STUDENTS at a South Lakes school achieved an impressive 100 per cent pass rate in this year's International Baccalaureate.

Windermere School's 34 students all passed this year's assessments while 26 IB Diploma candidates achieved a mean score of 33.9 points the second best result the school has seen in the past eleven years.

The IB Diploma mean world average in 2018 was 29.8.

Four students who sat the IB Diploma will take their place on the School Honours Board with a score of 40 points or more – Agnieszka Pitula (43), Rosemary Lavender (42), and Annabelle Bennett and Margareta Kucinic (40).

The students also secured the school’s second best ever result in the Core, an additional element to the main subjects which is made up of an extended essay of around 4,000 words; the theory of knowledge, which encourages critical thinking; and Creativity, Action, Service.

Eight students also followed the IB Career-related programme which led to the school's best set of results to date.

A further two students took individual pathways, one completing two BTEC Level 3 Diplomas and one gaining one BTEC Level 3 Diploma whilst working towards an apprenticeship.

Headmaster Ian Lavender said: “This is a superb set of results.

"This is our eleventh year of IB results and to have achieved a 100 per cent pass rate is remarkable.

"For a non-selective school to achieve so highly, and in competition with some highly selective and academic schools around the world, is phenomenal.

“Some students embarked the IB programme with some very modest GCSEs, so this is exceptional and to witness this upward trend in their performance, and that of the school, is life affirming.

"This is a testament to the dedication and commitment of the staff, and I would like to thank them all for making this happen.

"None of this would have been possible without a whole school commitment to aspiring to be the best small school in Britain. We have taken a significant step towards this goal this weekend.”

Students are now set to progress to further education or employment with 70 per cent securing their first choice university places before A Level results have been released.

Agnieszka Pitula has already obtained a place at St Catherine's College at Cambridge where she will study Natural Sciences.