Southbank International School-Hampstead

London - W and NW

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  • 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

General Information

Southbank International School is an 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 30 years.


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, taking full advantage of the city’s cultural riches, giving our students access to educational enrichment that is perhaps unparalleled anywhere else in the world.

Southbank takes 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

Open Days

2019. Open Morning: Primary Years Programme - Ages 3 years 2 months – 11, Tues. 5th March


2018/2019. All per term.

Early Childhood 3 (half day programme) (3 years 2 months old): £5,510

Early Childhood 4 (full day) (4 years old): £7,635

Kindergarten – Grade 5 (Primary Years Programme) (5 - 11 years old): £8,580


SIS Inspection 2016

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Principal: Shirley Harwood

Southbank International School-Hampstead
16 Netherhall Gardens
London - W and NW

[t]: 020 7243 3803
[f]: 020 7727 3290

Location Description

Southbank Hampstead has a welcoming atmosphere located in leafy Hampstead.

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School News

We are delighted to share a summary of the IBDP results for our Class of 2018:

100% IBDP pass rate, including 35% bilingual diplomas.

Our highest ever

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average IBDP score of 37.6

Three students with 45 points (maximum possible)

We are extremely proud of our Class of 2018! Their hard work and dedication clearly paid off, with all of them earning the full IB Diploma. This is the second year in a row our students have achieved a 100% pass rate, which is especially pleasing given that we have no internal “selection process” for our IBDP so all of our students take on its academic challenge.  Furthermore, our Class of 2018 has achieved the best results in our school’s near 40-year history, with an average of 37.6 points. Full credit must go to the students for their diligent and well-rounded approach, and to our teachers for their work in educating and inspiring our students.

70% of the students’ 306 individual subject grades were 6 or above (7 is the maximum), and 94% of grades were 5 or above. A maximum of 3 diploma points are awarded for the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge course, and this year’s average of 1.9 was the best we have seen in recent years.

35% of our students earned an IBDP score of 40 or more (compared to the usual worldwide average of 29 points) with three students achieving the maximum of 45 points, a score attained by fewer than 0.2% of students worldwide! 35% received a bilingual IB diploma, which is a great reflection of our school’s Mission to “provide opportunities for students to study other languages, as well as their own, and to become good communicators” and which will serve them well as they continue their education at excellent universities around the world.

We are also proud of the high degree of accuracy of our 2018 internally-assessed components for all courses, which is testament to our teachers’ high level of professional understanding of their courses and of their students.

Well done to each and every one of our recent graduates!  We will miss them and think of them often, and we wish them the best for what lies ahead.

Southbank Diploma Programme graduates in 2017 received offers for universities around the world including: Barnard College, Columbia University, Cornell University, Harvard University, Imperial College

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London, London School of Economics, Political Science, New York University, Princeton University, SciencesPo, Stanford University, University of Cambridge, University College London and the University of Toronto.

59 students took IB Diploma examinations this year with an outstanding 100% pass rate.

Students achieved an average score of 36.1 above the global pass rate of 30.

17% of our students achieved 42 points or above which puts them in the top 3% of students worldwide.

25% of our students scored 40+ points, 3 students gained 44 points, a feat achieved by only 0.6% of students worldwide.

Southbank is also extremely proud to announce that 1 student gained a remarkable 45 points

We pride ourselves on our academic and teaching excellence, as testified by the 2017 IB Diploma results with an outstanding 100% pass rate and an

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average diploma score of 36, above the global pass rate of 30. 15% of our students achieved 42 points or above which put them in the top 3% of students worldwide. 25% of our students scored 40+ points and 3 students gained 44 points, a feat achieved by only 0.6% of students worldwide. These outstanding results allowed the vast majority of students to gain admission to top universities in the UK, North America and other parts of the world.

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