This summer, our candidates, along with those around the world, were not able to take their exams due to the global pandemic. Instead, Diploma scores were calculated by the IBO. We are delighted to report that all 31 of our IB candidates were awarded their Diploma, with an average score of 36.1 points per candidate (4 points above the global average).
Among our candidates, eight students achieved at least 40 points (the equivalent of at least 3 A* grades at A Level), and fifteen achieved 35 points or more (the equivalent of 3 A grades at A Level). This represents approximately half of our cohort achieving at this level, which is just outstanding. Students hold offers for some of the best universities around the world, in countries as diverse as Canada, the Netherlands, United States of America, Italy and of course the UK, with offers for Cambridge, Durham, Warwick, UCL, Bath, Exeter and City University among others.
Dominic Wells achieved Felsted's joint top IB score with a world-class 43 points, to secure his offer to study Law at Cambridge (Sidney Sussex College). He achieved top marks in English, History, Maths and French. Dominic threw himself into every area of school life, from being a Prefect and playing 2nd team rugby to winning the school’s annual public speaking competition and being Secretary-General of this year’s Felsted Model United Nations Conference. Dominic joined Felsted in the Sixth Form as an Academic Scholar from King Edwards VIth Grammar School in Chelmsford, and aspires to become a barrister in the future.
Anna Freymuth is our joint top scorer at Felsted this year, achieving a world leading 43 points, to secure a place at Manchester to read Economics and Politics, with top scores in Economics, English, Chemistry and Psychology.
Anna joined Felsted in the Sixth Form as a full boarder from Berlin in Germany, so her result whilst studying in a second language is just amazing. Anna balanced her studies with taking part in the Gold Duke of Edinburgh programme, which included volunteering at a local charity shop on Friday afternoons. She is looking forward to starting at Manchester in September.
Jack Tristani gained a world class 42 points. Jack joined Felsted Sixth Form from Frankfurt after spending a summer at Felsted’s International Summer School improving his English and getting familiar with boarding school life. With Italian and Irish parents, Jack has always lived in Germany but wanted to come to a British Boarding School to meet his aspirations of studying at a British university. He is currently waiting for confirmation from Durham to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). A member of the Andrews Academic Society, a Prefect and Secretary General at Felsted’s Model United Nations earlier this year, Jack has taken full advantage of Felsted’s co-curricular programme, including playing tennis and taking part in the Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition.
Headmaster Chris Townsend comments: "It has been a strange process for the students, deprived of proving their worth in the exam hall, but all 31 can be incredibly proud of the hard work that they have put in over the last two years to achieve this exceptional qualification.
We wish them every success as they move on from Felsted to further education, and fully expect them to continue to flourish. This has been Felsted's 12th year entering students for the IB, and while it has certainly been the strangest, I would also like to thank all of the teachers for their hard work and support, especially Mrs Karen Woodhouse as our Director of IB."
Fenella Alexander achieved a world class 41 points, with top marks in English, History and Latin, alongside studying French, Chemistry and Maths, and will be studying History at UCL in September. At Felsted since the age of 4, Fenella was Deputy Head Girl and both an Academic and Drama Scholar at Felsted, taking full advantage of all the opportunities on offer. A member of the senior academic Andrews Society, Fenella was also a Sergeant in the Combined Cadet Force and represented the school in netball and tennis over her school years. With a stunning voice, Fenella could often be seen on the Felsted stage, most recently playing Madame Thenardier in the School’s production of Les Miserables.
Fenella chose the IB because it enabled her to study a broader range of subjects, and also provided several opportunities to become more involved in the school, such as partaking in MUN in the Lower Sixth. Having been at the school for such a substantial amount of time, Fenella is looking forward to university, and is glad that the IB Diploma has set her up with the life skills needed to succeed in the next chapter after Felsted.
Samuel Maurer, an international full boarder from Switzerland, achieved an extremely credible 40 points in the IB Diploma, with top marks in English and Spanish. Sam joined Felsted in Year 9 on a full bursary, funded by a generous former international pupil and successful business leader. Sam fully involved himself in school life as both a Prefect and an Academic Scholar, balancing his studies with taking part in Model United Nations events and playing football, squash and rugby. Sam has met his offer to read International Relations and Organisations at Leiden University in the Netherlands.
Sam enjoyed the broad curriculum that the IB Diploma provides and did not want to be limited to studying just three A Level subjects. He particularly enjoyed working alongside students from different cultures for the depth of debate it provides. Sam is delighted with his results and thanks Felsted for all the opportunities it has provided to get him where he is today.