What is the IB Diploma Programme?

The IB Diploma Programme is a rewarding and academically rigorous qualification, which is recognised and highly sought after by leading universities across the world. 


We are a non-academically selective school with an IB mean score well above the world averageSmall class sizes, combined with a strong tutoring system, allow us to ensure that each student gets the support and guidance necessary to achieve their full potential. 


The Higher Education Statistics Agency 2016 Report found that students who studied the IBDP have a 57% greater likelihood of attending one of the top twenty UK universities, than students who study traditional A-Levels, with double the probability of engaging in further studies such as a Masters or PhD. 


The IBDP is made up of three core elements that are studied alongside individual subjects. These are designed specifically to broaden the educational experience, applying the knowledge gained to real-life situations.


IBDP core elements:

  • Theory of Knowledge – students reflect on the nature of knowledge, how we know what we know
  • The Extended Essay – an independent, self-directed, piece of research on a chosen subject
  • Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) – students complete a project related to the above elements


Do you still need convincing?


  • IB students have a larger probability of achieving both a first and second class degree compared to their A-Level peers – 23% of IB students achieve a first-class degree compared with 19% of A-Level students.
  • IB students have greater post-education prospects, on average earning more than their A-Level counterparts.
  • The highest median salary for an IB leaver who holds a degree in Mathematical Sciences is £30,000, compared to £22,000 for A Level students who graduate with the same degree.
  • 18% of IB alumni are employed in professional, scientific, and technical activities, compared to 13% of A-Level students. A-Level students are more likely to be employed in wholesale and retail trades (16%) compared to 10% of IB students.


Not for you? Learn about our International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme, ideal for those that already know the career path they want to follow.


Next Steps

To learn more about what Windermere School can offer you, please fill in our easy Enquiry Form below and a member of the admissions team will be in touch shortly.

To arrange a visit call us on: 015394 46164

or fill out the form below and a member of staff will be in touch

Full nameRequired

Child's nameRequired

Child's date of birth dd/mm/yyyyRequired

Child's year groupRequired

Child's year entryRequired

Address line oneRequired


Contact numberRequired

Email addressRequired

Child's current schoolRequired

Child's current yearRequired


Storing information for processing in relation to this enquiry.