Southbank International School-Kensington

London - W and NW

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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Roll: 112 (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 Kensington include a Mac-based IT Lab; a music room with a range of percussion instruments; a library/media room to support the PYP programme; a multi-purpose hall used for lunches, sport and concerts; a large garden with a climbing frame, sandpit and an array of equipment for children to use.

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

2020. All visits are welcome, please contact the school.


2019/2020. All per term.

Early Childhood 3 (half day programme) (3 years 2 months old): £5,785

Early Childhood 4 (full day) (4 years old): £8,015

Kindergarten – Grade 5 (Primary Years Programme) (5 - 11 years old): £9,005


Ofsted Inspection 2016
SIS Inspection 2013
ISI Inspection 2017

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Principal - Siobhan McGrath

Southbank International School-Kensington
36-38 Kensington Park Road
London - W and NW
W11 3BU

[t]: 020 7243 3803

Location Description

Our Southbank Kensington campus is located in the stunning Notting Hill area of London in between the famous Portobello Road and Kensington Park Road.

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School News

London, UK, Southbank International School is pleased to announce their superb IB Diploma results for their class of 2019.

Here is a summary of the IBDP

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results for our class of 2019:

  • Of the 62 diploma students, 61 passed, with 29% achieving bilingual diplomas
  • The average Diploma score was 36.2 (world average for 2018 29.76)
  • 26% achieved 40% or higher, putting them in the top 3% of students worldwide

Southbank are extremely proud of the grades achieved, which mark another set of outstanding results for Southbank students, who consistently achieve excellent grades year on year.  This year saw the highest number of students in Southbank’s history taking and passing the IB Diploma.

26% of students earned an IBDP score of 40 or more which puts them in the top 3% of IB students worldwide, an outstanding achievement.  29% received a bilingual IB diploma, which reflects the school’s Mission to “provide opportunities for students to study other languages, as well as their own, and to become good communicators” and will serve them well as they continue their education at excellent universities around the world.

These results have helped Southbank students receive university placements in some of the world’s most prestigious universities.  These include UCL, Imperial, LSE, Warwick, Cambridge, Harvard, Brown, Bristol, Bath and Manchester. This is testament to the support given to students by Southbank’s Higher Education and Careers team and shows how university admissions teams value the IB Diploma and Southbank students especially.


Southbank International Schools London

The use of technology in classrooms is not new. For many years, teachers have had access to computers, tablets, and interactive displays. However, in many

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cases, these devices are used to replicate tasks previously completed without any modern technology. Smartboards replaced whiteboards, word processing replaced the notebook, and lesson planning moved to a digital form.

Researchers have defined this use of technology as being a substitution for previous use cases. There was no functional change from what previous technologies offered. Evidence has shown that in order for technology to be truly transformative, it should modify the task design and allow for the creation of new tasks, previously inconceivable.

At Southbank International School, our Hampstead campus was recently recognised as an Apple Distinguished School for our innovative use of technology to transform teaching, learning, and the school environment. Our Apple Distinguished School story outlines how teachers and students are taking advantage of technology to redefine the learning experience.

Transforming learning

In physical education, learners use a combination of software and hardware to record their tennis serves or gymnastics routines. They are able to compare themselves against a teacher example and analyse how they can improve their performance.

Digital Learning is able to have a transformative effect on the way that teachers provide equitable access to learning materials for all students. Our language learners take advantage of built-in accessibility features of iPad to access the curriculum. By using dictation and voice tools, learners can practice pronunciation of vocabulary words. Through Siri, learners can quickly get a translation to another language.

Technology gives all children the power to be creators. They are able to create products and share their learning in ways previously unimaginable. During an inquiry into migration, Spanish mother-tongue students research famous explorers. They wrote and directed a short stop-motion movie to highlight the impact of the explorers.

When working on shared projects, learners use technology as they share responsibility and make decisions. Using AirDrop, groups can quickly share files between devices. Using collaboration tools on Google Docs and Pages, learners can easily collaborate on the same document in real-time. Throughout the Exhibition, the cultivating project of the PYP, learners work together on a project of interest. Shared documents give them ubiquitous access to their files as they collaborate from home and at school.

Assessment and feedback

Every child at Southbank uses Seesaw to collate a digital learning portfolio. Through their Seesaw journal, learners and teachers can add examples of work using a variety of formats, including photos of work from notebooks, photos, videos, and screen and voice recordings. Each child’s journal follows them throughout the school and provides an authentic view of their progress over time. The ability to connect family members to a Seesaw portfolio allows parents to have a window to their child’s learning.

Seesaw also allows teachers to give timely feedback to students to share what they have done well in a piece of work and how it could be improved. This feedback can be given as a text comment or as a voice note. Our learners have identified that voice comments are a more effective and personal way of receiving feedback on their work.

In addition to receiving feedback on their work, Seesaw allows students to become more reflective learners and encourages them to reflect. Students develop metacognition by reflecting on their learning process and identifying what went well in their work and how they could improve it. Peers are also able to see each other’s work and can easily peer-assess their classmates’ work.

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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