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Southbank International School Westminster

Address: 17 Conway St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 6BN, United Kingdom
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Description Southbank International School Westminster

  • Location: London, UK
  • Founded: 1979
  • Age of students: 11-18 years
  • Type of study: joint (mixed)
  • Language of instruction: English.

Southbank International Westminster is a private day school for students from 11 to 19 years old: it offers the International Baccalaureate Middle Years, Diploma Program. The Westminster campus is located on three impressive venues in central London (Portland Place, Conway Street, Cleveland Street), which are a five-minute walk from each other. Southbank International is part of the Cognita educational group, which unites about 70 schools in Europe, Latin America, Asia with a common goal: building confidence, empowering young people to succeed.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Southbank International School Westminster

Program name
from 9 700 £ / term

Middle Years Program (MYP) - 11-16 years old

Middle Years Program (MYP) provides the education needed for students aged 11-16. Through careful study of eight traditional subject areas, six global contexts, participation in extracurricular activities and community service, it helps students:

  • Be able to ask difficult questions
  • Learn to learn
  • To form a sense of personal identity, culture
  • To develop the ability to communicate, understand people from other countries, cultures.

MYP is based on the knowledge, skills, relationships acquired during the initial years of study program, which prepares students for the academic tasks of the Diploma Program.

from 10 560 £ / term

Diploma Program (DP)

The Diploma Program (DP) is a complex two-year course for students aged 16-19, which is the gold standard of international education.

The purpose of the course is to provide students with all the necessary skills and qualities for studying at the best universities in the world, realizing their personal, academic potential. High academic results are achieved with the help of a comprehensive fascinating curriculum aimed at expanding knowledge, developing critical thinking skills, creativity, and individual characteristics.

Each student takes part in organized activities for creativity, sports and social activities. The CAS program allows you to balance the learning process, helps students learn about life outside of school, and develops skills that are useful in the future. Many CAS events help students achieve their university, career aspirations.

DP curriculum includes:

  • Six courses in six subject areas: three at a higher level (HL), three at a standard level (SL)
  • Creativity, Sport, Care (CAS)
  • Critical Thinking Course “Knowledge Theory” (ToK)
  • Extended essay (about 4000 words).

Accommodation, housing and food

Southbank International offers children full-time education only. The campuses on Cleveland Street, Conway Street, Portland Place Hotel do not have their own catering facilities, but students can bring their own packed lunch, and they can go to numerous eateries nearby.

Events Southbank International School Westminster

A comprehensive program of extracurricular activities for MYP students:

  • The acting club offers students the opportunity to participate in drama classes, events, rehearsals for school performances, musicals.
  • Creative writing club: students work independently of each other, creating poems, stories, participating in media events.
  • The Global Challenges Club brings together students from international schools to discuss key issues that currently affect the world and find potential solutions.
  • The London Society of Researchers invites young people to explore famous sights, little-known places of interest in the capital.
  • Additional math groups that can help talented young mathematicians prepare for the olympiads.
  • Students engage in various sports at competitive and non-competitive levels. As a member of the International School Sports Association (ISSA), Southbank regularly competes with other schools in friendly matches and tournaments.
  • The school offers DP students a wide range of activities to stand out from the crowd when applying for a place at a college or university.
  • The Drama Club offers students to listen to and rehearse school performances, write and direct their own works, and help with lighting and sound.
  • UN Model (MUN) - students study, discuss, and try to solve some of the most pressing global problems. Southbank usually attends two MUN conferences each year in Paris, The Hague.
  • Musical activities - from playing in a rock band to singing in a choir, playing instrumental solos: DP students choose from a wide range of musical events.
  • Newspaper Club: participants write, edit, learn to publish the school newspaper Southbank The Coffee Stain, developing journalism and graphic design skills.
  • Robotics Club: young people develop models of robots, take part in international competitions.
  • “Academic Decathlon USA” - students are preparing for 10 academic competitions, developing new skills and preparing students for university entrance.
  • Club Yearbook - Club members help to collect photographs and articles that serve as an account of everyday life and memorable events of the past year.


  • As the leading school of International Baccalaureate in London, the institution attracts qualified teachers who encourage a global perspective and educational research.
  • Southbank International Westminster offers English as an Additional Language (EAL) lessons for students who need some support to speak and write.
  • English is the language of instruction of the Diploma Program, but students learn more than 20 other languages: Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Malay, Portuguese, Japanese, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish.
  • MYP classes usually include up to 20 students: the small class size optimizes teaching and learning experience, encourages students to speak more confidently and freely, to collaborate more. The size of DP classes is from 5 to 16 students, which provides an individual approach.
  • The school is proud of the results of the IB Diploma Program graduates who have helped Southbank students get offers from the most prestigious universities in the world. The average score in 2020 is 36.2 (the world average is 29).

Equipment Southbank International School Westminster

The Portland Place Campus (for students aged 11-16) is a historic building located near Oxford Street and Regent's Park, famous London attractions: the London Palladium Theater, Madame Tussauds. The new Cleveland Street campus is a state-of-the-art learning environment located right next to Great Portland Street Underground Station. Opened in September 2018, the campus was created with the participation of students and teachers.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

Additional expenses:

  • Registration fee (non-refundable) - £ 250
  • Refundable deposit (one-time payment) - 2000 £
  • Standard Math Calculator (MYP & DP Students Only) - £ 110
  • Travel by bus (Westminster) - 840 £.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

The selection committee is based on the results of studies, reports, recommendations, compatibility with the Middle Years Program or the Diploma Program.

Scholarships Southbank International School Westminster

The Milton Toubkin Diploma Program Scholarship, named after Milton Tubkin, one of the founders of Southbank, allows gifted students the opportunity to earn an international undergraduate diploma from Southbank International School.

The scholarship is a two-year award, which depends on sustainable academic performance and student progress. It is awarded in the 11th grade and paid until the end of the 12th grade, when the student completes his studies. The scholarship award covers up to 100% of the cost of studying at the school, designed for new students.

All applications must be filled out through OpenApply.

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Recommendations on when to apply

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- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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