A secondary school in Birmingham is taking an international approach to education by offering students a new International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma course.
From September, the Arthur Terry School will be the first school in Sutton Coldfield to teach the IB Diploma, which is offered by more than 3,000 schools across the globe.
Under the new diploma, which is taken instead of A Levels, pupils will study six compulsory subjects as well as an extended essay project.
The two-year IB also includes 180 hours of creativity, action, service – which can include volunteering and sports – which makes up part of pupils’ final mark.
Deputy Head Neil Warner said the move would keep the school at the “cutting edge” of education.
He said: “This is about looking at the curriculum and deciding what will best prepare students for a full role in society.”
More than 220 schools offer the IB diploma, including King Edward’s School in Edgbaston, who last year became the first school in the country to complete scrap A Levels in favour of the diploma.
Mr Warner added the diploma would be taught alongside traditional A Levels offered by the school’s sixth form.
He said: “We have a highly successful sixth form and want to make sure we can offer courses that will suit each student.
“With competition for university places becoming tougher, we want to be able to offer courses that will give students the skills they need to achieve, irrespective of their ability.”
The move comes after the school was ranked Birmingham’s top performing mixed community comprehensive, and ninth in the country, for pupils awarded five or more A*-C at GCSE in league tables published last month.
Some 80 per cent of pupils achieved the Government benchmark, and Mr Warner put the success down to the “hard work” of pupils and staff.
He said: “There is an outstanding quality of learning and teaching here, and all staff here, be it teaching or non-teaching are fantastic.
“We also have a great partnership with parents, governors and the local community.”