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.

The Red Maids' School

The Red Maids’ School is a relative newcomer to the IB Diploma but forged a place in the top ten nationally based on its first two years of results.

Founded in 1634, Red Maids’ is the oldest girls’ school in the country and the only independent school in Bristol to offer the choice of studying either A Levels or the IB Diploma. The Diploma undoubtedly acts as a magnet for students and parents, attracting girls already within the school but also those from neighbouring independent and maintained schools.

Twelve acres of beautiful grounds surround the purpose-built Sixth Form Centre which opened in 2011 and was designed with a university campus in mind. The students – around 120 in total – work, eat and relax in the self-contained space. They remain however a vital part of the school community, holding positions of leadership that develop broader skills, and acting as role models for younger students.

The IB Diploma was introduced at Red Maids’ in 2009-10 when its Headmistress, Isabel Tobias, recognised that the qualification provided a valuable alternative for a number of girls while still providing a first-class education and supporting entry to the best universities in the UK and overseas.

In 2012 Red Maids’ average IB Diploma score increased to 38 compared with an average world score at the time of 33, with 38% of the group achieving a score of 40 or more. The Diploma has opened doors for individual Red Maids to progress on to degree courses including medicine, history, modern languages and to achieve places overseas studying International Politics.

Both IB students and their A Level counterparts enjoy a stimulating academic environment and take part in a Sixth Form Enrichment Programme which is run jointly with a nearby independent boys’ school.

Dedicated pastoral support is provided to help sixth formers with any non-academic issues that may arise. The Head of Careers advises and supports the students in identifying university courses, volunteering opportunities and work experience.

The fees for a Red Maids’ education include the cost of text books, curricular trips and examination fees. Financial assistance is available for students joining the school in the Sixth Form.


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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.

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