The International Baccalaureate at Dwight


The guiding principles of the curriculum implemented at Dwight School London are:

  • Students should develop a holistic attitude to knowledge; they should see the subjects they learn as an integrated whole.
  • Students' own cultural experiences and backgrounds, and those of our diverse teaching staff, are a valuable learning resource; we encourage understanding through intercultural awareness.
  • The ability to express ideas both reflects and deepens understanding; students' communication skills are central to their learning.

These principles are best met through the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum.

Dwight School London has gained a reputation as one of few international schools in the UK authorised to offer the IB Primary Years Programme (IBPYP), the IB Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) and the prestigious IB Diploma Programme. There are over 4,600 IB World Schools that are authorised to offer IB programmes in more than 140 countries.

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. Dwight classrooms can literally extend into other regions of the world through our partnerships with The Dwight Schools in New York, Seoul, Shanghai and Dubai. Our global network and our London location, in one of the world’s most exciting and vibrant cities, offer students unique opportunities to experience the world through school visits, exchange programmes and collaborative projects.

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. 



IB Learner Profile



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.


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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.