Success Stories At Halcyon London International School

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Empowered by Halcyon

Our students graduate from Halcyon as part of a community that celebrates every ambition, aspiration and achievement. Empowered to lead, create and collaborate, our graduates are ready to tackle the challenges of a complex future, inspired by a dynamic IB environment that engages every voice in personalised learning opportunities.

Our community is often inspired by the achievements of our graduates: their remarkable success stories at elite colleges and universities; their leadership of creative projects in the arts; and the contributions that they bring to our future as collaborative, global citizens.

Halcyon produces learners and leaders who are well prepared to shape the future.

– NEASC, 2018

Our Alumni
Meet some of our graduates.

Nicole New York University (NYU), USA

Throughout her time at Halcyon, Nicole contributed to school life as an excellent student ambassador and a grade representative for the Student Council in her final year. As she prepares to select her major at the prestigious NYU – after receiving an astonishing 12 offers from all over the world – we are confident that Nicole’s superb organisational, leadership, and communication skills will permit her to excel in any area – from running Dance Club to preparing CAS activities for younger students, Nicole demonstrated her ability to handle several responsibilities at once at Halcyon.

Raghav University of Nottingham, Politics and Economics

As secretary of our Student Council, Raghav demonstrated that he was committed to ensuring that students’ voices were heard and that their plans were communicated and carried out. Raghav’s commitment to supporting new plans at Halcyon was visible until his last days at our school – he was a keen participant in 2021’s Grade 12 workshops, taking part in a brand-new cooking course prepared by our Catering Manager Jacqueline after completing his Diploma studies.

Jadyn Barry University, USA

Jadyn pursued a varied selection of Diploma courses during her final two years at Halcyon, including Psychology and Environmental Systems and Societies, which will prepare her to enter any academic discipline of her choosing at Barry University in the United States. At Halcyon, Jadyn offered a great service to her local community by volunteering at the London Landmarks half marathon, and we look forward to watching her leave an impact elsewhere in the world.

Ally University of Edinburgh, Chemistry

At Halcyon, Ally demonstrated an excellent understanding of the importance of collaborating with others and developing student-led initiatives – and we’re excited to hear about how her project leadership skills lead her to thrive in the laboratory at university. As Student Voice for the Student Council, Ally sought to hear students’ thoughts on every part of school life from lunchtimes to assemblies, and was central to a number of community-connecting events during Remote Learning such as ‘Bring Your Pet To School Day’! Prior to embarking on her course at university, Ally embarked on work experience at Halcyon with our lab technician, and we’re proud to be a part of her journey.

Noah University of Toronto, Cinema Studies & Environmental Studies

Prior to embarking on this exciting journey in Canada, Noah embraced several opportunities at Halcyon and beyond to expand his knowledge of the field of film, art, and design, even leading his own exhibition at the Design Museum in December 2017.

Alexander Maastricht University, Economics and Business

Passionate about climate change and environmental science, Alexander is currently expanding his insights into our globalised society through his studies of Economics and Business. As an MUN Board Director and a player on the Dutch under-18 national tennis team – where he placed second in his tournament – Alexander knows well how we can achieve great things together.

Eric Dartmouth College, Engineering

After becoming a Halcyon alumni, Eric took on a unique challenge that would help prepare him for the demands of studying at an Ivy League university. In the summer after graduating from Halcyon, Eric walked 800 miles of the Appalachian trail – a testament to the dedication and commitment that he also gave to his studies, leading to success in his IB Diploma results.

Ines University of Sussex, International Business

Ines developed a broad understanding of international communication during her time at Halcyon, studying both Spanish and French as HL Diploma Programme options alongside English Language and Literature. Ines also sought to expand her studies of English literature in her Extended Essay: and, with her native proficiency in Portuguese, Diploma studies of Mathematics, and her organisation of a CAS project which fundraised £1000 of materials for a school in Guinea Bissau, she is well-prepared the fast-paced, global environment of international business.

Ellie University of Leeds, Politics

One of many Halcyon success stories, Ellie developed a curiosity for the role of leaders on a community and international level. As a representative of our school at the BETT Conference, Ellie blossomed into a strong verbal communicator, able to incorporate a range of evidence, perspectives and ideas into her presentations. In her studies of Politics at Leeds, Ellie is seeking to expand her understanding of the role of birthright in power and governance, and learning more about the field of international relations

Anne-Marie Temple University, Communications

Since graduation, Anne-Marie has pursued a number of enriching study opportunities that have built on her experiences at Halcyon, interning for Japan Daily and studying Communications at Temple University in Japan after an Art Foundation at Central Saint Martins. At Halcyon, Anne Marie’s skills of creative communication flourished through our annual DP Art Exhibition and Mother Tongue Mandarin.

David LSE, Politics and Philosophy

Politics and Philosophy at LSE is a varied and challenging course that requires students to develop a deeper conceptual understanding of politics. Our former Student Council President is well-prepared: as a representative of our students and a lead actor in a Halcyon student film, David is familiar with how individuals can use their voice to make a difference.

Sabrina UCL, Politics & International Relations

At Halcyon, Sabrina embraced a wide variety of leadership challenges that would prepare her for a future in Politics and International Relations. As Secretary-General of Halcyon’s Model United Nations and the designer of an interactive exhibition for awareness of the Rohingya genocide, Sabrina has grown as a talented and driven speaker, organiser, and activist.

Nikhita KCL, Global Health and Medicine

Nikhita’s studies at King’s College London follow a vibrant and diverse course selection at Halcyon. Taking a keen interest in both medicine and theatre, Nikhita focused her Extended Essay on respiratory diseases in urban areas while exploring the effects of projection in HL Theatre Arts – an interdisciplinary approach well-suited to a course exploring medicine on a societal level.

Erin University of Liverpool, Medicine

Our very first graduate to study medicine, Erin developed a range of skills both inside and outside of her school hours. Erin participated in Irish dancing alongside her studies and placed third in the European qualifiers, learning to balance a variety of challenging commitments as she prepared for university. Having lived in China, the United States, the Netherlands, and the UK, Erin thrived in our vibrant international community.

Juliette Queen Mary’s, University of London, Dentistry

Juliette showcased a passion for science at Halcyon, as well as a caring attitude towards fellow members of her school community – a record that indicates her preparedness to take on dentistry studies at QMUL. Finishing her Diploma Programme with an outstanding score of 42 out of 45, Juliette demonstrated an analytical and research-oriented approach in Biology and her Extended Essay, which explored teeth staining and whitening in forensic detail. She also played a key role in many popular and Halcyon clubs and events, such as Dance Club and the annual Halloween Catwalk.

Boet University of Manchester, Medicine

One of our many graduates who has completed the Bilingual Diploma (English and Dutch), Boet’s embrace of inquiry and challenge throughout the IB led him to succeed in an impressive range of subjects, including Economics, Chemistry, and Physics at HL. As well as taking a rigorous attitude to his studies, Boet took the lead in a number of Extra-Curricular Activities and externally-facing events: representing Halcyon, for example, in an international IB Economics Conference, becoming Secretary-General for our Model United Nations team and winning the award of ‘Best Delegate’ at the Hague! Boet’s readiness to work with others and consider their needs was also explored in his participation with our kitchen volunteering programme and his time as a Middlesex section hockey player. These experiences will certainly prepare him well for a future in medicine!

Linus Vrije Universiteit, PPE

At Halcyon, Linus sought to develop his understanding of our world through his academic pursuits as well as his chosen Extra-Curricular Activities. Studying Geography, Economics, and Environmental Systems and Societies, Physics, English Literature, and Mathematics during the Diploma Programme, Linus – who studied at Halcyon since Grade 6 with his twin brother – discovered a keen interest in sustainability and explored this through his Extended Essay, and brought this to conferences as a Model United Nations member and Economics student. This passionate approach will prepare Linus for success as he goes forward to study PPE in the Netherlands.

Halcyon: a top IB school

“Leaders of Tomorrow” – Ofsted, 2017

Case study: Isaac’s story

Halcyon alumni Isaac is taking his artistic talents to new heights, holding his second solo art exhibition in the summer after graduating from school and beginning his course in Culture, Criticism and Curation at Central Saint Martins.

Read about his Halcyon journey: Isaac’s Story.

Case study: Clara’s story

Clara’s unwavering passion for dentistry and driven approach to her studies took her to secure a place at the prestigious Barts School of Dentistry at Queen Mary’s University. At Halcyon, Clara pursued her unique interests and challenged herself to fulfil her goals.

Read about her Halcyon journey: Clara’s Story.

University Destinations

Our Results 2021

The IB Diploma is a preparation for life, and our graduates go out into the world with the very best wishes of our community and our confidence that they will continue to aspire to, and achieve, the extraordinary.

of our graduates’ further study destinations in the UK will be at Russell Group universities.
Our graduates will attend universities in 14 countries.
of our graduates achieved 39 points or more.

University and Careers Counselling

“I cannot tell you how many times I have been thankful for completing an IB Diploma. I am grateful not only for the time management, research and critical thinking skills it provided me with, but also the ability to juggle multiple subjects at the same time.”

– Halcyon Alumni, University of Cambridge


Connected to university admissions offices around the world, our IB University and Careers Counselling Director brings specialist knowledge to Halcyon that creates college and career-ready global citizens. Benefitting from a range of one-to-one and grade-level university counselling services, each learner is guided to make decisions and develop skills that unlock opportunities in higher education and create success stories. Our University and Careers Counselling Director is available to everyone in Halcyon’s small community, delivering individualised, comprehensive support to each student and their family.

Success Stories: University Guidance

University and Careers Counselling

Alumni Offers & Destinations: UK

United Kingdom

Aberystwyth University
ACM (The Academy of Contemporary Music)
Anglia Ruskin
Arts University Bournemouth
BIMM London
Birkbeck, University of London
Bournemouth University
Brunel University London
Canterbury Christ Church University
Cardiff University
Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
City & Guilds of London Art School
City, University of London
Durham University
Falmouth University
Goldsmiths, University of London
Greater Brighton Metropolitan University
Harper Adams University
Hartpury University
Institute of Contemporary Music Performance
Istituto Marangoni London
King’s College London
Kingston University London
London Metropolitan University
London School of Economics
London South Bank University
Loughborough University
MetFilm
Middlesex University
Newcastle University
New College of the Humanities
Nottingham Trent University
Oxford Brookes University
Queen Mary University of London
Queen’s University Belfast

Ravensbourne University London
Regent’s University London
Richmond, The American International University in London
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Royal Holloway, University of London
SOAS
St Mary’s University, Twickenham
University College London
University for the Creative Arts
University of Bath
University of Bedfordshire
University of Bristol
University of Cambridge
University of Chester
University of East London
University of Edinburgh
University of Essex
University of Exeter
University of Glasgow
University of Greenwich
University of Kent
University of Leeds
University of Lincoln
University of Liverpool
University of Nottingham
University of Manchester
University of Reading
University of Roehampton
University of St Andrews
University of Surrey
University of Sussex
University of the Arts London
University of the West of England – UWE Bristol
University of Warwick
University of West London
University of Westminster
University of York

Alumni Offers & Destinations: Rest of World

United States

American University
Arizona State University
Barry University
Brandeis University
Boston University
Bucknell University
California Baptist University
Case Western Reserve University
Dartmouth College
Denison University
Dickinson College
Drexel University
Elon University
Franklin & Marshall College
George Washington University
Haverford College
Kenyon College
Loyola Marymount University
Macalester College
Marist College
Miami University (Ohio)
Minerva Schools at the Keck Graduate Institute
Muhlenberg College
Occidental College
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Parson’s School of Design
Purdue University
Richmond University
Santa Clara University
SCAD (The Savannah College of Art & Design)
Skidmore College
State University of New York, Geneseo
Syracuse University
The New School (Parsons)
Trinity College
Tufts University
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Miami
University of Pennsylvania
University of Rochester
University of San Diego
University of South Florida
University of Washington
University of Utah
Vassar College

Canada

Carleton University
McGill University
Queen’s University
University of Alberta
University of Guelph
University of Ottawa
University of Toronto
University of Waterloo
The University of British Columbia
The University of Western Ontario
Wilfrid Laurier University


The Netherlands

Delft University of Technology
Design Academy Eindhoven
Leiden University
Maastricht University
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

France

American University of Paris

Germany

Freie University

Italy

Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche

Spain

University of Granada

Sweden

Lund University

Switzerland

École hôtelière de Lausanne
Webster University

Japan

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Temple University Japan

China

New York University Shanghai

Hear more success stories at our Open Houses

At our Open Houses on campus, you will meet our Director, Barry Mansfield, who will deliver a presentation on Halcyon’s mission, curriculum, facilities, success stories, and more. Our Student Ambassadors will take you on a tour of Halcyon’s building, and you will have the opportunity to ask our teachers questions as they deliver their scheduled lessons to their students. A Q&A session with our Director and Admissions Director will follow.