“The IB programme stretches pupils by pushing them beyond the comfort zone of their two or three strongest subjects. We believe that this is inherently valuable because it not only improves their mental agility and resilience, but it also keeps educational doors open much longer, rather than allowing our pupils to close off parts of their minds early in their lives.”
The International Baccalaureate diploma programme (IBDP) is provided for our sixth form pupils (years 12 and 13). It requires all sixth formers to study six subjects drawn from six groups, with three taken to the higher level (HL). This approach enables them to develop a much broader knowledge base while still providing sufficient depth: a combination that is highly respected by the world’s most prestigious universities and higher education institutions.
However, the IBDP is much more than a series of academic subjects. Its unique features, namely CAS (creativity, activity, service), the extended essay and the theory of knowledge (ToK) allow pupils to develop a wider range of skills and aptitudes which go beyond the borders of classroom teaching. They will become more intuitive and critical thinkers, developing their research skills, exploring new physical disciplines and academic pursuits, while also dedicating a measure of their time to community-focused projects and initiatives.
Taken together, the respective elements of the IBDP serve as a platform for our pupils to achieve greater personal and academic development during their time in the sixth form. By the end of the programme, we believe that they will be more mature, capable and responsible young adults who are excellently equipped to take on the challenges of higher education and their future career paths.
More information on the details of the programme and the courses on offer can be found in the IB Course Booklet.
We recognise and reward academic excellence by offering a limited number of academic scholarships to pupils in Year 12 and 13 studying for the IB. IB Scholars will play a significant role in the life of the College and will be expected to demonstrate leadership in the encouragement of non-scholarship holding pupils.
Further details regarding scholarships can be obtained from the Admissions Office.
The main qualities which we are looking for in a scholar are:
- academic ability and curiosity
- the ability to think critically and to assimilate new ideas quickly
- personal, social and moral strength of character
- an international outlook with a high level of written and spoken English
Partial academic scholarships for pupils starting the IB diploma programme in August 2016.
- The IB scholarships will be awarded on the basis of school reports and exam grade predictions (where available), entrance test results and the candidate’s performance at the scholarship assessment day.
- The scholarship assessment day will comprise the College’s own entrance tests and a variety of activities that will require candidates to think, but without requiring any prior subject knowledge.
If an award is offered and accepted, IB Scholars will be expected to fulfil the following expectations for the duration of their time as a scholar:
- Consistently strong academic performance
- Evidence of meaningful contributions within the College
- Conduct befitting of a Scholar