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CurriculumIB
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 15 students / class
Maximum 18 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: £18,225
to: £32,160
This school has more than one campus in London:
Southbank Westminster: Ages 11 to 18

Address: 63-65 Portland Place, London, W1B 1QR, UK

Southbank Hampstead: Ages 3 to 11

Address: 16 Netherhall Gardens, London, NW3 5TH, UK

Southbank Kensington: Ages 3 to 11

Address: 36-38 Kensington Park Road, London, W11 3BU, UK

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Number of students

880

Number of nationalities represented in the school

70

Most common nationality

USA

Ratio of local students to international students

10:100

Max. number of students per class

Maximum 16 in PYP. In MYP/DP advisory groups we have around 14-15 students max per group (5 advisory groups per grade) and then for teaching subjects we have 17-18 max for MYP (there are 4 teaching groups per grade). For DP 16 is the max for teaching groups

Average number of students per class

15

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English speaking teachers

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in English

English as an additional language

Additional language classes offered by the school

20 other languages at Diploma level. Middle Years students can study French and Spanish, as well as maintain and develop their native language. Primary school children learn Spanish as a part of their curriculum.

Use of technology in the classroom

- An IT lab featuring high-performance Mac
- Interactive smartboards feature in all classrooms
- 1:1 device programme with all students given their own mac airbook/iPad depending on their age

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

Yes, we have an extensive remote learning programme ready for in times of emergencies. More info about this can be found here https://www.southbank.org/remote-learning-at-southbank/

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Approximate hours of homework given

For PYP, the school has agreed averages for the amount of homework set each night:
Kindergarten up to 15 minutes per night - typically reading
Grade 1 up to 15 minutes per night
Grade 2 up to 30 minutes per night
Grade 3 up to 30 minutes per night
Grade 4 up to 35 minutes per night
Grade 5 up to 45 minutes per night
Generally, homework will not be set over the weekend but occasionally families may request to hand it in on Monday. Grade 1 to Grade 4 mostly give out homework on a Monday for completion by Friday/the following Monday. Grade 5 give out most homework nightly as required in preparation for expectations in Middle School.

For MYP/DP it’s slowly built over over the MYP so that when they reach DP they should be doing around 3 hours of independent study/homework every night.

Uniform required

No

Waiting list

Yes

Entry evaluation for students

No

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

100%

External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma

Results in these examinations

36.6 average score in 2020

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes

Learning support offered

Specialised staff offer support

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

All of our students are given relevant support based on their individual abilities/needs.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes

School start time

8:40

School finish time

Hampstead and Kensington Campus: 15:20
Westminster: 16:10

Supervised care before/after school

Yes

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Ballet, chess, choir, cookery, drama, fencing, football, gymnastics, Lego, mini tennis, paint and wear, rock climbing, textile art, science club, ukulele, volunteering club, actors club, creative writers, sport, drama, model UN, music, newspaper club, robotics, yearbook

School provided lunches

Yes

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Yes

Sports activities included

Football, basketball, cross country, running, handball, athletics, swimming, volleyball and dance

Sports facilities at the school

Kensington Campus:
- Students have access to a garden featuring a climbing frame, sandpit and wide range of educational toys and equipment.
- A dedicated sports centre, which is a 15-minute bus ride away. It features a large sports hall, climbing wall and dance studio.

Hampstead Campus:
- Early Childhood students (aged 3 to 5) have access to a dedicated play space featuring a climbing frame and sandpit.
- A dedicated sports centre, which is a 15-minute bus ride away. The centre features a large sports hall, climbing wall and dance studio.

Westminster Campus:
- Students have access to a wide range of sports facilities and venues in London. These include the large green spaces of Regent’s Park and a sports centre in Kilburn, purchased and refurbished by Southbank in 2012 (bus transport provided).

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Southbank International School is a leading International Baccalaureate school for 3 - 18 year olds with campuses in Westminster, Kensington and Hampstead.

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