UWC Atlantic College has been lauded by the global organisation for its enduring academic and extra-curricular success, as its exam results continue to rise above the global average.
In a new five-year evaluation report, the IB praised UWC Atlantic for the breadth of its curriculum, as well its provision of 'education that goes beyond academic development'.
The report findings are backed up by the release of the college’s 2015/2016 academic results, where the average score was 35 out of 45 for a second year running – a full five points above the global average.
In the annual results, 86% of UWC Atlantic College students awarded the IB Diploma scored 30 points or above, with more than 20% achieving 40 points or higher.
At UWC Atlantic College, students split their week equally between their IB studies and co-curricular activities. These are divided among four faculties – Environmental, Global, Social Justice and Outdoor – with each holding special conferences and events throughout the year that 'enrich the curriculum' according to IB’s report.
The college’s student-led initiatives and community outreach programmes were praised for encouraging 'awareness beyond the individual and his or her immediate community'. These activities range from volunteering with local sustainability projects, to providing music therapy for those with mental health difficulties, and teaching English to refugees.
The college was also commended for its 'exemplary” CAS [Creativity, Activity and Service] programme' which ensures all members of the community are involved in a wide variety of local and global projects.
Today, the college strives to continue building upon its founding principles and 'very strong mission statement that is fully aligned with that of the IB' according to the report.
Academically, the IB commended the college for offering a 'remarkable variety of IB Diploma courses in all groups'. The most recent addition to the college’s curriculum has been the Global Politics course, which is taken by more than 60 students; the most enrolled in the subject among all IB schools worldwide.
The college’s Vice Principal (Staff), Kate Vincze, said of the report: 'The history of the IB is intertwined with the history of UWC Atlantic College. We are extremely proud of this connection, and want to continue building upon it 50 years on by remaining a pioneering force within the programme.
This glowing report is a testament to our continued improvement, both among our outstanding students and innovative staff. Crucially, it confirms that we are still delivering on our founding principal, of making education a force for peace in the world.
We are also proud of the results of yet another strong year group and would like to congratulate everyone in the class of 2016. We look forward to seeing how they go on to apply the education they have experienced here to make a difference in the world.'