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  • Southbank International School
    The Admissions Office
    63-65 Portland Place
    London
    GB
    W1B 1QR
  • T +44 (020)7243 3803
  • F +44 (020) 7727 3290
  • E admissions@southbank.org
  • W www.southbank.org
  • Memberships: , Member Independent Schools Association (ISA); member European Council of International Schools (ECIS); founding member of the London International Schools Association (LISA),
  • State/Independent: Independent: privately owned (individual/corporation)
  • Lower School Ages: 3-11
  • Lower School Sexes: Co-ed
  • Lower School Numbers: Hampstead Primary Years: 198 pupils Kensington Primary Years: 202 pupils
  • Middle School Ages: 12-14
  • Middle School Sexes: Co-ed
  • Middle School Numbers: Middle School (Grades 6-8): 140
  • Senior School Ages: 16-18
  • Senior School Sexes: Co-ed
  • Senior School Numbers: High School(Grades 9-12): 200
  • Teaching Language: English
  • SEN: Mainstream with SEN support
  • Boarding: Not available
  • Uniform: No
  • School Year: School year: September-June holidays: half terms, Christmas, and Easter breaks
  • School Hours: Hampstead: 8.45am-3.15pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8.45am-2.30pm Wednesday Kensington: 8.40am-3.20pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8.40am-2.30pm Wednesday Westminster: 8.45am-3.35pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8.45am-2.30pm Wednesday
  • Fee Currency: pounds sterling
  • Fee Details: Annual (Semesters) per term: Early Childhood £5020 Early Childhood (half day) £3600 Kindergarten £5320 Grades 1-5 £5820 Grades 6-8 £6220 Grades 9-10 £6620 Grades 11-12 £6880
  • Fee Extras: Capital Development Fee (first year): £1200 Each subsequent year: £300 Applicants with documents in a foreign language may incur translation cost (depends on language)£100 Bus service door to door per term £700 IB Biology field trip (Diploma Year): £500 IB Language field trip (Diploma Year): £700 Mathematics Graphic calculator: required for all Middle and High school students £75 IB Diploma exam fees (grade 12 only): £700 Grade 5 residential trip (subsidized):£275 Various fees for extra curricular activities and extra tutoring
  • Religion: Non-denominational

International Baccalaureate (Diploma) - Schools offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Dip) prepare students for university entrance by following the IB programme over the final two years of high school. This involves taking six subjects (three at higher level and three at standard level). Assessment is based on a combination of final examinations and course work that are evaluated by external examiners worldwide, and (in some cases for coursework) by internal assessment. IB examinations for each subject are held on the same days for all students worldwide - in May in the Northern Hemisphere and in October in the case of most Southern Hemisphere schools. Each subject is scored from 1-7, and up to 3 additional points may be awarded for TOK (Theory of Knowledge) essays and for the Extended Essay. A minimum of 24 points is required to obtain the IB diploma, while 45 points is the maximum. A school that has 35 diploma candidates in a given year, out of which 32 passed, has a pass rate of 91%. You can judge the results for yourself by knowing that the world average pass rate is approximately 82%. (Pupils may also opt to take certificates in the individual subject areas, though these on their own may be insufficient for university entry.)

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP)

International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP)

Authorised by International Baccalaureate Organization (not to be confused as an inspection or accreditation agency) - International Baccaulareate Organization (by contrast to the US Education turtle of a website, this one goes like a jet and has everything you're looking for right at your fingertips. We know this is a schools guide, but we couldn't help noticing...) The IBO has a very strong system for setting up IB schools and making sure they get off to a good start, but thereafter do not particularly inspect or certify those schools (although they do continue to keep a close eye on schools using their Primary and Middle Years curricula). Instead, they feel the results speak for themselves. Therefore, parents should look at an IB school's exam results and numbers of students qualifying for the IB Diploma: if those numbers are poor or dropping, take a much closer look. If a school is an IB candidate, that's a good sign....but not if it's been a candidate for a decade. Good IB exam and Diploma results do not in themselves tell you about the feel of the school or whether it's right for your child, and no one is looking into every cranny in the same way an American accreditation or Ofsted inspection officer does (not only the academics but also the governance and financial stabilty of a school). But if scores look good, and you like the buzz of the school, there's a good chance you'll find a rigorous programme that will allow a fairly seamless transition from one IB school to another. That is, before the final two year IB Diploma programme. It is very important to note that, in spite of similarities within the curriculum, the two year course is usually regarded by schools as being fairly monolithic. In other words, not made up of identical sequential parts that students can pop in and out of, from school to school, at will. Be aware that the IBO exists to set up curriculum and protocols and they are very good at what they do, but counseling or guiding parents trying to make this transition is not part of their brief.

Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) (DfE BSO approved) - Independent Schools Inspectorate - One of six inspection providers that have been approved to inspect under the British Schools Overseas programme. According to the UK Dept of Education website, to be recognised by the Department for Education, "a British school overseas must have an inspection report which shows that their performance against all the standards is at least satisfactory. This reflects the standards required for continuing registration as a school in England. Schools meeting the standards will have their inspection reports published on the Department's website and will be allocated a unique reference number on the national school reference system, Edubase". A map on this link shows the locality of each British school overseas which has been inspected under the Department's inspection scheme. Individual inspection reports are available to download via the school location pins on the map.


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