IB-Schools.com's League Tables: Information for Schools
Most private schools are renowned for their academic achievement, which is why most parents want to use them. Our website exists to provide interested parents with clear and impartial advice and information on private IB schools in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia. We choose not to cover the Americas for the simple reason that the vast majority of their private schools refuse to reveal their exam results.
We believe we publish the most accurate exam results and league tables for British private schools. Given that close to a million visitors view our league tables each year, we believe there is a huge public interest in publishing schools' results in a fair and transparent way. Thus we have now extended the IB League Tables to other countries which are proud to proclaim their success.
Academic success is worth celebrating, and we present certificates to all schools in the Top 100 in four categories. We also try to ensure maximum PR for schools by publishing the award presentations on our websites and sending out press releases. We encourage all schools to do likewise on their websites and newsletters with a link to their position in the tables. Any school that appears in our League Tables is authorised to include our IB-Schools.com logo in their PR materials.
We completely accept that league table scores in isolation are not a way to simply choose a school as there are many other factors to take into account.
Here a few of the principles we use when compiling the league tables:
- As a general rule we do not try to combine scores for different curriculums because we believe the conversion ratios are flawed, particularly for the IBDP and A-Levels. You can see other league tables on www.best-schools.co.uk
- We like to see a minimum of 20 in a cohort to make exam scores credible. However, in the IBDP sector there are a number of successful UK schools with very small cohorts – so we have divided the UK IB tables into large and small cohorts.
- We will only categorise a school as a boarding school if it has at least 20% boarders or a minimum of 50 full-time boarders whichever is the fewer.
- There are a number of IB schools which announce that their IB scores are higher than the worldwide IB average of 29.8 points but give no more details as if it was something to be proud of. We would not generally recommend a parent client use a school with less than 32 points.
- We disapprove of schools which try to manipulate their average scores by omitting students who fail to reach the pass rate of 24 points. An average score should cover all of their IBDP results and not omit the failures.
If you would like to contact us about your school's academic results or reproducing our league tables in your marketing materials, then please do get in touch.
Please be aware we are nothing to do with the International Baccalaureate Organisation.