International Baccalaureate


The International Baccalaureate (IB) started with the International School of Geneva. They were looking for a programme of study that promoted peace after the recent world war. The programme was later refined by the University of Oxford. They wanted to promoting critical thinking skills.

The International Baccalaureate Organisation has refined the three academic programmes for 30 years. It is now recognised as the world’s foremost international programme. If gives students access to the best universities. It also gives them the skills to succeed once they get there.

The IB starts with the Primary Years Programme (PYP). This is for students aged four to 11 year of age. Our teachers teach the academic subjects as stand alone subjects, or as units of inquiry. At ICS Maths and English have dedicated daily hours. The units of inquiry are 4-6 week projects. This gives the students a context within which to learn their new academic. Teachers encourage our students to be detectives; to find answers to questions themselves.

At secondary age, from 11 to 16, students study the Middle Years Programme (MYP). The MYP starts with the concept of international mindedness. How can we see things in a global way? All learning happens with a global context. The students learn traditional academic subjects. Our teachers make the key concepts clear in the subjects. Like the PYP, students making inquiries into questions set by the teacher. These questions look at the topic is different ways. Finally, students reflect on their work and prepare for assessments.

Access to university, in the UK or anywhere in the world, happens through the IB Diploma. This is for students aged 16-18. The programme is a set curriculum of study like A Levels. Work done at MYP and PYP prepare students for the demands of study at this level. Students have to show organisation skills and a love of learning to succeed at this level. Students pick three subjects to study at a higher level equal to A Level. Students also study three subjects at a lower level like AS Level. This gives students the balance of knowledge appropriate at this age.

ICS Students have been successful in securing places at the world top universities. IB results come out 6 weeks before A Level. Last year all our students secured their places before A Levels results had even come out. The IB at ICS is the best route to university. And it gives students the tools they need to succeed when they get there.

Read the blogs below to see how we bring the International Baccalaureate to life.