana is now looking forward to taking up her place at the University of Cambridge to study Archeology.

She said: “Opening results was really nerve-wracking but when I saw my results I was so relieved. The IB requires more input but you get a lot more out of it. I’m really excited about the course at Cambridge, as well as joining societies and meeting new people.”

Top performer Tatiana Nishizono-Miller opening her results at Westminster Academy. Photo by Westminster AcademyTop performer Tatiana Nishizono-Miller opening her results at Westminster Academy. Photo by Westminster Academy

Mastering six subjects, plus an IB core of theory of knowledge, creativity, activity and service, and an extended essay, students feel well prepared to meet the challenges of university life. Karolina explained: “At first it is difficult, but when you know what you are doing, you can organise yourself.”

Classmates, Daisy Woods and Chloe Peti-Peti both secured places at UCL with IBDP scores of 38 and 39. Christi Mofidi, who won the annual hero of the sixth-form award for her work helping others, was also celebrating after her results earned her a place at King’s College London. Christi said: “I’ve had a great two years in the sixth form at Westminster Academy. Aside from my studies, I feel like I’ve developed as a person due to the amazing help the teachers have provided us with.”

International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) students achieved an impressive 100pc pass rate. The IBCP blends a vocational, career-based course with at least two IB subjects and a similar core to the diploma programme.

IBCP student Beslinda Musa will be reading psychology at City University after achieving IB certificates in English language and literature and maths, and a BTEC extended diploma in applied science.

Students opening their results at Westminster Academy. Photo by Westminster Academy Students opening their results at Westminster Academy. Photo by Westminster Academy

Beslinda said: “I have really enjoyed studying the IBCP, particularly the service learning element of the IB Core - it is great to do something different outside your academic field. Throughout my seven year journey at WA I have become more appreciative of the teachers. No matter what, they are always there for you and help you through everything.”

Principal Dr Saima Rana added: “Beyond their fantastic results, I am immensely proud that this was the cohort who initiated sustainability and LGBT plus inclusion strategies among the student body, led a charity campaign raising over £1,500 for Children in Need, and made their voices heard in the pilot Amplify programme. This is an inspirational group of young people who will continue to use the tool of education to make a difference.

“I would like to add a heartfelt thanks to the staff who have dedicated so much time to support our IB students, as well as parents, carers, sponsors, governors and our community and business partners whose contributions have, and will continue to play a huge part in the success of these students.”

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