Halcyon London International School

Secondary School Profile 2018/19

33 Seymour Place, London, W1H 5AU
Tel: +44 (0)207 258 1169 halcyonschool.com

University Guidance: Mark Bowen (mbowen@halcyonschool.com)
IBDP Coordinator: Jo Cooper (jcooper@halcyonschool.com)
Director: Barry Mansfield (bmansfield@halcyonschool.com)

CEEB Code: 724485
UCAS Code: 19729
IB Code: 050209

Halcyon’s Vision and Mission

Education: from educe meaning “to draw out”.

Halcyon London International School is guided by the belief that an exceptional education will draw out, nourish and awaken the unique potential of each student. Building on the foundations of the International Baccalaureate (IB), Halcyon is a thinking community, committed to holistic teaching and learning; nurturing engaged, reflective and responsible, life-ready, global citizens. Halcyon will reflect and honour the Mission Statement of the IB.

Halcyon was established in 2013, guided by a founding Board of Trustees committed to the provision of an innovative, student­ focused and digitally innovative education supported by an engaged and collaborative community. With a student­ teacher ratio of 5:1, the community will expand to 240 students, Grade 6 – 12, by 2020. Our current student numbers are at 184. Our school is also a PSAT test centre.


School Curriculum and Activities

All students in Grades 11 and 12 follow IB Diploma courses leading to external IB examination. Students have the option of taking IB certificates. All qualifying students also receive an accredited U.S. high school diploma. All Grade 6–10 students take International Schools’ Assessment standardised tests each year.

Halcyon offers a wide range of extracurricular activities, including Model United Nations, Global Issues Network, Theatre Club, Debate Club (Student-run), Eco­Committee, Ensemble, Student Council, Mindfulness. Sports clubs include  Fencing, Football, Gymnastics, Yoga and Table Tennis.

IB Diploma and Assessment

Grading for each subject is reported on the transcript and follows the IB assessment criteria based on the 7­ point scale. Assessment criteria are rigorously upheld. Grades are issued at the end of each term. Halcyon does not calculate GPA. Due to the high mobility and international backgrounds of the student body, as well as our small class sizes, Halcyon does not provide a class ranking. The translation of our assessments as compared with a typical American high school grading system is approximately: 7 = A+, 6 = A, 5 = A-/B+/B, 4 = B­/C+, 3 = C, 2 = D, 1 = F.

IB Diploma Courses

The following courses are currently available at IB Higher Level and Standard Level unless indicated:

  1. Studies in language and literature: English Literature, English Language and Literature, self­-taught Mother ­Tongue languages including; Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Icelandic, Arabic, Hebrew, Norwegian, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, and Bulgarian.
  2. Language acquisition:  Spanish, Mandarin
  3. Individuals and societies: Geography, History, Psychology, Business Management, Economics, ITGS
  4. Sciences: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Systems and Societies (SL only)
  5. Mathematics: Mathematics, Mathematical Studies SL
  6. Arts:  Visual Arts, Theatre Arts, Film Studies

Academic Performance

The Class of 2019 was only our third graduating class and performed admirably, achieving a 96% pass rate with a schoolwide average of 31, as compared with the worldwide average of 29. The range of scores was 23 to 41 out of 45 possible points among the 24 graduates.

Offers and Acceptances (Two Years 2017-2018)

Aberystwyth University
Arts University Bournemouth
University of Bath
Birkbeck, University of London
University of Birmingham
Bournemouth University
University of Brighton
University of Bristol
University of Cambridge

Canterbury Christ Church University
Cardiff University
Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
City, University of London
Durham University
The University of Edinburgh
University of Essex
University of Exeter
University of Glasgow
University of Law
Goldsmiths, University of London
Imperial College London

King’s College London
Kingston University London
University of Leeds
The University of Liverpool

London South Bank University
Loughborough University
The University of Manchester
Newcastle University
New College of the Humanities
Oxford Brookes University
Queen Mary University of London
Queen’s University Belfast
University of Reading
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Regent’s University, London
University of Roehampton
Royal Holloway, University of London
SOAS University of London
University of St Andrews
St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London
University of Surrey
University of Sussex
University College London
University of the Arts London
University of Warwick
University of Westminster
University of York

American University
Brandeis University
Bucknell University
California Baptist University
Case Western Reserve University
Dartmouth College

Denison University
Dickinson College
Elon University
Franklin & Marshall College
Fordham University

The George Washington University
Haverford College
Kenyon College
Loyola Marymount University
Macalester College
Marist College
Miami University (Ohio)
University of Missouri (Kansas City)
Muhlenberg College
The New School of New York
Occidental College
Quinnipiac University
Richmond University
University of Rochester
Santa Clara University
Sarah Lawrence College
SCAD (The Savannah College of Art & Design)
Scripps College
Skidmore College
State University of New York, Geneseo
St. John’s University
Syracuse University
Trinity College
Tufts University
University of Miami
University of San Diego
University of Pennsylvania
Vassar College

University of Alberta
The University of British Columbia
University of Calgary
Carleton University
Queen’s University
McGill University

University of Toronto
The University of Western Ontario

Delft University of Technology

Universita di Scienze Gastronomiche di Pollenzo (The University of Gastronomical Sciences)

Temple University Japan

*Blue indicates matriculation.

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