The Southbank Kensington campus serves the age range 3 to 11 as an international primary school. 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.
The Kensington campus has children from almost 40 different nationalities and is noted for its friendly, welcoming atmosphere.
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 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.
Our Southbank Kensington campus is located in the stunning Notting Hill area of London in between the famous Portobello Road and Kensington Park Road.
The school has a Mac-based IT Lab and computers and Smartboards in all classrooms. ICT (Information Communication Technology) is seen as an integrated tool that helps students both develop and express their understanding.
The music room has its own set of computers for recording student compositions and a range of percussion instruments, recorders and a clavichord. Two sound-proofed music practice rooms facilitate the extension of our already impressive instrumental programme with Suzuki violin and cello on offer to all children from Kindergarten upwards and a further choice of instruments from Grade 4 upwards.
The library/media centre is a central learning area for the school. It houses an abundance of resources to support the PYP programme, the reading interests of students and adults, and is a means to research and carry out the inquiry process.
Students visit the library at least once a week. Authors and storytellers visit the school, and book fairs and book displays are arranged as part of a complete literacy programme.
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 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 Hampstead.
Our Early Childhood classes use our garden, which is equipped with a climbing frame, sandpit and an array of equipment for children to use.