The Friends' School

Why the Diploma

The IB Diploma is not just a qualification that gets you into university but one that also prepares you to flourish there and beyond.”
Recent Friends’ IB Diploma graduate

The IB Diploma offers a balanced and comprehensive curriculum that systematically develops critical thinking skills, an understanding of the interconnected nature of our globalised society and responsible citizenship, while establishing a foundation for lifelong learning and therefore both personal and professional success.

Through the DP, we are able to develop students who:

  • have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge
  • flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
  • study at least two languages
  • excel in traditional academic subjects
  • explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique Theory of Knowledge Course.

The DiAL AND SHARRONploma Programme prepares students for university and life by encouraging them to:

  • ask challenging questions
  • learn how to learn
  • develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture
  • develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other cultures and countries.

There is now a considerable body of research that argues that a ‘Baccalaureate style’ education provides substantial benefit in the future. Simply put, taking advantage of opportunities within a career often requires an ability to transfer skills across disciplines and the use of inter-disciplinary skills in new contexts.

For example, many lawyers will become involved in cases where a scientific understanding is important and this is not reflected in a law degree. A doctor will need an understanding of both cultural and historical context to correctly interpret a patient’s symptoms or research the causes of a new disease. Similarly, almost all scientists will have to analyse texts and assess evidence and arguments while understanding the historical context of claim, give presentations, and be sensitive to the political and ethical context of their work.

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