The Portsmouth Grammar School was established in 1732 as a boys' school, but is now a co-educational independent school. The school is regarded as the best in the area and one of the best in the UK. Students consistently perform well, consistently achieving a 100% pass rate in GCSE. Sixth Form students can choose between A-Levels and the IB Diploma, with the former being the most popular option.
Average scores are the IB are a useful tool for understanding how well the schools student’s perform in a year, but should be treated with caution. There are lots of ways to judge the performance of an IB school, and average IB score is only one.
Learning new languages is at the core of the IB. Because of this, the number of languages taught by a school can help give an impression of its commitment to this part of the Diploma, while the number of languages spoken at the school can give an indication of how international the school cohort is.
Many schools transitioned to the Diploma from other programmes at some time in their history.
Some IB World Schools choose not to teach the MYP, and some only teach the MYP for the first three years, before transitioning students to other programmes - like IGCSE. The MYP typically runs over five years, so this is the number of years this school runs the MYP for.
As schools can approach the MYP in a number of ways, some offer alternative programmes to the MYP. In the UK, this is likely I/GCSEs and outside the UK schools mostly follow national educational programmes.
eAssessments are the IBO’s final set of examination for students taking the Middle Years Programme, however it’s not compulsory that schools make their students sit this exam. All schools must however enter students for external moderation for their Personal Project. You can find our more about the eAssessments on our MYP page.