Four Forty-Fours: World-Class International Baccalaureate Results

Four Varndean College students achieved 44 out of 45 points in this year’s International Baccalaureate examinations.

Eliza McHugh, who has already won an award as Sussex A Level/IB Learner of the Year, was one of the quartet. She is now looking forward to reading Chemistry at Balliol College Oxford. Joining her in the top 1% of IB Diploma students worldwide were three ex-Lewes Priory students, Ella Cohen-Haddon, Jake Kroeger and Nesta Smith.

Ella is also going to Oxford, to study Persian and Arabic. Jake is applying to Cambridge to study Anthropology after a year out. Nesta is also taking a year out.

Not far behind was Vicky Lee with 43 points. Vicky has a place at Churchill College, Cambridge and will study Anthropology. Dominic Judd-Page (42 points) will also apply to Cambridge to study History. In fact eight Varndean College IB students won places at Oxford or Cambridge Universities this year, including Juliette Caverly (40 points, Archaeology at Hertford College, Oxford) and Phoebe Menezes-Jones (40 points, History at St Hilda’s College, Oxford).

Jordan Mitchell-King, who came to us from Dorothy Stringer School scored an impressive 42 points and will do a History degree at York University.

Both our medical school applicants were also successful this year. Freya Barry-Conlon, also from Dorothy Stringer, is to study at Brighton and Sussex Medical School and Maisha Hussain (Davison High School, Worthing) is going to Queen Mary, University of London.

Overall our students averaged 35.6 points. Universities generally regard 35-36 points as equivalent to three A grades at A Level for admissions purposes.

Fifteen of our 43 students achieved 40 points or better. Among them were Joshua Goldberg and Daisy Smith, both of whom will study Physics at university.

IB Co-ordinator Dr Sean McEvoy was delighted at another fine set of results: ‘Varndean College has become consistently the country’s highest-performing IB College and is now one the largest as well. But our IB group is still small enough to feel like a real community of students who love learning.’

Find out more about our IB Diploma Programme for 2016 at our Open Days and at our IB Presentation on 22 October at 6.30pm.


Jake Kroeger and Ella Cohen-Haddon


Vicky Lee


Freya Barry-Conlon


(L to R) Grace Bushnell, Juliette Caverly, Eliza McHugh