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.

Cheltenham Ladies' College

The Cheltenham Ladies’ College is an international community that draws girls from countries around the world. This enables girls to learn about and appreciate their fellow students’ societies, communities, literature and values – a key component of the IB. Results are excellent; 85% achieve 38 points or more which ranks College in the top three IB schools in the UK. In 2011, one student secured 45 points, placing her in the highest 0.1% of IB students worldwide.

There are 860 students aged 11-18 at College, with 2⁄3 boarding and 1⁄3 day. College girls say that they feel well-known and cared for. The boarders regard their boarding houses as a home from home, and day girls are fully integrated into all activities. A sense of teamwork is fostered by the many house events and outings that take place each term. All girls join dedicated sixth form houses for the final two years – making this an excellent point to join College as a new student and an ideal stepping stone towards University life. Virtually every girl goes on to higher education to an impressive range of universities both in the UK and America and a large alumnae association of over 7500 former pupils keep in contact, offering work placements and careers advice.

The atmosphere at College is one of lively purposefulness. Beautiful architecture houses academic lessons that foster curiosity and an overall learning experience that is tailored to meet the needs of each individual student. Girls value the support, advice and encouragement that they receive from teachers and high standards are achieved. Life outside the classroom is full of diverse opportunities with more than 30 different sports on offer and over 80 different clubs and societies.

For further information about Open Days or to arrange a private visit, please contact the Registry Department:

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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.

Find an IB School

Featured schools

Anglo-European School

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

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.  

George Watson's College

George Watson's College is a fully integrated school, catering for over 2,300 girls and boys from Nursery through to Senior 6 on a single 50 acre campus just to the south of Edinburgh's City Centre.

Cheltenham Ladies' College

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