Southbank International School Westminster
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Post 16
11 - 18
Other independent school

How Does The School Perform?

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Leaver Destinations


Preparatory school

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School Prospectus

63-65 Portland Place
+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 (2-11), Hampstead (2-11) and Westminster (11-18 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 18 years old. It represents 70 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.

Southbank International School Westminster Parent Reviews

Average Parent Rating

“Outstanding School”

Strong academic levels - Teachers are excellent and very supportive of developing children to their best abilities - The administration of the school is always there to help, and always care about the kids. We went to numerous Private schools, some considered the best in the US and if we had known Southbank earlier, we would have taken our kids to this school sooner. Probably most important of all, our kids love the school, love to go to school, have many good friends and are motivated to learn well and succeed. What else could any parent wish for?!
“Highly Recommend”

Grade 8 parent: The school creates a rich and stimulating learning environment. The teachers are highly qualified and committed. I like the emphasis on arts and design, alongside the academic subjects. I was also impressed with the ways in which critical thinking and research skills are developed.
“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, Photos and Open Days from Southbank International School Westminster

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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Southbank Westminster offers the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the IB Diploma Programme (DP) with students ranging in age from 11 to 18 years old. It represents 70 nationalities.

The Middle Years Programme (11-15 yrs) shares the PYP's commitment to learning through inquiry and continues to develop attributes of the IB learner profile. The MYP emphasises intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world

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The Diploma Programme (15-18 yrs) encourages students to ask challenging questions, develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture, and develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures. It prepares students for the next stage in their education and the qualification is widely-recognised by the world's leading universities.

At Southbank, we foster the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement - essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders

More about the IB Diploma Programme


– 97% pass rate

– 34.8 average diploma score (world average 30.2)

– 25% of students achieved a bilingual IB Diploma

–  Four of our students obtained 44 points. This exceptional score was only achieved by very few worldwide students who studied the Diploma

How we achieve excellence
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.