Southbank International School is an accredited IB World school; offering all three IB Programmes from the age of 3 years 2 months, through to 19 years. The International Baccalaureate curriculum is an inquiry based programme that encourages students to think independently and be the masters of their own learning. At each stage of a student’s learning journey, the IB inspires them to develop not only their academic capabilities, but also their capacity to positively influence the world around them as reflective, open-minded, principled, global individuals.

The IB Diploma Programme was the first of the three IB Programmes to be adopted by Southbank in 1984. The IB Primary Years Programme came next in 1997, and the IB Middle Years Programme was the last of the three to be introduced in 1998; making Southbank the first school in the UK to be approved for all three IB Programmes. With over 30 years’ experience offering the IB, we truly believe that the IB programme is the best for providing students with the tools to become well rounded, knowledgeable and caring young people, equipped to lead the future.

The IB curriculum is adaptable to each stage of a child’s learning development. Throughout Early Childhood (3-5 years) we allow children to explore, investigate and learn through play with both freely chosen activities by the child, as well as those initiated by the teacher.


Early Childhood (3 years 2 months – 5 years)

Early Childhood engages young students and fosters their development as individuals with a strong emphasis on inquiry-based learning.

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Primary Years Programme (5-11 years)

By using inquiry-based learning, the Primary Years Programme engages and challenges students who have many diverse perspectives and values.

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Middle Years Programme (11-16 years)

The Middle Years Programme emphasises intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world.

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Diploma Programme (16-19 years)

The Diploma Programme encourages students to ask challenging questions and it prepares them for the next stage in their education.

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IB Diploma Results

Southbank is a high achieving school with outstanding IB Exam Results.

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Higher Education and Careers

Southbank prepares for the working world globally with outstanding guidance and events. Our students perform exceptionally, receiving top university offers.

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Southbank is a truly international school that embraces and celebrate multilingualism.

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The Arts

Studying the arts at Southbank prepares students to understand and participate fully in this world.

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London as a Classroom

Southbank is a ‘School without Walls’ where students engage in educational experiences outside the confines of the conventional classroom environment.

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Creativity, Activity and Service

CAS challenges students to show initiative and develop skills such as collaboration, problem solving, and decision making.

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Global Adventures

At Southbank, students experience the world first-hand with extensive travel abroad in within the UK to enhance their global knowledge.

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