Recent commentary in international press has highlighted the IB Diploma as a fast-growing choice of qualification for students, in particular because of the way it better prepares students for the rigours of university study.
The British School of Beijing, Shunyi (BSB) is now offering the IB Diploma as its graduate qualification in the 2014/2015 school year, making the transition from A-Levels. The School will still maintain its English National Curriculum throughout the rest of the school.
The British School of Beijing is part of the international Nord Anglia Education group and has followed the trend of the group’s 27 international schools around the world to offer the IB Diploma as its graduate qualification.
Intense preparation has been put into The British School of Beijing’s IB offer to students, led by an experienced team of IB teachers, making it one of the best in Beijing for those students wanting a bigger choice of subjects per class space, smaller class sizes and more individually-focused teaching.
The school will offer no less than 18 subjects across the areas of Languages, Humanities, Science, Maths and The Arts. It is a huge choice for students and gives more options per class space than any other IB Diploma school in Beijing with the added benefit of more one-on-one contact time with teachers.
School Principal Mr Andy Puttock said BSB’s new IB Diploma programme was about giving students enough scope to pursue their careers and dreams.
“The IB is the natural next step as a school that believes in creating great learning through true academic rigour. We are preparing our students for a world beyond school and we want to give them choices so they can discover for themselves where their true strengths lie,” Mr Puttock said.
Students select 6 subjects to study over the two-year programme and must also complete the Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay and Creativity, Service, Action (CAS) requirements.
Ms Carol Pratt, BSB’s IB Diploma Leader, has worked in two other IB World Schools, but said BSB’s wide subject offering, coupled with preparation from the English National Curriculum, was the best grounding she has seen for academic success in the IB Diploma programme.
“We are really excited about what we are offering our students,” Mrs Pratt said. “They will of course need to work hard and be dedicated to their study, but we are ready to guide them through.
“I think the future looks very bright indeed for our Graduate students at The British School of Beijing,” she said.