TWENTY-two students from Taunton School in Somerset have achieved outstanding results in the first post-Covid year of International Baccalaureate assessments.

The school is celebrating a 100 per cent pass rate with an average of 34 points, exceeding the world average by almost two full points.

Outstanding individual achievements included top scorer and head girl Ruth Garang, who joined the school from Taunton Academy on an IB scholarship, achieved a score of 42.

In September, she will begin her medical studies at Queen Mary University of London, intending to specialise in psychiatry or general practice.

Ruth said: “I have absolutely loved every minute of my time at Taunton School. The opportunities here are endless.

"I want to say a big thank you to all of my friends and teachers, whose support during my time at Taunton School has been incredible.”

Joint second top achievers are Blanca Osuna, from Spain, and Vas Smychkovich, from The Netherlands with 39 points.

Blanca joined Taunton School from Argentina and will now be studying biology at Bristol University.

Vas joined Taunton School International, before beginning her IB studies at Taunton Senior School and will study neuroscience at King’s College, London, or at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.

The IB diploma has been established for more than 50 years with Taunton School being one of the first in the South West to set up its IB programme in 2007.

IB coordinator Adrian Roberts said: "It’s been another fantastic year of IB results for our students and I am thrilled that their hard work and dedication has paid off.

"Taunton School is a very special place and we are honoured to have the opportunity to help students achieve their dreams.”

Taunton School headmaster Lee Glaser said: “We are incredibly proud to offer this prestigious course here at Taunton School.

"This year’s students thoroughly deserve their success and can look forward to very bright futures, and we all will look forward to welcoming the students back to school in the future to inspire the next