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Which Schools in the UK Use International Baccalaureate (IB)?


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Founded in 1968, The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit organisation with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Formerly known as the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), IB offers four educational programmes, amongst which is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). [1]


IBDP is a two-year educational programme providing an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education to students aged 16-19.


Recognised by many universities worldwide, the programme was developed by a group of international educators and is currently being taught in over 140 countries. 


Characterised as ‘more academically challenging and broader than three or four A-levels’ by The Guardian, the diploma is awarded following assessments in six subject areas:


  • Native language and literature (including over 80 languages)
  • Additional language (including Latin or Classical Greek)
  • Humanities (including Economics, Geography, History, ITGS or Philosophy)
  • Experimental Sciences (including Chemistry, Biology, Physics, DT or Computer Science)
  • Mathematics (including Financial Mathematics)
  • Arts (including Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts or Film)


Almost all subjects are evaluated using both internal and external assessors, with points being awarded from 1 to 7 (7 is equal to A*, 6 is equal to A, etc). Globally, the pass rate for IB Diploma is approximately 80%.


IBDP is accepted at over 2000 universities, and many of them, including 58 colleges and universities in the US, offer scholarships to IBDP graduates under conditions specified by each institution. [2]


In order for the school to teach this programme, it must be authorised by the International Baccalaureate organisation first. 


In this article, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best schools in the UK which offer the IB Diploma. Please click the links to learn more about their admissions process at 11+ (and 13+):


The Abbey School, Reading


Ardingly College


Ashcroft Technology Academy


Bedford Girls’ School


Bedford School


Bexley Grammar School


Box Hill School


Bradfield College


Brentwood School


Bromsgrove School


Bryanston School


Charterhouse School


Chelmsford County High School for Girls     


Cheltenham Ladies’ College


Christ’s Hospital


Cobham Hall School


Dane Court Grammar School


Dartford Grammar School


Dover Grammar School for Boys


Ellesmere College


Felsted School


Godolphin and Latymer School


Grammar School at Leeds


Gresham’s School


Headington School


Hurstpierpoint College


Kent College, Canterbury


King Edward’s School, Birmingham


King Edward’s School, Witley


King’s College School, Wimbledon


Langley Academy, Slough


Leighton Park School


Malvern College


Manchester Grammar School


Manchester High School for Girls


Mount Kelly School


North London Collegiate School


Oakham School


Pangbourne College


Plymouth College


Portsmouth Grammar School


Redmaids’ High School


Rochester Grammar School


Rossall School


Rydal Penrhos School


St Edmund’s College, Ware


St Edward’s School, Oxford


St Helen’s School


Sevenoaks School


Sherborne School


Sidcot School


Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School


Stonyhurst College


Tonbridge Grammar School


Torquay Boys’ Grammar School


Warminster School


Wellington College, Berkshire


Whitgift School


Wirral Grammar School for Boys


Worth School


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