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The International Baccalaureate (IB), formerly The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), is an educational foundation headquartered and founded in 1968 in Switzerland. Its first offering is the now widespread IB Diploma programme.
Country of Origin: Switzerland
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The International Baccalaureate offers four educational programmes for children aged 3–19: The IB Primary Years Programme (IB PYP), the IB Mid Years Programme (IB MYP), the IB Diploma Programme (IB DP) and the IB Careers Programme (IB CP).

While all four of these programmes are usually available in an expat oriented country, not all schools will offer all four programmes. In fact that is a rarity.

The IB's four programmes were not actually designed as a continuum. Each is a standalone framework and curriculum, developed at different times and stages of the IB's evolution. Increasingly however the IB organisation is moving to provide an overarching framework for children from 11 through to 19. Even with this however it is not necessary, or even usual for a school to offer all programmes.

An IB Continuum School offers the IB PYP, IB MYP, and either the IB DP or IB CP (or both).

Many schools that have gone the IB route choose the GCSE up to 16, followed by the Diploma programme. It is more unusual for a school to be IB up to 16, and then offer A Levels.


IB Primary Years Programme
The PYP is the IB's primary years curriculum and aims to prepare students to become "active, caring, lifelong learners". It is the equivalent of the UK's Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework.

Also known as: IB PYP
Age range: 3-12
First offered: 1997


IB Middle Years Programme
A secondary level framework that "encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world". The MYP is inclusive by design and "aimed at students of all interests and academic abilities". It is the equivalent of GCSE - with a crucial difference that individual examinations are not part of the MYP programme.

Also known as: IB MYP
Age range: 
First offered: 1994


IB Diploma Programme
The IB's most common post 16, pre university qualification, that aims to develop students "who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically". It is the IB's equivalent of the A' Level, and is widely accepted by universities around the world. 

Also known as: IB DP
Age range: 16-19
First offered: 1968


IB Career-related Programme
The CP is a framework of international education addressing the needs of students engaged in career-related education. It leads to further/higher education apprenticeships or employment. It is the equivalent of the UK's BTEC, although with a distinctly more academic shell.

Age range:
First offered: 2012

27 UK Schools offering IB

School name Community Region
ACS International School (Cobham) Surrey South East England
ACS International School (Egham) Surrey South East England
ACS International School (Hillingdon) Hillingdon Greater London
Ardingly College West Sussex South East England
Bradfield College Berkshire South East England
Cobham Hall School Kent South East England
Dartford Grammar School Kent South East England
Dwight School London (Lower School) Barnet Greater London
Dwight School London (Upper School) Barnet Greater London
Gresham's (Senior School) Norfolk East Midlands
Haileybury School Hertfordshire East of England
Halcyon London International School Westminster Greater London
Impington Village College Cambridgeshire South East England
Kent College, Canterbury (Senior School) Kent South East England
Lycée International de Londres Winston Churchill Brent Greater London
Marymount International School, London Westminster Greater London
North London Collegiate School Harrow Greater London
Oakham School Rutland East of England
Rossall School Lancashire North West England
Rugby School Warwickshire West Midlands
St Clare's, Oxford Oxfordshire South East England
St Leonards Fife Scotland
Stonyhurst College Lancashire North West England
Taunton School Somerset South West England
The Abbey (Junior School) Berkshire South East England
UWC Atlantic College Glamorgan Wales
Westbourne School Cardiff Wales

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