Southbank International School Westminster
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This school has 4 parent reviews

• 63-65 Portland Place, W1B 1QR
• 17 Conway St, W1T 6BN
• 377-381 Euston Road, NW1 3AU
020 7631 2600
11 - 18
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Co-educational nursery

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School Description

Southbank International School has three main campuses in the heart of London. These can be found in Kensington (3-11), Hampstead (3-11) and Westminster (11-19 years). Our Westminster campus includes two separate and impressive buildings near Regents Park focusing on the Middle Years and Diploma Programmes. 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. Southbank was the first UK school to offer the International Baccalaureate curriculum to students of all ages. In the MYP (11-16 years) at Westminster, French and Design Technology are added to the core subjects begun in the Primary School. The MYP links traditional subject areas to one another through a holistic framework. The emphasis is on skills development and students are prepared for the IB Diploma Programme (16-18/19 years). Our campus on Portland Place is conveniently located in central London near Regent’s Park with good transportation nearby. Facilities include five science labs, a computer lab, a hall/theatre, art and music rooms, and two libraries served by networked computers. The door-to-door bus service covers a wide area of central and north London. Our campus on Conway Street is set in a modernised building near Warren Street tube station. Facilities include a science lab, library resource centre, art studio, social space/hall and language suite across four stories. Southbank also have two dedicated university counsellors (one specialising in North American universities and one specialising in the UK). Both counsellors are available for individual appointments and events are organised to inform parents about university planning. There are no in-house catering facilities at Westminster. Students can bring their own packed lunch and morning snack or may opt to go to one of the many eateries in the immediate vicinity and within the designated area boundary. Students must have off-campus permission from their parents via the online Student Information Form (SIF). English is the language of instruction, but students may also study their native language: currently 17 languages are offered as first or second languages. English as an Additional Language (EAL) is also offered throughout the school. Southbank attracts well-qualified and internationally experienced teachers. Admission is based on previous school records and satisfactory references, as well as suitability of the candidate for the curriculum offered. All students progress to universities in the UK, and around the world. Westminster Fees Per Term (2019/20): Grades 6 – 10 (MYP) (11 – 16 years old) £9,700 Grades 11 and 12 (DP) (16 – 18 years old )£10,560
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Southbank International School Westminster 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 two Southbank students
“Fantastic teamwork”
The teamwork between the teachers and students makes for a fantastic experience for the student and their family. Highly recommended.
“Students develop at their own pace”
Southbank is a school that allows the student to develop at their own pace. And there’s a lot of support to ensure that the student does reach his or her full potential. It’s not a hothouse school, yet the children do really well, and that’s a good reflection on the school. For parents who are looking for a school where their child is going to be happy, and challenged, and have this incredibly broad education that the IB gives, Southbank is a really good choice.
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News & events from Southbank International School Westminster

Last update: 24 May 2021


"The principal, supported by governors and senior staff, has secured excellent teaching, learning and assessment that enables pupils to achieve extremely well. Pupils make rapid progress and reach standards that are above world averages for the International Baccalaureate (IB).

Teaching is outstanding. Teachers have high expectations and excellent subject knowledge. They enable pupils of all abilities to make rapid progress.

Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a strength of the school. Pupils’ attitudes to learning are extremely positive. They are polite, mature and respectful in their behaviour."

OFSTED inspection report 2017

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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

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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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It was an exciting start of the academic year with the formal opening of our new Cleveland Street campus for our Westminster students last week.

Founding Principal Milton Toubkin was invited to officially open the site, and he shared his memories of the start of the school 39 years ago and took guests on a historical walk through Southbank’s evolution. It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the school’s beginnings and marvel at the strength of vision and ethos which, whilst adapting as the school has grown, still underpins Southbank today.

We are already looking forward to our 40th birthday next year.  What a way to celebrate our 39th year with such an impressive new building, designed with the creative input from our Southbank community of staff and students.  IB diploma students eloquently led visitor tours of the building and their pride in the design was evident.  It’s been a great start to the year!

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Southbank International offers two outsstanding settings for children aged 3-11 years in Westminster and Hampstead. 

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.

Our Primary Years Programme (5-11) >>
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 Westminster 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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