ESF students lead the world in IB Diploma

Posted on 7th Jul 2020 in School News, International Baccalaureate, Diploma Programme

As the International Baccalaureate released their results for 2020, ESF has once again achieved results far surpassing the global average - with 36 students achieving 44 points or more - and 12 students achieving the top score of 45 points.

“These are extraordinary results, achieved by extraordinary students in extraordinary times,” ESF’s Chief Executive Officer, Belinda Greer, said today.

The ESF results are summarised as follows:

ESF results (May 2020) Worldwide results (May 2019) [1]
Students awarded the Diploma (24 points or more) 931 students (98.1%) 77.8%
Average point scores for all IB Diploma students 35.7 points 29.7 points
30 points or more 846 students (89.1%) 51.5%
35 points or more 582 students (61.3%) 25.4%
40 points or more 238 students (25.1%) 7.6%
44 points 24 students (2.5%) 0.6%
45 points 12 students (as of 7 July) 275 students

[1] Worldwide results for the IB Diploma are for May 2019, as the full 2020 data is not available until November. Statistics show that these percentages vary very little year on year.

“These are, once again, an extraordinary set of results for our students. That they were achieved in one of the most tumultuous years in recent history makes them even more impressive. Be in no doubt: ESF is a world leading education system.

“This will be a day of celebration for many people. Our teachers and staff will be overjoyed to see the success that has been achieved by their students - and, I know, that parents, families and friends will be simply bursting with pride. This is a special day.

“Our top scorers deserve our most special congratulations. The IB Diploma is a demanding qualification, made even more so in the face of the unprecedented challenges that our students have had to face. So, to score a 44 or a 45 is truly remarkable. This incredible day is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication.

“The promise that we make to our parents when they entrust us with their child’s education is a simple one. We say that we will stop at nothing to help every single student be the best that they can be. The extraordinary success we have seen today, at all levels and in all of our schools, is a sign of how seriously we all take that promise.”

ESF Chairman, Abraham Shek, joined Belinda Greer in congratulating the students:

 “When term started back in August last year, nobody could have predicted what was to follow. That our students could achieve such incredible results shows that they are living our vision: they are the very best that they can be. I want to offer my congratulations to every single student and their families and, of course, to all of the ESF teachers.”

This year, 12 ESF students achieved the maximum 45 points. They include:

ESF Discovery College

  • Lauren Ella TARRANT

ESF Island School

  • Anya Frances SAUNDERS

ESF King George V School

  • Jun Yeji LIM [Bilingual Diploma]
  • Jason MA

ESF Renaissance College

  • Jasmine Chae Won LEE

ESF Sha Tin College

  • Eugene Yuet Chee LAU
  • Maggie SO Mei Ke
  • George SU [Bilingual Diploma]
  • Athena TSANG
  • Gavin YEUNG
  • Charmaine YUEN

ESF South Island School

  • Vereta GOUR

Another 24 ESF students achieved 44 points. In 2020, over 174,355 students from around the world entered for IB Diploma examinations. Students choose six subjects, for which they can be awarded a maximum of seven points each. A further three points can be earned from an Extended Essay and a Theory of Knowledge course. At least 24 points must be achieved to qualify for the IB Diploma and students must successfully complete a Creativity, Activity, Service programme (CAS) of their choice.

An overview of the public examination results of ESF students in previous years is available here: