Southbank International School - Westminster Campus
63-65 Portland Place, London, W1B 1QR, UK
Tel: (+44) 20 7436 9699
Fax: (+44) 20 7436 9799
International, IB, curricula.
233 students, 11-18 yrs
Southbank International School was founded in 1979 by a group of British
and American educators in order to provide a challenging academic
environment for a culturally diverse community. Students receive tuition
in core areas (English, mathematics, history, computing, science,
foreign languages, physical education and the arts) and other electives.
London - its people, museums, theatres - is used as an extension of
the campus and the curriculum. The campuses have pupils from 50 countries,
and Southbank is noted for its friendly atmosphere.
Southbank International School - Westminster Campus was the first
UK school to offer the International Baccalaureate curriculum to
pupils of all ages. The IB Primary Years Programme (offered at the
Hampstead and Kensington campuses) is inquiry based and uses a cross-curricular
approach. It includes the core subjects as well as German, computing,
art, music and Suzuki violin. In the IB Middle Years Programme (Grades
6 to 10) French and design technology are added to the core subjects
begun in the Primary School. During High School other subjects can
be taken such as Spanish as a foreign language, film studies and
business.The emphasis is on skills development and students are
prepared for the IB Diploma Programme (Grades 11 and 12).
English is the language of instruction, but students may also study
their native language; currently 18 languages are offered as first
or second languages in the High School section. English as an additional
language is offered throughout the school. Pupils in middle and
some high school years participate in a compulsory off-campus, residential
programme. The school attracts well-qualified and internationally
experienced teachers with IB experience.
The school operates on a three-term basis from September to June.
Holidays include mid- term breaks in October and February, a two-week
winter break in December/January and a two-week spring break in
Southbank Westminster (students aged 11-18) is in an English Heritage
listed building in Portland Place, conveniently located in central
London with good transportation nearby. Facilities include four
science labs, a computer lab, a hall, theatre, a cafeteria, art
and music rooms, and a library served by networked computers.
The Southbank International School - Westminster Campus is close
to Regent's Park. The door-to-door bus service covers a wide area
of central and north London. Admission is based on previous school
records and satisfactory references, as well as suitability of the
candidate for the curriculum offered. Pupils with special needs
may be offered limited support and are evaluated for admission on
an individual basis with consideration given to the needs of currently
enrolled pupils. The future demands of the IB Diploma Programme
are considered as a factor in admissions.