Southbank International School Kensington, London, UK


The Kensington campus of Southbank International School serves children aged 3 to 11. Students take the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) and transfer to the Westminster campus at age 11.

Southbank International School uses London as a classroom – taking full advantage of the cultural riches of the city. As part of each unit of inquiry, teachers look for opportunities to maximise learning in context, visiting cultural sites, galleries, museums, London parks and wildlife centres.

The Kensington campus has children from almost 40 different nationalities and is noted for its friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

English is the language of instruction, with Spanish as the school’s second language, taught from Kindergarten upwards. English as an Additional Language (EAL) is offered from Kindergarten upwards.

As a leading International Baccalaureate School in London, Southbank attracts very well-qualified and internationally experienced teachers.

“Southbank Kensington is successful at developing a caring community where students are happy and enjoy learning. The quality of education is good with a significant number of outstanding features. It enables students throughout the school to thrive and make progress personally as well as intellectually. The students say that they like their school and this view is reflected in comments received from parents. The curriculum provides them with a very wide range of opportunities to learn.”

School Inspection Service, May 2013

In 2015, the IB pass rate was 98%, with an average score of 36 points, compared to the world average of 29). 11 out of 59 students scored 40+ points (reached only by app 7% of IB graduates worldwide).

Every year, Southbank graduates are accepted by the best universities worldwide. Recent offers include Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford, King’s College London, Georgetown, Vassar, McGill and Wesleyan universities.


Siobhan McGrath

Siobhan McGrath joined Southbank in September 2013. She was born in New Zealand to Irish and English parents and is a passionate reader. She regularly lectures on teacher training and educational leadership courses at university and runs in-service insets for schools. Siobhan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and History (University of Canterbury), a Diploma of Teaching (Christchurch College of Education) and a Master’s in Educational Leadership (University of Buckingham).

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At a Glance

Ages Taught
3-11 yrs
International Baccalaureate
Type of School
International School
Main Language

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