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.
If you would be interested in applying, an application form is available below, along with information on eligibility, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, and what your child can expect to experience as a day pupil at St Edward’s.
The St Edward's School Day
Day pupils at St Edward’s start School at 8am and finish at either 6.30pm or 9pm depending on their preference and their activities outside the classroom. Evenings at St Edward’s offer an outstanding range of opportunities, such as talks by visiting speakers, supervised homework sessions, a wide range of clubs and societies (including a Medicine Society, Debating Club, Filmmaking, International Society, Dissection Club – among many others), drama and music rehearsals, sports practice, and the chance to have supper and enjoy leisure time with friends. Day pupils have equal access to these opportunities alongside their boarding peers; the vast majority of evening activities are free of charge.
All pupils at St Edward’s attend School on Saturdays. Morning lessons are followed by sports fixtures and other commitments in the afternoon.
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, Activity, Service (CAS) and the Extended Essay, and the DP Curriculum, made up of six subjects studied at either Standard or Higher Level.
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.