When one is building a ship, one does not begin with gathering timber and cutting planks, but rather by arousing in people the yearning for the great wide sea
— Antoine de St. Exupery (1900-1944), Aviator & Writer

International Baccalaureate

Halcyon will reflect and honour the Mission Statement of the IB:

“The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.”

Age Groups

As an IB World School, Halcyon offers the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) to Grades 6-10 (Years 7-11), and the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) for Grades 11-12 (Years 12-13). Find out more below.

IB Experience

Founded in 1968, the IB is a non‑profit educational foundation, which currently works with 4,069 public and privately-funded schools in 147 countries to develop and offer challenging programmes to over a million students aged 3-19.

An important part of all IB programmes is the IB Learner Profile. Learn more.

IB Primary Years

Halcyon is founded on the belief that students should have a continuous international educational experience, therefore a longer-term goal is to offer the IB Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) for the 3-11 year old age-range.

IB Middle Years Programme (IBMYP)

The IB Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) is a programme of study designed to meet the educational requirements of students aged between 11 and 16 years.  Students are required to study their mother tongue, a second language, individuals & societies, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical health education, and design. 

The IB Learner Profile sits in the middle of the IBMYP framework and represents the model of student-centred learning. Through the Learner Profile, the IB is developing internationally-minded people who strive to be:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective.

The next stage of the framework comprises the interdisciplinary tools of Global Context, Concepts and Approaches to Learning and Teaching. The Global Context is used to bring learning to life by connecting classroom learning with the globalised world. 

The next stage of the framework is three evaluated interdisciplinary elements of the IBMYP that allow students to seek their passions and develop their attributes, these are:

  1. Service as Action
  2. Community Project
  3. Personal Project.

The disciplinary content then forms the outside of the circular framework, finally enclosed by the words "international-mindedness". 

IB Diploma Programme (IBDP)

Halcyon offers the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP).

The IBDP is designed as an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. This two-year programme has gained recognition and respect from the world's leading universities.

Students study six courses at higher level or standard level, ensuring breadth of experience in languages, social studies, the experimental sciences and mathematics. The programme also has three core requirements that are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding:

  • The Extended Essay - independent research through an in-depth study 
  • Theory of Knowledge - a course designed to encourage reflection on the nature of knowledge, by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical).
  • Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) - opportunities for students to actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom; providing opportunities for authentic engagement with the local community.

Students take written examinations, marked externally by IB examiners, at the end of the programme. The highest total that an IBDP student can be awarded is 45 points.

Further Resources and see some student work

IBDP Gains the Highest Marks Again as Best University Preparatory Curriculum from UK/US Institutions

Lessons To Learn From The International Baccalaureate

What our Capital Classroom has to offer

Halcyon MYP Personal Projects Exhibition 2017

Halcyon's Grade 9 Student's work in English Class

University Offers and Acceptances 2017

London as our Learning Laboratory

Explore the map below to discover where our students have been to enrich their learning outside of the classroom.