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Academic: International Baccalaureate Diploma - Introduction

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma is a globally-recognised, academically rigorous Sixth Form educational programme which offers ideal preparation for students wishing to apply for undergraduate courses at the most competitive universities in the UK and abroad.

Furthermore, the IB explicitly values and nurtures holistic personal development in addition to academic success, focussing on such attributes as critical thinking, collaboration and presentation skills, time-management and independent learning. This, alongside the IB’s commitment to international-mindedness, is why advocates of the IB believe it is not only an ideal preparation for university study, but also gives Diploma graduates an edge in the twenty-first century job market.

For more information on the International Baccalaureate, visit the IB website by clicking here. If you have any queries about the Diploma Programme at Whitgift, please feel free to contact the Head of IB, Mr Paul Dinnen ( or the Head of Sixth Form, Miss Jude Lowson (