The IBO - The International Baccalaureate Organisation


The International Baccalaureate was founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968 as a non-profit educational foundation. There are now 2,292 schools in 141 countries which have IBO authorisation (data as of September 2011).

The IBO promotes intercultural understanding and respect, not as an alternative to a sense of cultural and national identity, but as an essential part of life in the 21st century.

At its heart the IBO is motivated by a mission to create a better world through education, and this is captured in the IBO's mission statement:

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

The IBO values its hard-earned reputation for quality, for high standards and for pedagogical leadership. It achieves its goals by working with partners and by actively involving the stakeholders, particularly teachers.


The IB Diploma

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma course is an exciting course offering well-rounded education together with experiences not found in other courses leading to individuals who will, hopefully, be more thoughtful, caring and compassionate people who will respect others and their environment, as well as gaining academic credentials necessary for a future career.

The teaching develops into a partnership between teacher and pupil – in which the teacher is flexible to the needs of the student and the teaching evolves during the year according to the individual requirements of the students – allowing the student to fulfil his/her potential and get the best examination grades possible.

The IB Diploma is recognized as evidence of ability by academic institutions and employers worldwide, and in many cases University entrance examinations are waived and sometimes credits for first-year University courses are given, eg. in the USA, to students who have passed these examinations.

IB Hexagon

The IB Diploma requires the student to study 6 subjects from the languages, humanities, sciences and mathematics with the possibility of Art subjects. Additionally there are activities which are Creativity, Action, Service (CAS); Theory of Knowledge (TOK); and Extended Essay (EE), which provide additional challenges and experiences which are not found in other courses. CAS involves outreach into the community and allows the students to think and empathise with their actions and interactions with other people. TOK involves developing a questioning attitude towards all forms of knowledge. The Extended Essay provides an introduction to deeper study of an issue.

The IB encourages the development of skills and techniques of manipulating knowledge, rather than rote learning. This means for example that in the sciences a great deal of practical work is done and concepts are taught to be understood and used rather than simply memorised.

If a student does not gain the IB Diploma then I.B. Certificates are awarded in all subjects taken. Please note that we have many students who have gained places at University with Certificates only, although obviously the Diploma gives more choice of University and country, gives a valued qualification for life, and for future employers.

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