Southbank International School Hampstead

Southbank International School is London’s leading International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for 3-18 year olds with campuses in Hampstead, Kensington and Westminster in Central London. It was the first school in the UK to be authorised to offer all three IB programmes – the Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes. The school has led the way in providing an internationally focussed world class education for 40 years.

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    Southbank International School Hampstead

    Southbank International School Hampstead campus is a purpose-built school located in one of London’s leafiest suburbs.

    Students follow the International Baccalaureate Primary Year Programme, before transferring to our Westminster campus at age 11, where they begin to study the IB Middle Years Programme.

    Category: Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory

    Pupils: Co-Education

    Type: Day

    Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational

    Roll: 99 Boys / / 99 Girls

    Age Range: 3-11 Years

    Founded: 1979

    Location Description

    Southbank Hampstead has a welcoming atmosphere located in leafy Hampstead.

    School Contact Details

    Contact for enquiries: Shirley Harwood

    16 Netherhall Gardens, Hampstead, London, London - W and NW, NW3 5TH

    Tel: 020 7431 1200



    Southbank is a school whose quality and identity rest on its commitment to the IB and the promotion of internationalism. With over seventy nationalities on our roll, we live and breathe the spirit of internationalism, as reflected in our three programmes of study and the many activities outside the classroom. Southbank uses London as our classroom. We take full advantage of the city’s cultural riches, giving our students access to educational enrichment that is perhaps unparalleled anywhere else in the world.

    We take seriously the IB goals of educating the whole person and fostering a more compassionate and active citizenry. Southbank students engage in the local community and undertake a wide variety of charity work for causes in the UK and abroad. Every year we recognise a student or group of students whose activities have demonstrated a genuine sense of service to others. The school has a strong extracurricular programme that reflects its commitment to holistic education and the development of students’ potential in its widest sense. Music, sport, and drama – among other activities – contribute to a rich diet of opportunities.

    Primary Years Programme (3-11 years old):- Based at our Hampstead and Kensington campuses, the Primary Years Programme focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is defined by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning.

    Our two primary campuses are relatively small with a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and a close-knit community. The diversity of cultures and mother tongue languages represented among members of each class are celebrated and provide the opportunity for children to learn from each other. This forms a strong, positive and collaborative community among the children and fosters an appreciation for the unique backgrounds and experiences we all bring to our learning community.

    Facilities at Hampstead include an impressive art room equipped with a design suite of Mac computers and supplies; a bright and airy music room with computers for recording student compositions; a multi-purpose hall which provides space for lunches, sport and concerts; and a dedicated play space equipped with climbing frame, sandpit and an edible garden.

    Entrance Requirements

    Admission is based on previous school performance, reports and good references, as well as consideration of the compatibility of the student’s profile for the academic and social aspects of the Primary Years Programme


    2022/2023. All per term.

    Early Childhood EC3 (half day programme) (3 years 2 months old): £6,410

    Early Childhood EC4 (full day) (4 years old): £8,885

    Kindergarten – Grade 5 (Primary Years Programme) (5 – 11 years old): £9,700

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    All visits are welcome, please contact the school

    Information Morning – Primary Years Programme: Tuesday 18 Oct 2022 - Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am

    Information Morning – Primary Years Programme: Tuesday 21 Feb 2023 - Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am

    Information Morning – 18th October 2022: BOOK your place

    Information Morning – 21st February 2023 – BOOK your place

    We are very proud of our school and understand that not everyone will be able to visit before they join us.

    We have produced virtual tours of all our campuses. We encourage you to explore these to gain an initial insight into what to expect when you arrive.

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