Southbank International School Hampstead
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2 - 11
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16 Netherhall Gardens
+44 (0) 20 3890 1969

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School Description

Southbank International School has three main campuses in the heart of London. These can be found in Kensington, Hampstead and Westminster. Children aged between 2 and 11 will attend one of the Primary Years Programme campuses, in either Kensington or Hampstead. Our Hampstead campus serves the age range 2 to 11 as an international primary school and has children from almost 40 different nationalities. It is noted for its friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Hampstead students take the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) and transfer to the Westminster campus at age 11. The PYP age groups are equivalent to pre-school, kindergarten, elementary school, junior school or preparatory school in other education systems. 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. 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 also offered from Kindergarten upwards. As a leading International Baccalaureate School in London, Southbank attracts very-well qualified and internationally experienced teachers. Admission is based on previous school performance, reports and good references, as well as consideration of the compatibility of the student’s profile for the academic and social aspects of the Primary Years Programme.

Southbank International School Hampstead Parent Reviews

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“Highly Recommend”

Kindergarten parent: The staff at Southbank Hampstead are extremely invested in each child's development. It has a strong, supportive community.
“Happy and inquisitive pupils”

My children have developed into really happy, inquisitive, hard-working kids, and I really do believe that’s a result of the education they have had at Southbank – Jacqui, parent of two Southbank students.
“Brilliant boost for my children's self-esteem”

Southbank is totally different from what I expected. The teachers are encouraging children all day long to be themselves, to have self-esteem – to speak out loud, to be nice to others and to take action. When children hear this outside their home, they think it’s right; they believe it. Patricia, parent of Southbank students
“Fantastic teamwork”

The teamwork between the teachers and students makes for a fantastic experience for the student and their family. Highly recommended.
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News, Photos and Open Days from Southbank International School Hampstead

Last update: 01 August 2023


To discover everything Southbank has to offer, we regularly host information mornings throughout the academic year. This is the best way to get a feel for what makes Southbank so special. 

Our information mornings give you and your child an opportunity to meet and hear from the Principal, view our excellent facilities, talk to current students and teachers, find out more about the International Baccalaureate and ask any questions you have about the school and our admissions process.

We also offer personal tours led by our Admissions Managers. To book, please  contact us on +44 (0)20 3890 1969 

Virtual Tours of all our campuses are also available to gain an initial insight into what to expect when you arrive.  View virtual tour:

We look forward to welcoming you to  Southbank International School.

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As part of our IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), we offer our Early Childhood curriculum for children aged 2-5 years.

Through inquiry-based learning and play, it aims to engage and stimulate young students and nurture their academic, personal and social development.

We encourage our Early Childhood students to explore, investigate and play through activities chosen by them and activities initiated by an adult. To support learning through play, our classroom environments are set up so students can move freely around clearly defined areas for reading, writing, art, construction, imaginative play, science and mathematics. These are situated both indoors and outdoors.

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Students are encouraged to become: inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers, and to be knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded, balanced and reflective. They develop these attributes within the classroom, during Town Meetings (assemblies), in the playground, and while participating in Southbank’s many extracurricular activities.


The PYP is all about inquiry: the process through which a learner moves from his or her current level of understanding to a new and deeper level. Our students will be:

- Exploring, wondering and questioning

- Collecting data and reporting findings

- Taking and defending a position

- Using critical thinking skills to understand a concept

- Making and testing theories

- Experimenting and playing with possibilities

- Solving problems in a variety of ways


By using inquiry-based learning, the PYP engages and challenges students who have many diverse perspectives, values, cultural backgrounds, and languages. Southbank is committed to a developmental approach. This means that students may progress through the programme at different rates.

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