1. When and where did the International Baccalaureate (IB) originate?
The IB was introduced in the late 1960s to cater for a growing number of internationally mobile and minded students. The desire was to provide an education that was not tied to any one nation - a truly global curriculum. It is currently offered in 147 countries!
2. How is the IB Diploma Programme different to other national or international courses for 16 to 18 year olds?
The IB Diploma Programme develops the leaders needed by the future workplace – people who know how to collaborate and understand the value of teamwork, people with analytical capability, versatility and international understanding. It is a broad curriculum with an emphasis on the development of skills fit for the 21st century workplace and for employment in the careers of tomorrow which are yet to be defined.
3. What type of student benefits from the IB Diploma Programme?
The programme is committed to fostering a set of values and attributes described as its learner profile. IB graduates are thinkers, inquirers, communicators, principled (acting with integrity and honesty), open-minded, caring (showing compassion and respect to others), while at the same time being risk-takers, reflective and understanding the need for balance in their lives.
4. Who will support my child’s learning?
With over 100 students from many countries following the IB Diploma Programme in our new state-of-the-art IB building, we have a very well-developed tutoring system at the school. Our tutors are also experienced IB teachers and leaders and are supported by university counsellors to guide our students through both UK/Europe and North American applications. These staff are led by a senior team with decades of IB and school leadership experience.
5. Why do pupils choose the IB Diploma Programme?
The Diploma Programme offers a:
challenging academic curriculum, delivered in English, that serves as outstanding preparation for university and higher education
student-centred approach to teaching, focused on developing students intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially
focus on international-mindedness, compassion, and understanding of intercultural differences
6. How long has the Diploma Programme been offered at The British School Warsaw?
We are very proud of our incredibly strong performance in the IB diploma each year. We have been preparing children for the diploma for more than 15 years (since 2001) and regularly achieve the highest IB Diploma average of any Central or Eastern European School. Over the last five years, several of our students have achieved 45/45 points in the Diploma, which places them in the top 500 students worldwide.
7. How much better are The British School Warsaw student's performing than the average IB or A Level student?
The world average IB diploma score is just below 30 points out of a maximum 45. Our average in summer 2017 was over 35, and this placed us amongst the highest achieving IB schools in Central and Eastern Europe. Individually, students also excel in their chosen subjects, achieving an average subject grade of 5.7 last year compared with 4.8 worldwide. It should be noted that a score of +36 represents a greater achievement than 3 A grades at A-level and allows a pupil to realistically apply to the world’s top 200 universities.
8. Do the top international universities recognise the IB Diploma Programme?
The IBDP is widely regarded as the best preparation for university study. Put simply, the IBDP is accepted by more universities around the world than any other post 16 (high school) qualification. This includes Polish universities who value the skills and knowledge demonstrated by IBDP graduates.
9. Where do students from The British School Warsaw go on to study?
With a rich heritage spanning more than a quarter of a century, we are very proud of our numerous alumni. Many have gone on to study at the world’s leading universities. In the UK, this includes Oxford and Cambridge universities, London universities such as Imperial, UCL, Kings and LSE, as well as many other outstanding top tier universities. In North America, we have alumni at Princeton, Columbia, Cornell, McGill and NYU, as well as leading Canadian universities such as Toronto and University of British Columbia. Closer to home, many of our students choose to study in Europe, including University of Warsaw, Warsaw School of Economics, Maastricht and Leiden.
10. Where can prospective parents get more information?
If you would like any further details of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at The British School Warsaw, please feel free to contact our IB office, firstname.lastname@example.org