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.

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.

Founded as a Charitable Hospital in 1741 it was the legacy of merchant and financier George Watson. Today, the George Watson's Family Foundation continues this legacy, raising funds for bursary support enabling children from more disadvantaged backgrounds to attend Watson’s.

It is a close-knit community, characterised by a warmth often associated with smaller schools. However the school unashamedly exploits the advantage of size to the full – and there is no doubt that the range of opportunities available to the pupils is exceptional.

Watson's became an IB World School in November 2010 making it the first Scottish independent school to offer IB and SQA options to their pupils entering S5. This complemented the unrivalled choice of SQA qualifications and extra-curricular activities that the School offers.

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

King Edward's School, Birmingham

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

Tonbridge Grammar School

Tonbridge Grammar School has been an IB World School since April 2004. It offers the IB Diploma Programme. The school is state funded. The head of the school is R Joyce.

David Young Community Academy

Our Academy opened in September 2006 and serves the area of East Leeds; we are part of the government’s Academies programme. Our building is a state of the art twenty-first century Academy with students and staff working in an ICT rich environment

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.