The International Baccalaureate At Halcyon London International School

Academics: International Baccalaureate & Enrichment

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Pioneered by Halcyon

Teachers know their pupils very well and engage them quickly in their work. Expectations of what pupils can achieve are high. Pupils rise to the challenge and routinely produce work of high quality.

– Ofsted Report, 2017 (Outstanding)

What people are saying

We are thankful to receive strong words of support from our families, our students, and visitors from institutions all over the world.

Ofsted

“Standards are high, and pupils make outstanding progress over time.”

“Pupils are exceptionally polite and courteous. They get on well and are respectful of each other’s differences, uniqueness, and views.”

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Good Schools Guide

“Teachers are passionate about their subject.”

“Building on the foundations of the IB, Halcyon is an innovative, thinking community, committed to holistic teaching and learning; nurturing reflective, life-ready global citizens.”

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Halcyon Parents

“Feedback on student work is impressive: detailed and substantive.”

“We are thrilled to be at a small and friendly school where our children get personalized attention.”

The International Baccalaureate

The Middle Years Programme

As an IB World School, Halcyon offers the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) for Grades 6-10 (Ages 11-16). The Middle Years Programme is a coherent and comprehensive curriculum framework that provides academic challenge and develops the self-direction and life skills of students from the ages of 11 to 16. These years are a critical period in the development of young people.

Success in school is closely related to personal, social and emotional well-being. At a time when students are establishing their identity and building their self esteem, the MYP can motivate students and help them to achieve success in school and in life beyond the classroom. The programme allows students to build on their personal strengths and to embrace challenges; it also offers students opportunities to develop their potential, to explore their own learning preferences, to take appropriate risks, and to reflect on, and develop, a strong sense of personal identity.

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

The Diploma Programme

As an International Baccalaureate/IB World School, Halcyon offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) for Grades 11-12 (Ages 16-18). The IB Diploma Programme is a university-entrance qualification, established since 1968, to provide an international education that would enable young people to better understand and manage the complexities of our world, and to provide them with the skills and attitudes to take action to improve it. 

The Diploma Programme provides a challenging, internationally focused, broad and balanced educational experience for students aged 16 to 19. Students are required to study six subjects – and critical thinking, research and service programmes – concurrently over two years. The programme is designed to equip students with the academic skills needed for university study, further education and their chosen profession. Additionally, the programme supports the development of the values and life skills needed to live a fulfilled and purposeful life. The final award – the IB Diploma – is accepted by universities around the world.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

Class profile: Grade 7

Grade 7 students are demonstrating their growth into confident, curious, and reflective learners, developing the investigation and project-management skills that will drive their success in the IB. Here is a window into their daily learning in the classroom.

In mathematics, Grade 7 are finishing their statistics unit: gathering data on sustainable development goals, and analysing the achievements of selected high income and low income countries through the use of two comparative graphing methods: stem and leaf plots, and box plots. As well as developing their data interpretation skills, our curious learners are also developing their powers of persuasion by presenting their findings through letters or infomercials.

Many of our students have used their Personal Learning time to sharpen their presentation skills.

Last year in Grade 6, Leo created and showcased to his class his own comic strip centred around the experience of a young person learning from home.

In science, Grade 7 students are developing their understanding of conduction and insulation through planning their own investigations – and in English, they are challenging themselves further by participating in a ‘Choose Your Own Reading Adventure’ unit, where they take part in the friendly competition to finish as many books as they can.

Enrichment

The mission statement of the International Baccalaureate is “to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world.” Halcyon is committed to this pedagogic mission, and we enrich our curriculum by integrating co-curricular options into our students’ academic schedule that encourage our students to lead, collaborate, inquire and reflect on the world around them. Our Explorations Programme offers students electives ranging from Archaeology to Eco-Summit, and our Personal Learning Programme provides a space for students to research, develop and present their passions to the community.

Halcyon’s IB Programmes are further enriched by a culture of digital innovation, local and international trips, our Learning Support Programme, our English Plus Programme and our Mother Tongue Programme: facilities that enhance our students’ overall experience of the curriculum.

Explorations

Explorations are unique to Halcyon – two-hour periods on Wednesday afternoons for our Grade 6-10 students to explore a selection of 34 learning journeys ranging from Archaeology to Robotics to Horse-Riding.

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Digital

Leading research-driven incorporation of digital technologies into teaching is just one of the ways in which our team creates innovative, effective and unique educational experiences.

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Personal Learning

Halcyon’s Personal Learning Programme for MYP students is intentionally targeted towards building research skills and self-driven learning for the Personal Project in Grade 10 and the Extended Essay in Grade 11.

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Trips

Halcyon offers an extensive range of yearly local and international trips, to enrich day-to-day learning and bond our community of learners together.

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English Plus and Mother Tongue

Our English Plus Programme provides language support to Halcyon’s non-native English speakers, while our Mother Tongue Programme nurtures and celebrates their first language.

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Learning Support

Our Learning Support Programme offers a range of one-on-one and classroom services to support an inclusive curriculum.

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