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TOP-50 prestigious British schools in England where foreign students can study International Baccalaureate (IB) programme

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Nowadays, foreign students prefer taking different studying programs and courses abroad. SMAPSE offers 50 best schools in England where international students can study advanced IB programs. Due to the list of TOP-50 prestigious British schools, you will definitely find the most appropriate option. Please, don't hesitate to contact SMAPSE experts, as they are always ready to answer all your questions. 

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Advantages of studying International Baccalaureate in the UK

International Baccalaureate programs in the UK appeared in 1971. Courses are aimed at children 3-19 years old. Many private boarding schools in Britain offer best studying conditions that provide intellectual and personal development.

Since the 1960s, the program has not stopped improving and introducing progressive ideas, which is especially important in a modern society.

Program development:

1971 year

2016

681 certified specialists

161.104 certified teachers

749 students

1.250.000 students

7 schools

4.538 schools worldwide

Gradually, traditional ideas about education were shifted by new knowledge, taking into account the peculiarities of psychology, gender and taking into account the challenges of modern society:

Traditional pedagogy

Progressive philosophy

Emphasis on memorization, encyclopedic knowledge

Focus on the ability to critically analyze

Standard program for everyone

Individual educational plan

Closed disciplines

Interdisciplinary principle

IQ tests

Wide range of knowledge assessment tools

The teacher is an active participant in the learning process

Students are active participants in the learning process

Focus on studying of disciplines

Versatile education and personal development

Closed classes

Open classes

National perspective

Studying phenomena in an international context

International Baccalaureate in England for foreign students

International Baccalaureate includes the following 4 courses:

  • Primary Years Program - the first program for children 3-12 years old. It creates studying conditions that make students active participants in education, so an educational journey that has no borders. Children learn to take responsibility and analyze their activities, all education takes place in a practical context. This course is available in 109 countries, while in each country it is adapted to national educational standards. The program has existed since 1997 and has established itself as a quality educational alternative to national educational standards with in-depth study and international emphasis.
  • The Middle Years Program is a 5-year program that provides excellent academic preparation for high school. The course is aimed at students 11-16 years old. The curriculum includes 8 subject areas providing a broad and balanced education. Students with any interests and goals will be able to greatly benefit from the program, choose disciplines from a wide list for more in-depth study. Middle Years Program was introduced in 1994. Students will be able to discover the connection between theoretical areas of knowledge and the world around them through practical-oriented learning.
  • The Diploma Program (DP) is aimed at schoolchildren aged 16-19 and is aimed at developing diverse students with excellent training in the intellectual, emotional, ethical and physical fields. The course was developed in 1968. This direction is widely recognized throughout the world and has great authority, therefore it will be an excellent pre-university preparation. The plan consists of six areas of knowledge - the theory of knowledge, creativity, practice and service.
  • The Career-related Program (CP) is aimed at students aged 16-19 who are aimed at entering universities abroad or employment. Using the program, students will be able to deepen their knowledge of priority disciplines and master valuable practical skills.

List of disciplines

Course name

Subject Areas and Disciplines

Middle Years Program

Art

Design

Personality and Society

Interdisciplinary study

Language acquisition

Literature

Maths

Personal project

Physical education

Science

Diploma Program

Maths

Art:

Dancing

Movie

Music

Theater

Fine Arts

Science:

Biology

Chemistry

Programming

Design and Technology

Environmental sciences
Physics

Sports and Health Sciences

Person and society:

Business management

Economy

Geography

Foreign policy

Story

Information Technology

Philosophy

Psychology

Social and Cultural Anthropology

Religion

Languages and Literature

Mastering the language: classic and modern languages

IB in England for foreign students: private boarding schools

Since International Baccalaureate in the UK not the only program known worldwide for its quality, many parents have to make a choice between the national A-Level program and its international counterpart IB.

The A-Level course involves studying of 3-4 subjects from the scientific field or the humanities. IB students study 6 subject areas, which should include both scientific and humanitarian areas, as well as three additional elements: cognition theory, sports, volunteer and creative activities.

According to experts, for students aimed at studying mathematics and science, it is better not to find the A-Level. On the other hand, the International Baccalaureate program will allow you to learn to think critically and better understand the essence of subjects. According to statistics, IB international undergraduate students are more likely to enter the TOP-20 universities in the world, generally receive a bachelor's degree and continue their studies at postgraduate programs.

 

Facts about IB in Britain

103

Number of schools with an IB program in Britain

10

Schools offer Primary Years Program

14

So many educational institutions are invited to the Middle Years Program

99

Educational institutions with Diploma Program (DP)

42

Educational center with Career-related Program (CP)

172

Number of universities recognizing an IB diploma

General statistics on education in the UK-ratings, specializations, universities

IB rankings of small schools in England 2019

AVG. Points Name DAY/BOARD BOY/GIRL DAY GBP BOARD GBP Cohort size
36.7 Westbourne School Both Co-ed 14,010 35,850 11
36.5 Sherborne Girls Both Girls 21,975 37,050 17
34.1 Gresham's School Both Co-ed 27,000 37,890 16
32.1 International Community School Day Co-ed 27,540   14
31.0 Ellesmere College Both Co-ed 18,990 34,533 12
28.0 Buckswood School Both Co-ed 13,950 29,700 18

IB rankings of large schools in England 2018

AVG. Points Name DAY/BOARD BOY/GIRL DAY GBP BOARD GBP Cohort size
40.2 Wellington College Both Co-ed 30,375 41,580 96
39.4 Sevenoaks School Both Co-ed 27,585 42,084 224
38.6 Whitgift School Both Boys 20,640 40,140 40
38.0 Ardingly College Both Co-ed 23,985 37,800 45
37.5 Bromsgrove School Both Co-ed 17,085 38,220 45
37.4 Headington School Both Girls 19,905 40,185 36
37.0 Fettes College Both Co-ed 29,925 36,495 40
36.9 Marymount International School Both Girls 24,985 42,305 36
36.5 St Clare's Both Co-ed 19,878 41,375 102
36.2 Haileybury Both Co-ed 26,646 36,144 50
35.6 Stonyhurst College Both Co-ed 20,550 37,350  
35.4 Oakham School Both Co-ed 21,360 35,010 63
35.1 Brentwood School Both Co-ed 19,800 38,799 33
34.7 King Edward's Witley Both Co-ed 21,285 34,050 127
34.5 Worth School Both Co-ed 24,570 35,220 39
34.3 Bedford School Both Boys 19,842 33,558 28
34.1 Christ's Hospital Both Co-ed 23,310 35,850 28
33.9 Windermere School Both Co-ed 18,300 32,280 34
33.8 Felsted School Both Co-ed 24,495 37,485 29
33.6 Charterhouse School Both Co-ed 33,630 40,695 58
33.0 St Leonards School Both Co-ed 15,474 37,452 61
32.7 King William's College Both Co-ed 23,250 34,250 55
32.3 Taunton School Both Co-ed 20,070 37,380 24
32.2 Bryanston School Both Co-ed   39,693 24
32.0 ACS Hillingdon International School Day Co-ed 25,890   22
31.9 ACS Cobham International School Both Co-ed 27,650 47,870 78
31.0 Box Hill School Both Co-ed 20,220 36,450 24
31.0 Rossall School Both Co-ed 13,740 35,085 20
31.0 Scarborough College Both Co-ed 15,282 30,165 20

Secondary education in the UK

World Ranking 1
Foreign students 20%
Minimum age 4 years+ (age 11-14)
Tuition language English
Minimum English level beginner&higher (depends on the school)
Tuition cost £17,000-50,000
Cost of living (year) £10,000-25,000
Mandatory subjects English, Mathematics, Science

Learning programs-summary information

Name Meaning Equivalent Min. age Duration, 
years
Next stage Cost
GCSE General certificate of secondary education secondary education (non-accomplished) 14 1–2 A-Levels 15,000 USD+
A-Levels Advanced level secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 15,000 USD+
BTEC Business and Technology Education Board secondary special education 14 2–3 University/ work 15,000 USD+
Oxbridge Preparation Preparing for Oxford and Cambridge secondary education (accomplished) 17 1 University 15,000 USD+
International Baccalaureate International baccalaureate secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 18,000 USD+
Foundation/ Pathway Year Preparatory year admission to the 1st year of university 17 1 University 14,000 USD+
NCUK The Northern consortium 2 year university 17,5 1 2 year University of NCUK 13,000 USD+
Special Preparation (Medics/Math/Business) Specialized training - 14 optional optional 4,000 USD+
Academic English Academic English Language school 8 + 6–12 months School or University 8,000 USD+

Advantages and disadvantages of English schools

Advantages Disadvantages
The opportunity to enter the best universities in England, USA, Canada, Switzerland, Europe, the world Expensive
High quality of education and academic standards Strong workload
Perfect English after graduation The need to change the social environment; it takes time to adapt
Useful contacts The difficulty of choosing the most suitable school for the child, requires a qualified specialist

Top 21 best boarding colleges in England 2021

Top 35 best schools in the USA - 2020 Smapse rankings

1      North Broward Preparatory School
2 Phillips Academy Andover
3 The Storm King School New York
4 Red Bank Catholic High School
5 Windermere Preparatory School
6 Shattuck St Mary's School
7 Cheshire Academy
8 Cate School
9 Ross School
10 Deerfield Academy
11 The Village School
12 Amerigo Los Angeles – Bishop Montgomery High School
13 Webb Schools
14 Kent School USA
15 The Winchendon School
16 Darlington School
17 Marian Catholic High School Amerigo Education
18 Grier School
19 The MacDuffie School
20 CATS Academy Boston
21 The Cambridge School of Weston
22 Milton Academy
23 Amerigo Education Napa Valley
24 American Hebrew Academy
25 Northfield Mount Hermon School
26

Mater Dei Catholic High School San Diego Amerigo Education

27

American University Preparatory School Los Angeles

28 Webb Schools
29 Kent School USA
30 Groton School
31 Maine Central Institute
32 The Lawrenceville School
33 Grand River Academy Оhio
34 Saint John Paul II Academy
35 Chicago North Shore

Top 14 best schools in Switzerland 2021

Top 12 best schools in Canada 2021

A-level rankings 2018

A/A* % Name Day/Board Boy/Girl Day GBP Board GBP
1 88.92 Westminster School Both Co-ed (Boys Only 7-16) 29,709 39,252
2 88.68 Cardiff Sixth Form College Both Co-ed 16,600 42,750
3 84.73 St Paul's School Both Boys 25,032 37,611
4 84.30 Wycombe Abbey School Boarding Girls 29,205 38,940
5 83.54 Oxford International College Both Co-ed 21,000 42,000
6 83.06 Brighton College Both Co-ed 24,420 44,460
7 81.43 Concord College Both Co-ed 14,280 39,900
8 80.12 Eton College Boarding Boys   40,668
9 76.17 Highgate School Day Co-ed 20,970  
10 71.79 St Mary's School - Ascot Both Girls 27,630 38,790
11 71.25 Ruthin School Both Co-ed 14,000 34,500
12 70.39 University College School Day Boys (Co-ed 6th form) 20,328  
13 68.74 Hampton School Day Boys 20,055  
14 68.48 Tonbridge School Both Boys 30,342 40,446
15 66.78 Downe House School Both Girls 27,495 37,530
16 66.55 St Catherine's School - Guildford Both Girls 18,375 30,285
17 65.00 Harrow School Boarding Boys   40,050
18 64.11 Oundle School Both Co-ed 23,505 36,690
19 62.62 Dulwich College Both Boys 20,448 42,681
20 62.21 Abingdon School Both Boys 19,950 39,750
21 62.00 Benenden School Boarding Girls   37,950
22 61.74 Marlborough College Both Co-ed   37,815
23 61.15 Woldingham School Both Girls 23,190 38,040
24       60.87 Rugby School Both Co-ed 22,437 35,760
25 60.68 Radley College Boarding Boys   38,325
26 60.00 Wellington College Both Co-ed 30,375 41,580
27 59.68 Mayfield School Both Girls 21,000 33,900
28 59.06 Caterham School Both Co-ed 18,900 36,570
29 58.33 Hurtwood House Both Co-ed 28,950 43,428
30 58.22 Epsom College Both Co-ed 25,266 37,263

Best boarding schools in England - 2021 Smapse rankings

1 Cardiff Sixth Form College
2 Sevenoaks School
3 Queen Ethelburga's College
4 Brighton College
5

The National Mathematics and Science College NMSC

6 Concord College
7 Westbourne School
8 Wellington College
9 Rossall School
10 d'Overbroeck's College
11 Dulwich College
12 Fettes College
13 Stonar School
14 Wycliffe College
15 Lucton School
16 King's School Canterbury
17 ACS School Cobham
18 Hurtwood House
19 Uppingham School
20 Scarborough College
21 King's College St Michael’s
22 Mill Hill School
23 Windermere School
24 Clifton College
25 Badminton School
26 Oakham School
27 Oundle School
28 Stowe School
29 Cheltenham College
30 Bromsgrove School
31 Sidcot School
32 Prior Park College
33 Millfield School
34 Oswestry School
35 Caterham School
36 City of London Freemen’s School
37 Buckswood School
38 Brooke House College
39 Taunton School
40                   St Clare's Oxford
41 Repton School
42 Royal Russell School
43 King's Ely
44 Leys Cambridge
45 Leighton Park
46 Bedford School
47 Fyling Hall
48 Royal Hospital School

Rankings of British colleges 2018

A/A* % Name Day/Board Boy/Girl Day GBP Board GBP
1 88.68 Cardiff Sixth Form College Both Co-ed 16,600 42,750
2 83.54 Oxford International College Both Co-ed 21,000 42,000
3 81.43 Concord College Both Co-ed 14,280 39,900
4 58.33 Hurtwood House Both Co-ed 28,950 43,428
5 54.17 Bellerbys College Cambridge Both Co-ed 27,060 38,940
6 53.71 Abbey College Cambridge Both Co-ed 29,000  
7 53.37 d'Overbroeck's Oxford Both Co-ed 23,850 38,700
8 47.21 Cambridge Tutors College Both Co-ed 15,900 39,990
9 44.09 CATS College Canterbury Both Co-ed 26,490 41,775
10 42.55 Bosworth Independent College Both Co-ed 12,600 30,300
11 39.29 CATS College Cambridge Both Co-ed 24,990 44,775
12 32.94 Mander Portman Woodward - Cambridge Day Co-ed 28,305  
13 31.01 Bellerbys College Brighton Both Co-ed 27,060 43,704
14    30.53 Abbey College Manchester Both Co-ed 12,750  
15 30.50 Chelsea Independent College Both Co-ed 24,000 48,000
16 29.75 Cambridge Centre For Sixth Form Studies Both Co-ed 21,000 48,000
17 28.65 Rochester Independent College Both Co-ed 18,000 36,900
18 24.86 CATS College London Both Co-ed 24,990 49,980
19 24.83 DLD College London Both Co-ed 23,000 50,500
20 20.93 Ealing Independent College Day Co-ed 16,050  
21 16.39 Padworth College Both Co-ed    
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