Our Middle Years Programme (11 to 16 years)

We strongly believe our International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) provides the education students aged between 11 and 16 need at this stage of their life.

Through the rigorous study of eight traditional subject areas and six global contexts, as well as participation in extra-curricular activities and community work, it helps students to:

  • ask challenging questions
  • learn how to learn
  • establish a strong sense of their own identity and culture
  • develop their ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures.

Importantly, the MYP also builds upon the knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired through our Primary Years Programme; and it prepares students for the academic challenges of our Diploma Programme.

Some questions you may have

The MYP is only available at our Westminster campus, which is spread across three sites in central London: Portland Place, Conway Street and Cleveland Street.

All of these sites offer excellent facilities and resources, including well-equipped IT labs, science labs, art and music rooms, a design technology lab, and much more.

Because of the superb locations of the sites, students also have easy access to world-class museums, art galleries, theatres, parks, historic buildings and much more.

Visit our Westminster campus page for further details.

A normal school day for MYP students starts with registration at 8.40 and finishes at 15.30. Classes are then followed by extra-curricular activities.

Every school day features four lessons, and over every two-day period each of the MYP’s eight subject areas will be covered at some point.

Our MYP classes typically have up to 20 students in them. We believe this small class size optimises the teaching and learning experience, and encourages students to speak more confidently and freely, and collaborate more.

The eight subject areas of the MYP are:

  • Language and Literature (English or another mother tongue)
  • Language Acquisition (French or Spanish)
  • Individuals and Societies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Arts (read more in our Arts section)
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Design


Find out more in our MYP curriculum guide.

As part of the MYP, our teachers deliver the curriculum through six global contexts. These help students approach subjects holistically and encourage them to see the links and crossover between different subjects.

Global contexts

  • Identities and relationships
  • Orientation in space and time
  • Personal and cultural expression
  • Scientific and personal innovation
  • Globalisation and sustainability
  • Fairness and development

Find out more in our MYP curriculum guide.

Our Middle Years students can study French or Spanish, as well as maintain and develop their native language.

Although we do not enrol beginners in English to the Middle Years Programme, we do offer English as an Additional Language (EAL) lessons to students who need some support to speak and write English.

We also make a big effort to celebrate the cultures and mother tongue languages of all our students. This provides an opportunity to learn from each other and fosters an appreciation of people’s different backgrounds.

Find out more in our Languages section.

Throughout the year, MYP students have a wide range of extra-curricular activities to get involved in. After every one of our three school terms, students can then change their choices if they want to. This is so they can sample as many of our free clubs as possible and mix with a wider range of students.

Some of the extra-curricular activities we may offer are:

Animation         Comedy                   Chess

Choir                  Debating                 Drama

Guitar                Junior strings        Lego League

Photography    Physics                    World Scholar’s Cup


Find out more in our Extra-curricular activities section.

We offer MYP students many opportunities to practise and compete in a wide range of sports. These include:

Athletics            Badminton       Basketball

Climbing           Football             Golf

Softball              Tennis               Volleyball


Find out more in our Extra-curricular activities section.

We have recruited outstanding teachers from around the world who are fully committed to the MYP and who encourage a global perspective and educational adventure.

At the end of term one, every student’s ‘approach to learning’ is reported on by each of their teachers, who assess the student’s skills, behaviour and attitude in class.

At the end of each school year, we also provide our students with an IB MYP summative grade for attainment in each of the eight subject areas. These grades range from 7 for excellent / outstanding to 1 for very poor.

Carried out over several months, the Grade 10 Personal Project involves a student investigating a topic that relates to a global issue they’re interested in. In turn, this leads to the production of a significant piece of work that draws on many aspects of the MYP.

In the past, Personal Projects have involved students making a short film, writing a book of poetry, starting up a small business, and organising a charity fundraiser.


Visit our Admissions section for comprehensive information about applying for a place at Southbank. You can also contact our Admissions team on admissions@southbank.org or +44 (0)20 7243 3803 if you have any questions.

Southbank Kensington
+44 (0)20 7229 8230
Southbank Hampstead
+44 (0)20 7431 1200
Southbank Westminster
+44 (0)20 7436 9699