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.

Sherfield School

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Set in beautiful, rural Hampshire, Sherfield is a co-educational day and boarding school for children aged from 3 months to 18 years, Sherfield offers a first class academic education within a forward thinking enriched curriculum. Excellence and enjoyment are at the heart of an education that encompasses academic study, cultural pursuits and pastoral care. The school aims to develop each of their pupils to the best of his or her ability and talents. We believe in setting high standards, self-discipline and meeting the needs of the individual and that pupils thrive on achieving personal satisfaction but also being part of a team.

We became an IB World School in 2010 and we welcome local students as well as students from overseas. We offer a good range of subjects in each of the group areas and many opportunities for CAS activities. Our students are taught in small groups.

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

Sherfield School

Set in beautiful, rural Hampshire, Sherfield is a co-educational day and boarding school for children aged from 3 months to 18 years,

Cheltenham Ladies' College

The Cheltenham Ladies’ College is an international community that draws girls from countries around the world.

Elthorne Park High School

We are a high performing school. Our results are some of the best in Ealing and well above what students are achieving nationally.

Gresham's School

Gresham's is a co-educational boarding school with a very proud tradition of educating children since 1555. Based in beautiful North Norfolk, our School offers a secure and happy environment in which to grow.