A very warm welcome to Southbank

Southbank is a school whose quality and identity rest on its commitment to the International Baccalaureate and promotion of internationalism. With over seventy nationalities on our roll, we live and breathe the spirit of internationalism, as reflected in our three programmes of learning as well as the many activities outside the classroom which enhance and enrich an individual’s education, and the life of the school as a whole.

We are a school with very high standards. We expect our staff to be exemplary professionals, and encourage our students to do everything in their power to make the most of their individual qualities. Academic achievement is the most obvious and important priority here. We aim to do all we can to ensure our students fulfil their academic potential, not least so that those who leave us at eighteen have the opportunity to go on to a university of their choice.

We are a school that prides itself on the cultivation and nurturing of an ethos and spirit rooted in the school’s foundation and history, as well as the philosophy of the IB. We believe education should be seen as an end in itself as well as a means of enhancing career and life prospects; we believe in the pursuit of academic rigour; we believe that doubt is an intellectual strength not a weakness; we believe in the promotion of compassion, tolerance and diversity; we believe in developing independent, confident, curious, lifelong learners who commit themselves to helping others as well as themselves.

These are some of the convictions that motivate us in our work each and every school day, and lie at the core of our working lives.

Most schools claim somewhere in their publicity that they are unique. They may or may not be right. We believe that Southbank is a community whose ‘whole’ is considerably greater than the sum of its parts. Whilst our IB curriculum and international status align us with other international schools across the globe, Southbank still has a ‘unique’ character, atmosphere and mission.

We hope you enjoy browsing through our website and that it will give you a small flavour of the richness of life here at Southbank. Please do come and visit us, or attend one of our information mornings, for the full experience.  We would be delighted to meet you!

Siobhan McGrath
Executive Principal