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As an IB world school, we aim to develop enquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and responsibility. The Diploma Programme for students aged between 16 to 19 is a demanding two-year curriculum leading to final examinations and a qualification that is welcomed by leading universities around the world.
We have concluded from 9 years experience of teaching the diploma alongside A levels that the IB offers students a range of additional advantages in entering today’s highly competitive Higher Education environment and work marketplace.
Students with the IB diploma gain the following advantages:
- an international outlook
- a positive attitude to independent learning
- learning beyond traditional subjects
- opportunities for in-depth enquiry
- critical thinking skills
- research-based learning skills
- university recognition of the level of challenges
“The IB gave me a broader education which helped me at university as I had to use Maths, English and Science throughout my degree course. The IB programme meant that I was able to acquire more in-depth knowledge of Biology and Psychology at Higher Level, but my written work was of a good standard thanks to my perseverance with English.”
Why study the IB?
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a high quality internationally recognised qualification undertaken by over 900,000 students in over 140 countries worldwide.
We encourage international-mindedness in IB students. To do this, we believe that students must first develop an understanding of their own cultural and national identity. All IB students learn a second language and the skills to live work with others internationally – essential for life in the 21st century.
We instill a positive attitude to learning by encouraging students to ask challenging questions, to reflect critically, to develop research skills, and to learn how to learn. All students participate in community service to further enrich their educational experience.
“After much agonising, I decided to do IB and I have never once regretted it. The IB syllabus is new and modern, it teaches you practical skills essential to everyday life.”
Universities and the IB
The IB Diploma is a recommended programme of study if you are thinking of progressing to university. Students currently at University have reported that the IB Diploma Programme fully prepared them to undertake their degree with ease.
IB and Higher Education
A recent report on the progress of IB Diploma students in higher education published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) compares the outcomes of IB Diploma with those of A-Level students in a number of key areas. The advantages of an IB Diploma are clear.
IB Diploma students:
- are more than twice as likely to enroll at one of the UK’s top 20 universities.
- are nearly twice as likely to succeed in application for courses in Medicine and Dentistry.
- are significantly less likely to drop out of courses.
- are 30% more likely to a gain first-class honours degree.
- are twice as likely to continue with further study after the first degree.
- have significantly higher starting salary, after univesity.
“The IB was great preparation for university and I feel that it may be one of the reasons why I coped so well with university life. It teaches students to organise their time efficiently by juggling an increased work load with sports, hobbies as well as other commitments such as prefect duties.”