Southbank International School Hampstead
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information


This school has 3 parent reviews

16 Netherhall Gardens
+44 (0)20 7243 3803
3 - 11
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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 3 years 2 months and 11 will attend one of the Primary Years Programme campuses, in either Kensington or Hampstead. Our Hampstead campus serves the age range 3 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. Hampstead Fees Per Term 2019/20: Early Childhood EC3 (half day programme) (3 years 2 months old) £5,785 Early Childhood EC4 (4 years old) £8,015 Kindergarten - Grade 5 (PYP) (5 - 11 years old) £9,005
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Southbank International School Hampstead Reviews

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“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 & events from Southbank International School Hampstead

Last update: 24 May 2021


To help parents clearly understand everything Southbank can offer your child, we regularly host information mornings throughout the academic year.

These give you and your child a valuable opportunity to view our excellent facilities, chat to current students and teachers, and ask any questions you have about the school and our admissions process.

If you cannot attend any of our information mornings, we can also arrange an individual tour at a campus. Please see below.

Upcoming Open Mornings

Click here to book and for the latest information.


Individual Campus Tours

In view of the recent developments with the Covid-19, Southbank International School has made the decision to close to external visitors. For this reason, we will not be able to conduct the usual physical tour of the school we offer until further notice.   We are able to offer a google hangout video call or a telephone call instead with one of our Admission Managers. Our aim is to ensure that we provide you with as much information as possible given the circumstances and until we are able to resume tours of our campuses.

Please contact the Admissions Office on [email protected] to discuss availability. To avoid disappointment, please contact us at least 2 weeks ahead of your preferred date.

Virtual Tours 

We are very proud of our school and understand that not everyone will be able to visit before they join us.  We have produced virtual tours of all our campuses and we encourage you to explore these to gain an initial insight into what to expect when you arrive.  View virtual tour .

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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.

More about the Primary Years Programme (5-11) >>

Children at Southbank International School's Kansington and Hampstead campuses go on to study at our Westminster campus. 

Southbank Westminster offers the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the IB Diploma Programme (DP) with students ranging in age from 11 to 19 years old. It represents 61 nationalities. The IB Middle Years and Diploma Programme age groups are equivalent to middle, senior, upper or high school in other education systems.

Westminster Campus (11-18) >>
Meet the Head: Siobhan McGrath

Siobhan McGrath has taught for 23 years in New Zealand and London. She has taught every age from 5 to 18, and has been Executive Principle at Southbank and Principal of Kensington since September 2013. Her predominant school interests are in assessment, teacher training and CPD. 

Who/what inspired you to become a teacher?

I used to teach my teddy bears and dolls. I arranged them into an imaginary classroom and taught them how to read and write using a small blackboard and chalk.

What achievement are you most proud of as Head?

Always making sure that there is an excellent balance between focusing on teaching academic subjects and ensuring students are involved in the arts, sport, music, drama and other extra-curricular activities they enjoy.

What does a successful school look like to you?

Students are happy and learning.

What is the most important quality you want every child to have when they leave your school? And why?

That leavers are independent and able to follow their own interests and passions.

Please give 5 words to describe the ethos of your school.

Multinational, supportive, creative, open and responsible. 

Southbank International School Hampstead Catchment Area Map

This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.

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