7 Jul 2016

Record-breaking IB results for ESF students (updated)

The performance of ESF students in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma is outstanding this year with almost 1,000 ESF students successfully achieving the IB Diploma. This is ESF’s eighth year of adopting the IB Diploma and the performance across ESF schools has gone from strength to strength over that time.

“The performance of ESF schools is exceptional. Students have achieved incredible results in the IB Diploma this year. 99% of eligible students have achieved the full Diploma with 16 students achieving full marks, 235 students achieving 40 points or more and 112 students achieving the IB Bilingual Diploma. I congratulate the students for their hard work and personal achievement and thank staff and parents for their invaluable support,” said ESF Chief Executive Officer, Belinda Greer. “Everyone should be very proud of their achievement”.

Abraham Shek, Chairman of the ESF Board of Governors added “ESF promotes excellence and fosters high and realistic expectations of our students. I congratulate the students for their endeavour and incredible achievements and wish them continued success. I thank the teachers and support staff in schools for all that they do to bring out the best in every student and thank the parents for entrusting their child’s education to ESF.”

This year, 16 ESF students achieved the maximum 45 points. They include:

  • Discovery College: Ariel GALOR and Zoe Franklin;
  • King George V School: Max Ying Hao LIM, Yvonne Yi Yuan QIAN, Grace WANG and Jonathan Kwok Ching WONG;
  • Sha Tin College: Natalia Cheuk Ling CHAN;
  • South Island School: Bryan CHAN, Taufan Ariq Hidayatullah HATIBLE, LEE Woojung Wendy, Ruxandra VASILE and Garrick WAN;
  • West Island School: Howard Yoo Hyun CHAE, Ankita MUTHYA, Karthik Ranganatha SUBRAMANIAM and Matthew Yan Wang YEUNG.

Another 30 ESF students received 44 points. According to the results announced by the International Baccalaureate Organisation, only 146 students worldwide achieved the perfect score in the 2016 examinations of which 16 students are from ESF. The average score worldwide was 30.1 points compared to an average score of 36.2 for ESF students, which is the highest in all years.

In 2016, almost 150,000 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 in order to qualify for the IB Diploma and students must successfully participate in a Creativity, Activity, Service programme (CAS) of their choice.

ESF results

(May 2016)

Worldwide results

(May 2015)

Students awarded the diploma (24 points or more)

943 students (99.0%)


Average points score for all IB Diploma students

36.2 points

30.1 points (in 2016)

30 points or more

870 students (91.3%)


35 points or more

613 students (64.3%)


40 points or more

235 students (24.7%)


45 points

16 students

(updated on 1 Sept)

146 students (in 2016)

An overview of public examination results of ESF students in previous years can be viewed at HERE.

Photo caption:

16 ESF students achieved the maximum 45 points this year, including:

Photo (from the left): Karthik Ranganatha Subramaniam (West Island School), Bryan Chan (South Island School), Garrick Wan (South Island School), Howard Yoo Hyun Chae (West Island School), Grace Wang (King George V School) and Qian Yi Xuan Yvonne (King George V School).

First published: 7 July 2016 | Updated on: 1 September 2016