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The International Baccalaureate

We are very much leading the way as an International School in the United Kingdom and were the first school in the UK to offer the full IB curriculum. We offer the IB whereby students thrive fuelled by inquiry-led learning and an expectation that they will be confident, independent learners who derive meaning from their experiences.

Find out more about the International Baccalaureate from our global academic director, Dianne Drew

IB Learner Profile

As well as serving a diverse community of students from all over the world, the heart of the International Baccalaureate programme places an emphasis on global themes and perspectives, encouraging developing internationally-minded global citizens. In addition the IB programme emphasises ten key characteristics that make for well-rounded global citizens. These are contained within the IB learner profile below: 


Approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. Brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.


Act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. Take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.


Exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognise and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.


Develop their natural curiosity. Acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. Actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.


Explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In doing so, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.


Understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. And are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.


Show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. Have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.


Give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. Are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development. 


Understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.


Understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. Work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others

The IB Continuum Journey

Primary Years Programme

Dwight School London children from Little Lions Nursery and through Junior School learn through the IBPYP, which offers a rich and stimulating curriculum designed to generate an enthusiasm for learning and value it as a life-long process. The IBPYP focuses on the development of the whole child and addresses social, physical, emotional and cultural needs through a comprehensive inquiry-based programme. 

Middle Years Programme

For ages 11-16, we develop life long learners at our Senior School who have the ability to adapt in a rapidly changing society. We try to instil in our students a sense of belonging in the world around them.This means that we also aim to help students develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to participate actively and responsibly in a changing and interrelated world. 

Diploma Programme

The IB Diploma Programme for ages 16-18 at our Senior School aims to develop critical and compassionate thinkers who, as learners in the 21st century, are prepared for success at university and life beyond. In order to facilitate life long learning a challenging and balanced two-year curriculum is offered.