The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is increasingly recognised as one of the most comprehensive and robust educational qualifications available globally. For students at British schools in Spain, the IB offers numerous advantages that make it an excellent choice, which is why we are working towards being able to offer the IB at Richmond Park School.

The IB Diploma Programme is renowned for its rigorous academic standards, which challenge students to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students who undertake the IB are exposed to a curriculum that encourages depth and breadth of knowledge. The program requires students to study six subjects across different disciplines, ensuring a well-rounded education. These subjects include two languages (we plan to offer Spanish, English and French) a social science (we will offer Business Management, Geography, and Environmental Systems), science subjects (we currently plan to offer Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science and Environmental Systems), mathematics, and an arts subject (Visual Arts) or an additional course from the other groups. This structure helps students to become versatile learners, capable of understanding and integrating knowledge from various fields.

Furthermore, the IB emphasises independent research through its Extended Essay, a 4,000-word research paper on a topic of the student’s choice. This component develops essential academic skills, such as formulating research questions, conducting independent research, and presenting findings coherently. For our students, these skills are invaluable, as they prepare them for the demands of higher education and professional environments, where such abilities are highly prized.

One of the key strengths of the IB Diploma is its holistic approach to education, which aligns well with contemporary educational philosophies in British Schools. The program does not solely focus on academic achievements but also on the personal development of students. The IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who are motivated to succeed. This is achieved through the program’s core components: the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course, the Extended Essay, and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS).

The TOK course encourages students to reflect on the nature of knowledge and how we know what we claim to know. This course is particularly beneficial for students as it promotes critical thinking and philosophical inquiry, encouraging them to question and understand different perspectives. CAS, on the other hand, requires students to engage in various extracurricular activities, fostering personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning. By participating in creative projects, physical activities, and community service, our students develop a sense of social responsibility and a balanced lifestyle, which are crucial for their overall well-being.

The IB Diploma is recognised by universities worldwide, including top institutions in Spain, Europe and beyond. This international recognition provides students with a competitive edge when applying to universities, both domestically and internationally. Spanish universities, such as the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the Universidad de Barcelona, acknowledge the rigor and comprehensive nature of the IB, often offering special admission considerations for IB graduates.

We are excited to be at the stage of planning in more depth, which includes the plans for our new IB centre, which will include state of the art classrooms and teaching facilities. We have shared the plans with students and parents and are looking forward to the next stages of our journey towards offering the IB to our students.

Richmond Park School is a candidate school for the Diploma Programme. This school is pursuing authorisation as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy -a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Richmond Park School believes is important for our students.

Only schools authorised by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP).  Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorisation will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit