Westbourne Students Secure Record Number of STEM and Business University Places, with Top Scorer Headed to University of Cambridge

Westbourne School Sixth Form students are celebrating today after receiving a sweep of excellent results in their IB Diploma exams, securing them entry into some of the country’s most outstanding Russell Group universities, including the University of Cambridge, University College London and King’s College London.

Top scoring students Huyen and Sandria both scored an exceptional 43 points, Huyen securing her place to read Mathematics at the University of Cambridge.

Huyen, who joined Westbourne from Vietnam, was inspired to apply to Cambridge following the success of Westbourne alumni including Anthony Phung, also from Vietnam, who achieved 45 Points in his IB Diploma at Westbourne, before embarking on a stellar academic career at Cambridge and a fully funded PhD scholarship at Caltech. Huyen’s application to Cambridge was further strengthened by her success in winning a number of national olympiads in mathematics whilst at Westbourne. She said today:

“It was a splendid journey filled with growth and discovery. These years have been a blend of challenges and triumphs, and I am deeply grateful for my teachers’ support. The IB Diploma Programme has pushed me comprehensively from academia to personal achievements. Whilst the rigorous curriculum was demanding, it has made completing this journey even more exciting.”

Luke Huyen, Sandria (who is taking a gap year, before studying medicine) and Oscar (who will attend UCL to study Computer Science) have completed their IB Diploma studies one year early- a testament to the ambitious, focused students Westbourne attracts, as well as the school’s outstanding teaching.

Westbourne has a century-long history of facilitating student access to the world’s leading universities, including Oxbridge and the top London universities, with graduates consistently ranking within the top 1% worldwide. This year sees a record number of Westbourne students secure places on leading STEM and business focused university courses, reflecting the school’s growing reputation for excellence in these fields.

Other top scorers today include Alena and Maria, who will both study Business at the University of Bath; Avril who will study International Management at King’s College London; Isabelle, who will progress to UCL to read National Sciences; Bowie, who embarks on a Medical Sciences degree at Exeter; Priya, who will read Biomedical Sciences at King’s; and Rex, who will study medicine at Hong Kong University.

The IB Diploma advantage

Westbourne offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in place of A Level at Sixth Form, advocating that the IB provides a head start for students in both university applications and future careers for its rich depth and breadth of study.

An increasing number of leading universities are now actively seeking out IB Diploma Programme students for their courses due to the advanced research and study skills they develop at Sixth Form.

Marmaduke, whose excellent results today have confirmed his place to read Global Sustainable Development & Business at the University of Warwick, said of the IB: “The IB was an interesting journey that relied on initiative and personal dedication. Doing more subjects than A levels meant I stayed busy in school and was able to focus throughout the two years better.”

Head of School Miss Joanne Chinnock, said: “The IB Diploma Programme offers unparalleled opportunities for academic and personal growth, and is a stepping stone to the finest universities internationally. We are so proud of our students’ results this year, which reflect the school’s expertise in STEM and business, with a huge number of our students now progressing to study these disciplines, alongside medicine and law, at the very best universities.”

A cutting-edge learning experience

Over the past few years, a pioneering use of AI-assisted technology and virtual reality has transformed the learning experience for Westbourne students, strengthening results at IB and GCSE.

Called “one of the most consistently high-achieving independent schools in Britain” (Sunday Times) and Winner of the prestigious Global EdTech Award 2023, Westbourne was one of the first schools in Wales to introduce artificial intelligence to the classroom. Pupils use a groundbreaking AI learning platform- offering unlimited research and study opportunities- to extend their study.

Westbourne students benefit from the unique opportunity to share knowledge and learnings globally thanks to the school’s growing international network of academically elite IB colleges, with schools now in the UK, Singapore, Sydney and, launching imminently, Mumbai. A pioneering global classroom model links students and teachers globally, in real time, allowing them to share ideas and work together as if in the same room no matter where in the world they are based.

Nurturing the business leaders of the future

Last week, Westbourne launched its inaugural Future Leaders Lab programme at its Singapore college. Led by Adrian Johnson, Adjunct Professor at INSEAD, this exclusive 5-day “mini MBA” equips students with the skills needed to thrive in the world of business and entrepreneurship, including visits to corporations including Google and INSEAD in Singapore, giving them a head-start in their university applications.

Successful applicants have an unprecedented opportunity to build an international network of contacts from all six continents, growing the skills and confidence to stand out in top university applications, and hit the ground running in their future careers.