Welcome to IBSCA

Welcome to the IBSCA website. IBSCA is the International Baccalaureate Schools and Colleges Association of the UK and Ireland. Membership is open to all UK and Ireland schools and colleges which are recognised as IB World Schools. IBSCA works throughout the UK and Ireland to:

  • Support IB world schools
  • Advise candidate schools on authorization matters
  • Liaise with Higher Education on IB
  • Provide professional development opportunities

Associations of IB World Schools


IBSCA itself is one of the Associations of IB world schools. Information about the other World School Associations can be found on the IBO website.

Cobham Hall

A leading international boarding and day school for girls aged 11 to 18, ideally located in a historic country estate in Kent, very close to London.

As an IB World School, and a member of Round Square, we believe that education for today's young people should be exciting and challenging, designed to produce thoughtful and well-informed citizens.

The Sixth Form at Cobham Hall provides an academically challenging environment in a truly inspirational setting. We are a global community, with students from all continents studying in these beautiful, safe and traditionally English surroundings.

Cobham Hall became an IB World School in February 2009 and the IB Diploma is now well established with excellent results. In 2011, the average points attained per student was 34, with the highest student awarded 41 points. The average grade per student, per diploma course is 5.49. Thirty percent of our students were awarded a Bilingual Diploma.

IBSCA offers

Support for IB Schools

IBSCA provides support for IB schools in a variety of ways. Firstly it provides a network through which schools following IB programmes can liaise with one another in order to share best practice. Conferences, workshops, area network meetings as well as informal contact  all contribute towards making IBSCA a rich source of advice and support for its member schools.

Authorisation advice

Schools considering seeking authorisation to run one of the IB programmes are able to obtain advice and support from the IBSCA network. This may be informal support by email or telephone or it may involve attendance at one of the local or national conferences. In the first instance, schools considering authorisation can consult the relevant parts of the IB website.

Liaison with Higher Education

The post of UK Development and Recognition Manager is currently held by Peter Fidzcuk. This full-time post is jointly funded by the IB and IBSCA.

The UK Development and Recognition Manager provides a vital link between ISBCA, the IB and the UK universities. The manager maintains the Universities section on this website and can be contacted by IBSCA members with questions, queries and worries about university recognition, admissions and requirements.

The universities section of this website lists a significant number of frequently asked questions ...and answers!

Professional development opportunities

IBSCA organises five strands of Professional Development:

1. IB Teacher Workshops. These are fully authorised by the IB and include workshops for DP, MYP and PYP teachers. Details on each can be found in the Events section under Teacher Workshops. These are available for member schools and for non-members.

2. National Conferences. Typically there are two of these per year - one in the autumn; the other in the spring. Occasionally, a third conference is organised in the summer. Information on the Conferences can be found under National Events. They are open for member schools and non-members.

3. Professional Development Seminars. Several of these are arranged each year - typically in the spring. They are one-day training opportunities for experienced IB teachers in member schools only. Details are shown in National Events.

4. Area Network Meetings. Around one hundred of these are arranged each year by the various Area Networks (local clusters of IB schools). They are for IBSCA members only.

5. Other events. Various other events on specific topics (Introducing the MYP; Marketing your school; etc.) are arranged as needed.

Find an IB School

Featured schools

Oakham School

Oakham is a boarding and day school for girls and boys aged 10-18. One of the UK’s leading IB Schools, Oakham students achieve consistently high results. Our strength lies in challenging every individual to exceed his or her expectations through encouragement, pastoral support and a diversity of opportunity.  

St Clare's, Oxford

Founded in 1953, St. Clare’s has a worldwide reputation for offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma and preparatory Pre-IB course to the highest standards. 

City and Islington 6th Form

City and Islington Sixth Form College has over 25 years of success and an outstanding record of achievement.

King Edward's School, Birmingham

King Edward's School, Birmingham was founded in 1552 by Edward VI.