Southbank International School Kensington

Southbank International School is London’s leading International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for 2-18 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 Kensington

    Our Kensington campus is attended by approximately 210 children aged 2 to 11, who are from almost 40 countries.

    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: 112 Boys / / 99 Girls

    Age Range: 2-11 Years

    Founded: 1979

    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.

    School Contact Details

    Headteacher: Siobhan McGrath

    36-38 Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill, London, London - W and NW, W11 3BU

    Tel: 020 7243 3803



    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.

    As part of our IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), we offer our Early Childhood curriculum for children aged 2-5 years. Through inquiry-based learning and play, it aims to engage and stimulate young students and nurture their academic, personal and social development.

    Specifically, the overall goals of our Early Childhood Programme are to encourage children to:

    • Make choices and decisions
    • Use materials in flexible and imaginative ways
    • Initiate inquiry and ask questions
    • Work collaboratively with others
    • Sustain their interests and extend their knowledge
    • Develop an understanding of themselves and the world around them

    The Primary Years Programme (3-11 years old) 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



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

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

    Kindergarten – Grade 5 (Primary Years Programme) (5 – 11 years old): £10,135 – £10,435/term

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    All visits are welcome, please contact the school

    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 and we encourage you to explore these to gain an initial insight into what to expect when you arrive.

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