Last year ACS Hillingdon’s school community was awarded the Council of International School’s (CIS) International Accreditation – the only school in Europe and just one of five worldwide to receive the award.
The accreditation highlights the school’s commitment to embedding an international approach in the curriculum, in extra curricular activities and in every facet of school life. It was my pleasure to hang the school’s accreditation mark in pride of place!
We caught up with ACS Hillingdon Alumni, Miho, who is now studying Physics at King’s College London, to find out how her first year at university is going so far.
How has your first year at university been so far?
I’m currently in my first year at King’s College London studying Physics. It did take me a little while to settle in to university life as everyone here is very smart. King’s also has a very diverse community, with students from lots of different religions and nationalities.
My studies have been challenging, but I do feel that studying the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) has prepared me well for university life. Time management is the ONE key thing that the IBDP really hones, because you study up to six subjects at one time. With Physics there are a lot of different modules, and being well-organised is essential for balancing a mixture of study texts and course deadlines.
As ACS Egham’s High School students graduate this week, they leave equipped with the characteristics of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Learner profile and importantly, an inquiring mindset, which will prepare them for higher education and life beyond.
The IB is based on the principle that students should ‘learn how to learn’, how to analyse, how to reach considered conclusions about people, their languages and literature, their ways in society, and the scientific forces of their environment. At ACS Egham as a four programme school we embrace these principles from their first years of schooling in Early Years all the way through to their final years in Grade 12 in the IB Diploma Programme.