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.

Westbourne School

Established in 1896, Westbourne has a reputation for academic excellence spanning over 100 years.  

Offering the options of home stay, boarding and day school, pupils and students at Westbourne have a wide range of options available to suit their preferred way of living.  

Teaching pupils and students aged 3-18, Westbourne School operates across two sites with the Junior School and combined Senior School and Sixth Form sites home to a total school roll of almost 200.

Every year, the top 30-50% of GCSE pupils gain between 10 and 15 A*-A grades. In 2007, Westbourne was ranked in the Top 5 in the UK by The Independent newspaper for GCSE results.

An IB World School since September 2008, Westbourne is proud of the success it has seen over the last three years at Diploma level. With small classes, individual mentors and a warm and friendly atmosphere, students are well-motivated to succeed.

Situated in the picturesque, quiet town of Penarth in the heart of South Wales, Westbourne is only a short distance from both the vibrant capital city of Cardiff and the bustling marinas of Cardiff and Penarth.

Committed to offering a balanced and exciting range of activities that enrich the experiences and academic studies of our students and pupils, Westbourne students develop as well-rounded individuals, who are active, happy, vibrant and confident.

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 University Liaison Officer is currently held by Julian Metcalf. This part-time post is jointly funded by the IB and IBSCA.

The University Liaison Officer provides a vital link between ISBCA, the IB and the UK universities. The ULO 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 list  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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Gresham's School

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City and Islington 6th Form

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