Higher Education and Careers

Our students perform exceptionally, receiving top university offers.

Higher Education and Careers

Our students perform exceptionally, receiving top university offers.

Higher Education & Careers

At Southbank, we provide bespoke advice to prepare students to take their next steps in the dynamic world of Higher Education & Careers. Our highly experienced and knowledgeable team works closely with all grade groups to deliver workshops and events, leading to supportive guidance. The International Baccalaureates programmes and the Learner Profile attributes are the ideal tools to prepare students for a wide range of career paths and consolidate the skills that employers are looking for in young people today.

The department’s active approach has brought into development key events and programmes, such as the Biannual University Fair, Careers Week, the Opportunities Listing, the Applications Day Workshop and the HE & Careers Parent Portal Page.  Through established and longstanding relationships with universities, both in the UK and worldwide, we can offer support on any university application. Counsellors provide advice on International Baccalaureate Diploma subjects and aspirations from Grade 10 onward.  In Grades 11 and 12, one-to-one interviews meet the individual needs of our students and encourage them to explore a range of pathways.

Meet The Team



Higher Education & Careers Lead – Ana de Castro

“As Head of Faculty, I am a full-time member of the team. I am responsible for managing all counselling programmes and specialise in the UK and Worldwide regions. I am a passionate lifelong learner, writer, educator, teacher trainer, presenter, and counsellor with a wealth of experience working in a variety of cultures and education systems.

In all my professional capacities, I believe that successful outcomes are built by developing and encouraging strong, confident, effective and respectful working relationships. To achieve these outcomes, I approach all my work with a high level of professionalism, energy, dedication and authenticity.”


Rosalind-Stewart-ProfileHigher Education & Careers Advisor – Rosalind Stewart

I love working with teen-agers, and have enjoyed seeing so many of them grow up and move on to university in North America during my nearly seven years working at Southbank.  The sheer number and variety of colleges in the US never ceases to amaze me. Southbankers are endlessly curious, and they explore new places to study with energy and verve. It is not just American or Canadian students who apply to North America – plenty of others do, too.

I also enjoy providing new areas of interest for students, politics being one of them. I organised Southbank’s first ever UK Parliament Day in November 2018, with the help of one of our very enterprising students. I also launched Southbank’s Robotics Club, and have facilitated Southbank students participating in two debate tournaments organised by the Benjamin Franklin House in London.


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Higher Education & Careers Advisor – Jane Arneil

Supporting pupils to make informed decisions about their university choices and any potential career is central to my role as Higher Education and Careers Advisor, and something I feel passionate about.

As an experienced counsellor and advisor, it brings me great joy to help pupils to gain places for their chosen course at universities across the UK, in Europe and North America. Each child is unique and I pride myself on providing each individual pupil with the very best advice and guidance, helping them to achieve their goals and aspirations.


University Destinations

2019 Destinations

In the constantly shifting and unpredictable climate of higher education, Southbank International School is rightly proud of its excellent record in guiding its students to successful applications to university and college.


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The IB is held in high regard by universities both in the UK and internationally both for its rigour and the breadth of knowledge that students gain as a result of their studies. Southbank’s excellent IB Diploma results have ensured that our students have secured places at the world’s most prestigious universities.

Please see below the offers and destinations of past Southbank graduates:


Past Offers and Destinations

The Class of 2019 graduates received offers from, or accepted places at, the institutions below:

United Kingdom

Bath University, Cardiff University, City – University of London, Durham University, Goldsmiths, University of London, Heriot-Watt University, Imperial College, King’s College London, London School of Economics and Political Science, Loughborough University, New College of the Humanities, Oxford University, Queen Mary University, Royal Holloway, University of London, SOAS University of London, St George’s – University of London, The London Institute of Banking & Finance, University of Birmingham, University of Bristol, University College London, University of Edinburgh, University of Exeter, University of Kent, University of Leeds, University of Manchester, University of Nottingham, University of Reading, University of Southampton, University of St Andrews, University of Surrey, University of Sussex, University of Warwick, University of Westminster

North America

Barnard College, Brown University, Colgate University, Harvard University, Georgetown University, Lynn University – Watson Institute, McGill University, University of British Columbia, University of Oregon, Northeastern University, Trinity College, University of Colorado – Boulder, University of Miami, University of North Carolina, University of Oregon, University of Southern California, University of Toronto including a recipient of the Lester B Pearson merit-based award, University of Virginia, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Wesleyan University


McGill, University of British Columbia , University of Toronto

Rest of the World

Bocconi University – Milan, Copenhagen Business School, The University of Hong Kong, VIA University College, Denmark

The Class of 2018 graduates received offers from, or accepted places at, the institutions below:

United Kingdom

Bristol University of the West, Brunel University, Durham University, Goldsmiths University, Imperial College London, Kent University, Kings College London, Leeds University, Loughborough University, London School of Economics and Political Science, New college of Humanities, Queen Mary,  Ravensbourne, Regent’s University, Royal Holloway, City University London, SOAS University of London, Southampton University, St Andrews University,  St.George’s University of London,  University of the Arts London, University of Bath, University of Bristol,  University College London, University of Manchester, University of Sheffield, University of Surrey, University of Sussex, Warwick University

North America

Boston University, Brandeis University, McGill University, New York University, Northeastern University, Parsons School of Design at the New School,  Queen’s University, Savannah College of Art & Design, University of British Columbia, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Toronto, Western University

Rest of the World

Trinity College (Dublin), Maastricht University, Utrecht University,

The Class of 2017 graduates received offers from, or accepted places at, the institutions below:

United Kingdom

University of Birmingham, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, Durham University, University of Edinburgh, University of Exeter, Imperial College London, King’s College London, LSE (London School of Economics & Political Science), University of Manchester, Newcastle University, University of Nottingham, Queen Mary University of London, Queen’s University Belfast, University of Southampton, UCL (University College London), University of Warwick, University of York, Cardiff University, University of Leeds, St Andrews University, University of Bath, City University of London, The University of Kent, SOAS, University of London Goldsmiths, Brunel University London, University of Roehampton, Loughborough University, Royal Holloway University of London, University of Reading, The University of Edinburgh, Arts University Bournemouth, University of Sussex, University of Surrey, Birkbeck, University of London, London Metropolitan University, University of the Arts London, University of Westminster, New College of the Humanities, University of Leicester, The University of Aberdeen, Coventry University, Medway School of Pharmacy, University of East Anglia, Regent’s University London

North America

Amherst College, Boston College, Boston University, Brown University, College of Charleston, Florida Institute of Technology, Harvard University, The New School – Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School – Parsons School of Design New York University, New York University – Tisch School of the Arts – Game Center, Northeastern University, Princeton University, Trinity College, The University of Alabama, The University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Virginia, University of California Berkeley, University of California Davis, University of California Irvine, University of California Los Angeles, University of California San Diego, University of California Santa Cruz, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, Wesleyan University, University of Notre Dame, College of William & Mary, Cornell University, Williams College, Duke University, Vassar College, University of Southern California  – Roski School of Art, Stanford University, American University, Barnard College, Bentley University, Bard College, University of Miami, Pomona College, Lafayette College, Skidmore College


Bishop’s University, Brock University, University of British Columbia, University of New Brunswick, University of Saskatchewan, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, York University


Bocconi University Erasmus University Rotterdam

The Class of 2016 graduates received offers from, or accepted places at, the institutions below:

United Kingdom

Cambridge University, Oxford University, UCL, King’s College London, Queen Mary,  Royal Holloway,  University of Reading, University of Westminster, The University of Edinburgh, Durham University, Exeter University, Bath University, Birmingham University, University for the Creative Arts, St George’s, University of London, The University of West London, SOAS, The University of Aberdeen, Ravensbourne University, Regent’s University London, City University of London, Bangor University

North America

UC Berkeley, Boston University, Columbia University, NYU, UCLA, Northwestern University, UC San Diego, Case Western Reserve University, Wesleyen University, George Washington University, Bard College, Brandeis University, Colorado College, Lafayette College, Michigan State University, University of British Columbia, University of San Francisco


Maastricht University, Delft University of Technology, University Cattolica del Sacro

2016 Post-Southbank Plans

Universities in the UK: 75%
North America and Canada: 24%
Rest of the World: 0.5%
Gap year & Military service: 0.5%

In 2015, for the first time in recent history, Harvard offered a place to a Southbank student.  In addition, Georgetown University gave its first two offers ever to Southbank students.  Two highly deserving students accepted places at the Sciences Po – Columbia Dual Degree Programme, spending two years in France and two in New York City.  Other fine offers included Chicago, Georgia Tech, Haverford, Johns Hopkins, Penn, Pomona, Tufts, Tulane, Vassar, and Wesleyan.  Six students were offered places at NYU, and a further six to Northeastern University in Boston.  In Canada, the University of Toronto, McGill, and UBC (the University of British Columbia) all offered Southbank students’  places.  This is a testament to the international reputation of both the IB and Southbank.

In the end, thirteen students decided to accept their North American offers, and we have students attending George Washington U, Georgetown, Harvard, NYU, Middlebury (deferred), Sciences Po – Columbia (at both the Menton and Reims campuses), Southern Oregon U, RISD, and UBC.

83% of students gained places at their first choice university, including places gained at Russell group universities including Cambridge, Manchester, Leeds, UCL, Edinburgh, King’s, Exeter and Warwick.

The class of 2014 had Southbank’s best results to date, with more offers from the University of Chicago, Swarthmore College, Williams College, Colorado College, Wellesley College, and Bryn Mawr College.  In addition, two students were admitted to Columbia, three to Johns Hopkins, three to Middlebury College, two to Northwestern University, two to the University of Pennsylvania, and one to Wesleyan University.  In addition, two were accepted to Carnegie Mellon, two to the University of Virginia, and two to Tufts University.   There were also offers from many other selective colleges across the country, including two to Barnard College, two to the University of San Diego, four to Boston University, and others.  All five applicants to Canadian universities received their offers, from McGill, University of British Columbia, the University of Saskatchewan, and the University of Toronto.

92% of students gained places at their first choice university, including places gained at Russell Group universities such as Cambridge, Edinburgh, UCL, King’s, Nottingham, Imperial, Manchester and Queen Mary.

Offers from some top-tier US universities included several Southbank “firsts”, to Yale, University of Virginia, and the highly selective Jerome Fisher School of Management & Technology at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as UCLA, Berkeley, Johns Hopkins and Carnegie Mellon.  Other excellent offers included McGill University in Canada, UC San Diego, Hamilton College, NYU as well as NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and the University of Rochester.

82% of students gained places at their first choice university, including places gained at Russell Group universities such as Cambridge, Imperial, UCL, King’s Bristol, Edinburgh, York and Warwick.

Places were offered at Columbia University and Stanford University.  Others were admitted to Barnard College, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, Reed College, Tufts University and Vassar College.  There were six offers to Northeastern University, four to American University, two to George Washington University, and four to NYU, among others.
Worldwide, there have been over half a million IB Diploma Programme graduates since 1968. The IB maintains a directory of universities which recognise the IB Diploma. There are currently over 3,000 universities from more than 90 countries in the directory, but many other universities also admit IB Diploma holders.

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