The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is an internationally recognised qualification for pupils aged 16-18 as an alternative to other qualifications, such as A levels.
The programme is designed to inspire a quest for learning throughout life, with the aim of developing the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalising world.
It provides a broad pathway for individuals and their learning styles, which is in keeping with the Stonyhurst Jesuit ethos of ‘Cura Personalis’ (development of the whole person), and challenging pupils to excel in their studies and personal growth.
Stonyhurst has been running the IB Diploma since 2013, and our IB pupils now make up one third of Higher Line (Sixth Form). Our 2023 results place us as the top-performing IB Sixth Form in the north of England.
I was very happy with my results and I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to study the IB Diploma at Stonyhurst College – the experiences have shaped me for life. I chose the IB Diploma route because it would provide me with lots of options for the future.Louisa (OS18)
“The International Baccalaureate forces students to push their learning through a much broader context. That’s probably the thing we most like about the IB programme – it’s not just learning maths or science, it’s understanding maths or science in the context of societal issues and values. Students explore the ethical and social implications, and historical context. It requires deeper understanding of the material, and high levels of discussion and argument in the classroom, learning from peers and working in teams – all these things ideally will set them up for the workplace in the future.”Ramiro Prudencio, Mckinsey & Company, The Future Skills Report, IBSCA