University Counselling and Careers
Information and advice are available on all aspects of career and university choice. Students attend information sessions about planning for university in both the UK and US systems.
We have two dedicated university counsellors (one specialising in North American and American-style universities and one specialising in the UK and covering other university systems worldwide).
Both counsellors are available for individual appointments, and evening presentations are organised to inform parents about university planning and entrance procedures.
The Library Resource Centre (LRC)
The library supports the IB Diploma Programme through the acquisition of suitable texts, resources and subscriptions to online databases. Some 3,800 books, DVDs, audiotapes, magazines, local and national newspapers and university prospectuses are available to students in Grade 11 and Grade 12 in the LRC.
Southbank has an archive of past Extended Essays covering the period from 1996 to the present day, available to consult in the library.
Students receive guidance on planning, preparing bibliographies, footnoting, citations and the research process as part of the Information Literacy programme for Grade 11 and Grade 12 students.
Personal and Social Health Education (PSHE)
One advisory lesson per week is devoted to PSHE. Guest speakers are invited to the school to give expert advice on alternative lifestyles, sexual health education and personal finance matters.
Further time is allocated to study skills, time management, the writing of CVs, applying to universities in the UK, USA and elsewhere, the nature of academic honesty, the school’s acceptable use policy, drugs, alcohol and tobacco awareness and the Extended Essay.
Southbank offers learning support in accordance with the aims of the International Baccalaureate, that: “All students should be allowed to demonstrate their academic ability.”
The learning support teacher works closely with students, advisors, parents and teachers in a team approach to support the student as they work towards their academic goals.
Sport and PE
As Southbank is an IB school which follows the IB Middle Years and Diploma Programmes, Physical Education is not offered as a subject after Grade 10, but instead is incorporated into CAS.
Southbank is a member school of the International Schools Sports Association (ISSA) through which students aged over 14 can participate in annual tournaments in football (soccer), volleyball, basketball and golf.
To complement our involvement in this competition, games are arranged throughout the season against other schools (usually to be played within normal practice times) as a form of preparation for these tournaments.
Southbank uses many local facilities such as Regent’s Park, Hampstead Heath, Swiss Cottage swimming pool, Moberly Sports Centre, All Souls Clubhouse, Westway Sports Centre, Seymour Leisure Centre and The London Football Academy, as well as Parliament Fields for Sports Day.
In 2012, the school purchased and refurbished a sports centre in Kilburn to provide facilities for all Southbank campuses for PE and after-school activities.
Students, accompanied by the PE teachers, are transported to and from these locations on minibuses and coaches.