Cranbrook School: An IB Continuum School

September 07, 2020
In August 2020 Cranbrook School received the formal authorisation that they can now offer the IB Diploma Programme as an alternative curriculum pathway for students in Years 11 and 12. Cranbrook is now officially an authorised IB World School for the Diploma Programme, becoming the first major Sydney Independent School to become an IB Continuum School, joining just a handful of others in NSW to hold this credential.

This is an immensely exciting step for Cranbrook School as the IB Diploma is considered one of the world’s best pre-university credentials. It is taught in 150 countries and in more than 5000 schools. Cranbrook Diploma students, therefore, will be offered the opportunity to join a truly global academic community.

As an IB World School Cranbrook is now part of a world-wide community of schools committed to developing knowledgeable, caring young people who will be ready to negotiate their futures successfully whilst making contributions towards a more peaceful world. The IB aspires to help schools develop well-rounded students who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind, are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating our common humanity and are prepared to apply what they learn in real world, complex and unpredictable situations. The IB Diploma is not just an academic programme as it encourages experiential learning and equips students with the skills required for tertiary education through promoting a spirit of intellectual inquiry.

Discussing the importance of the IB, Nick Jolly, Cranbrook’s Director of Academics, said: “The IB is attractive and valuable because of its academic and personal rigour. It will challenge students to excel in their studies and in their personal growth, to be confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions and apply what they learn in real-world situations.”

So far Cranbrook has had between 25 and 30 Year 10 students express their keen interest in following this pathway. They will commence their IB Diploma studies from Term 1 2021.

As a School they have seen the wonderful outcomes from the PYP programme, which has been implemented in the Pre-Schools and Junior School educational programmes from 2010 and the MYP programmes, with accreditation received in 2018: now the IB Diploma Programme will add to this suite of accreditations as they officially become an IB Continuum School. Cranbrook has therefore embraced the philosophies of the IB for a number of years.

Nicholas Sampson, Headmaster of Cranbrook School, expressed his delight at the accreditation.

“This is a vital and impressive step towards enabling us to deliver our vision to be a genuinely world class school and continue to support our students on their journey to explore, enjoy and fulfil their potential,” Mr Sampson said.

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