The Hampstead campus serves the age range 3 to 11 as an international primary school and has children from almost 40 different nationalities. It is noted for its friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Hampstead students take the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) and transfer to the Westminster campus at age 11. The PYP age groups are equivalent to pre-school, kindergarten, elementary school, junior school or preparatory school in other education systems.
Southbank International School uses London as a classroom – taking full advantage of the cultural riches of the city. As part of each unit of inquiry, teachers look for opportunities to maximise learning in context, visiting cultural sites, galleries, museums, London parks and wildlife centres.
English is the language of instruction, with Spanish as the school’s second language, taught from Kindergarten upwards. English as an Additional Language (EAL) is also offered from Kindergarten upwards.
As a leading International Baccalaureate School in London, Southbank attracts very-well qualified and internationally experienced teachers.
Admission is based on previous school performance, reports and good references, as well as consideration of the compatibility of the student’s profile for the academic and social aspects of the Primary Years Programme.
Southbank Hampstead is housed in a purpose-built school with a vibrant library and a well-equipped Mac IT suite.
An impressive, recently refurbished Art Room is equipped with a design suite of Mac computers and storage for a wide range of media.
The bright and airy Music Room has its own set of Mac computers for recording student compositions and a range of percussion instruments, recorders, and clavichord. Two sound-proofed music practice rooms have recently been installed to facilitate the extension of our already impressive instrumental programme with Suzuki violin, viola and cello on offer to all children from Kindergarten upwards and a further choice of instruments from Grade 4 upwards.
A multi-purpose hall provides space for lunches, sport, whole school “Town meetings” and concerts. It is also used to host our Parent Education workshops and PTA events.
Further sports facilities are available in our soft surface playground and our dedicated off-site sports centre at Charteris, a 15 minute bus ride away. Here a refurbished sports centre offers a large multi-sport hall, climbing wall and dance studio. It is used for off-site PE lessons for older students and our extensive programme of extracurricular activities, shared with our sister primary campus at Kensington.
Our Early Childhood classrooms have a dedicated play space equipped with climbing frame and sandpit.
An edible courtyard offers a quiet space for vegetable and flower growing, along with a variety of nature enhancing features such as birdhouses and a “bug hotel” made by our own students.