International Baccalaureate Diploma
In order to provide all our students with a stimulating and creative curriculum, we offer the choice of studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) or A Levels in the Sixth Form.
The ethos of the IB, with its broad curriculum and emphasis on study skills, community service and internationalism fits well with our Quaker values. Students study six subjects: three at higher level and three at standard level, with the organisation of subject choices ensuring that they maintain a breadth of study across English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Languages and Arts.
As well as academic skills, IB students are asked to demonstrate initiative, independence and organisation. They study the Theory of Knowledge and are asked to reflect upon both their academic subjects and their personal development. Creativity Action Service, where students participate in creative, physical and service activities in the local community is also a key element of the programme.
The International Baccalaureate was originally launched in 1968 and now involves some 80,000 students studying in 125 countries. It is highly regarded internationally and recognised by all UK universities. Discover the 10 reasons why the IB diploma is ideal preparation for University. It is also attractive to employers because of the variety of skills and personal attributes fostered by the programme. See what the Daily Telegraph have to say about the IB.
IB subjects offered
English Language A: Literature
German A (including Language and Literature); Italian A (including Language and Literature)
Second Language – Modern Languages (German B, Spanish B, French B)
Spanish ab initio (for beginners)
Subjects may be added and vary from year to year according to demand. Group A languages are for native or near native speakers, Group B is taken as a second language.
The IB curriculum includes evening talks and external visits that give students the chance to meet and talk with academics and contemporary thought leaders.
HL = Higher Level / SL = Standard Level.