Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,
This email will hopefully clarify the school’s position concerning the submission of predicted IB grades to universities. Firstly, as you will know a predicted grade is the grade of qualification that subject teachers believe a student is likely to achieve under positive circumstances. There are two set dates for the Higher Education department to receive predicted grades from subject teachers and these are as follows:
Predicted Grades 1 (PG1) – Grades are released to students at the end of June (Year 12).
Predicted Grades 2 (PG2) – Any updated grades can be re-entered into the system up to and including the 3rd week in September (Year 13).
PG1 is for internal use only and are shown to the students so that these initial predictions can inform their application decisions. Only grades from PG2 are used on the official school transcript and sent to universities.
Having set deadlines for predicted grades allows the school to be fair and equitable to each student. It also minimises the risk of over inflating grades and reinforces the notion to students that constant effort and achievement needs to be sustained over the duration of the all subjects.
Finally, predicted grades are only one element in the university selection process. Universities weigh a number of factors and there is no single formula for this. Universities consider predicted grades, historical performance in public examinations, the pupil’s Personal Statement or College Essay and the school’s Reference. In some areas such as Medicine, relevant work experience can be very important. In addition, some universities (mainly US and very selective UK universities) require additional test results and/or samples of written work, dependant on the selectivity of the university.
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you require any further information or clarification regarding university predicted grades.
Mr. David Stott
Head of Careers and Higher Education