STUDENTS and staff at St Benedict’s Catholic High School in Alcester are celebrating after the International Baccalaureate (IB) results were published.

The school continues to outperform global averages and this year has seen a significant increase in the number of higher grades achieved.

Three students achieved Diploma Programme scores of 40 or above out of the maximum of 45.

This puts them in the top 10 per cent of all students that study the IB in 144 countries around the world.

“Many congratulations to our IB students who have achieved another superb set of Sixth Form results this year,” said headteacher David Hughes.

“The Sixth Form continues to go from strength to strength and we are again delighted by our students’ performance.”

The IB Diploma Programme is recognised by universities and employers for the way it combines academic rigour with real world skills in a global context.

“It is the progress that our students make that particularly impresses me,” said Simon Smallman, head of sixth form.

“To achieve these results alongside our BTEC performance this year with a truly comprehensive intake of students is fantastic.

"The support provided by our staff, their dedication, hard work, care, and hours of guidance have paid off and we can again feel justifiably proud of our school.”