International Baccalaureate - UK & Global Private Schools

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  • 80 UK Private Schools offer the International Baccalaureate
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How to choose a UK IB school

On this site we list all the UK day and boarding independent schools offering the International Baccalaureate. Continental European schools are listed in a separate section. You can find a school by entering your preferred location into the  find a school section . This section also allows you to request a prospectus from up to five schools. You can see a school’s academic record in the IB Diploma Programme by perusing our  league table , but remember that some schools are too new to the IB to have yet received any results. Additionally, please bear in mind there are no league tables for under 16 year old pupils. In fact there are only a handful of UK schools offering the PYP or MYP for younger children.

We have written an eGuide on “How to Choose a Private IB school”, which is available by clicking here . The basic eGuide is free of charge and there is a much more detailed version which we only give to clients who have retained us for advice.

From age 16 there are now three commonly offered curriculums in UK independent schools – namely A Levels, IB Diploma Programme or Pre-U Diploma. Some schools offer two or more options whereas others are firmly committed to a particular curriculum and will tell you that it is the best – which makes it very confusing for parents. So we have also written an eGuide entitled “How to choose between A Levels, the IB and the Pre-U” in which we try to remain totally impartial and guide you to the right decision for your child’s abilities and aspirations. This is also free of charge in the section about the IB curriculum.

Most parents start with a location search, but it is quite possible there may not be any day schools within easy commuting distance and you may have to consider boarding instead.

Another major issue for 16+ students is “does the school offer the subjects I want?” Then of course there is the question of the school’s academic record and the quality of teaching. Other things to consider are class size, campus facilities, ethos and of course cost.

We regularly visit most UK private IB schools and make our own assessment of their suitability – so don’t be afraid to ask us for advice by completing an enquiry form or by calling us on +44 1622 813870.

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