Here at the British School Warsaw we are proud to be an IB school and to have been accredited since 2001; nineteen years of experience in delivering what we believe to be an outstanding curriculum for our students. Our students are at the heart of all that we do and we firmly believe that there is no better preparation for university and beyond than the IB Diploma programme.
Amongst the many outstanding aspects of the IB Diploma programme, there are some key areas which we know are invaluable and which better prepare our students, not just for university, but to be global citizens for the workplace ready to make meaningful contributions to society.
- The IB Learner Profile
The foundations of the IB programme is the IB Learner Profile, a set of key aims which ensure that our students become learners who are:
This is the absolute foundation of the IB Programme and one which is invaluable to our students in today’s world. A world where it is not just the academic outcomes which signal success but also an individual’s approach to the problems, challenges and situations. As employers look more and more for those soft skills of problem-solving, independence, resilience, creativity and teamwork, it is clear that any student emerging from the rigorous IB Diploma programme with the well-developed characteristics above, will stand out from the crowd in the ever-competitive world of university applications and employment.
- A truly holistic Education
Another vital aspect of the IB Diploma is the importance placed on the whole learner; the recognition that learning is not just the academic but the ability to contribute to the world we live in. This is accomplished in the form of CAS (Creativity, Activity & Service) where students ensure they enhance their personal development by learning through the experiential, providing opportunities for resilience, determination and collaboration. It also allows students to pursue their passions outside of the classroom, be it music, dance, charity initiatives or community cohesion; all of which provide a healthy balance between the academic and the contribution to self and society. All of which is vital, particularly in these most challenging of times.
Highly-regarded by universities world wide
IB Diploma students delve into the Theory of Knowledge, another core aspect of the IB Diploma giving them crucial questioning and critical thinking skills and approaches, as well as researching and producing an Extended Essay. The latter being a 4000 word research paper developing research skills, critical analysis and independent study. Studies support the value of the IB Diploma.
A HESA* study found that of 1.2 million pupils who sat A-Levels and 48,700 pupils who took the IB diploma between 2007 and 2013, the IB students had a 57% greater likelihood of attending one of the top 20 UK universities than students who study traditional A-Levels.
IB students also have a larger probability of achieving both a 1st & 2nd class degree compared to their A-Level peers with 23% of IB students achieving a first-class degree compared with 19% of A-Level students.
As is clear from the tables below, the IB Diploma was highly rated by university admissions officials. Our Diploma students are independent learners who accrue and develop time management and organisation skills which we feel sets them at an advantage when they embark on their university studies.
*Source: UK Higher Education Statistics Agency 2016