Library Resource Centre and Information Literacy

Information literacy can be defined as an intellectual ability to locate, evaluate, use and create information. It is also about knowing when and why information is needed.

Grades 6-10 receive information literacy and research skills instructions from the librarians. Students are taught how to plan structured research projects. Practical exercises consider website evaluations, cyber safety, social networking, database evaluations, plagiarism, copyright, referencing citations and information retrieval. Students also learn to use bibliographies and footnotes.

There are 5,000 volumes in the MYP Library Resource Centre at Portland Place, as well as DVDs, CDs, newspapers and journals.

A new feature of the MYP Library is a powerful online database known as EBSCO.  Another academic database, JSTOR (journal storage) is available for research. In addition, there is Encyclopaedia Britannica Online which students can use at school and at home.

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

The main roles of the EAL department are to enable all students to integrate fully into mainstream MYP classes and to support colleagues in their work with EAL students.

On entering the EAL programme, all students take the “Oxford Online Placement Test” developed by the Universities of Oxford and Columbia (New York), which
is mapped into the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, to determine their level of English.

The test, together with an assignment set by the English Department, also serves as an exit test for those students leaving the programme for mainstream English.

Personal and Social 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.

Learning Support

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.

Portland Place