Join St Edward’s to study the IB Diploma Programme for free


n this 50th Anniversary Year of the International Baccalaureate, St Edward’s are launching a scheme in association with local newspaper The Oxford Times offering two free day places to state school children in Oxfordshire who would like to study the IB Diploma.

In Sixth Form, St Edward’s offers both the IB and A Level, with pupils able to choose the course which best reflects their style of work, future studies and intended career path. The IB isn’t something that is always readily available in the state secondary school system, and we are delighted to be in a position to offer this opportunity to two pupils wishing to experience everything the IB has to offer.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for a pupil to gain access to the benefits of the IB Diploma. I am thrilled that a school in our local Oxford community, where the IB was born 50 years ago, are giving this chance away for free.”

Layla Moran MP, Oxford West and Abingdon. Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Education

If you would be interested in applying, an application form is currently available in The Oxford Times. Information on eligibility, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, and what your child can expect to experience as a day pupil at St Edward’s is available below.

The St Edward's School Day

The school day at St Edward’s begins at 8.00am, with day pupils finishing at either 6.30pm or 9.00pm, depending on their preference and the co-curricular activities they are involved with. 

Pupils at St Edward’s also attend school on Saturdays, with morning lessons followed by sports fixtures and other commitments in the afternoon. Day pupils are free to go home on a Saturday once they have completed their other activities.

“St Edward’s has generated real growth and success in the IB Diploma in recent years because the programme aligns so well with the fundamental purpose and values of the School.”

John Claughton, The IB Schools and Colleges Association

There are more than 90 clubs, societies, artistic, musical, dramatic and sporting activities available to pupils at St Edward’s, covering everything from Humanitarian Society and Dissection Club to Basketball and Street Zumba. Over 500 hours of individual music tuition takes place every week in the Ogston Music School, with a plethora of collaborative opportunities as well, with choirs, bands, and orchestras.

Sporting appetites are also well catered for, with professional coaching in all the major sports, whilst pupils can indulge in a wide array of additional sports too, such as climbing, sailing or archery. The School’s successful rowing programme is based at the Boat House on the River Thames, and pupils also benefit from facilities including astro turfs, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, swimming pool, access to a professional gym on site, a 9-hole golf course, and other pitches across a 100-acre north Oxford estate.

What is the IB Diploma?

Studied by 1.5 million people worldwide, the IB Diploma is an alternative to A Levels offered by approximately 100 schools in the UK. The International Baccalaureate Organisation states its aim as: “To develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.” 

The IB Diploma Programme is made up of the Diploma Programme (DP) Core, which consists of Theory of Knowledge (ToK) and Creativity, Acvtivity, Service (CAS) and the Extended Essay, and the DP Curriculum, made up of six subjects studied at either Standard or Higher Level.

“As a former specialist Sixth Form teacher for 12 years, I have spent the last decade studying how the IB’s Diploma Programme is delivered. I believe that it offers significant opportunities for Sixth Formers to develop skills in a wide range of areas, that prepare them for both Higher Education and the world beyond, as genuine global citizens.”

Dr Deborah Outhwaite, an experienced Teacher Educator at the University of Warwick, specialising in the International Baccalaureate

During the Diploma Programme pupils study six subjects, three at Higher Level and three at Standard Level. These include English, maths, a modern foreign language, a science subject and a humanities subject, along with a raft of other options.

The three elements of the DP Core explained

  • Theory of Knowledge – pupils will reflect on the nature of knowledge, considering how and why it is that we know what we know.
  • Extended Essay – an independent, self-directed research project in which the pupil will choose a title, and conclude their research with a 4,000-word paper.
  • Creativity, Activity, Service – a non-prescribed project of activities are possible for pupils, but they must have real and purposeful goals, with significant outcomes, which contribute to their personal learning and, for Service, the community.

If you would like more information on the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, please visit the IBO website by clicking on the link below.

Are you Eligible to Apply?

To apply for one of the IB Bursaries, the following eligibility requirements must be met:

  • Applicants must currently be in Year 10 at a state school in Oxfordshire, born between 1st September 2002 and 31st August 2003.
  • Applicants must live close enough to the school to make being a day pupil viable – see above for what a typical day will include.
  • Family income should not exceed in the region of £50,000 net.
  • Shortlisted candidates will sit the School’s entrance examinations and will attend an interview in November 2018. Academic ability is not the only criterion for selection, but applicants must demonstrate the capacity to undertake the IB Diploma Programme.
  • References will be sought from the candidate’s current school in the autumn.
  • The Warden’s decision is final, and successful candidates will begin the IB Diploma Programme in September 2019 as day pupils in the Sixth Form of St Edward’s.

The deadline for applications is midday on 15th October 2018. If you have any questions regarding the IB Bursaries or the application process, please contact the Admissions Office on 01865 319200, or by email.

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