Welcome to www.IB-Schools.com which aims to assist parents who wish to educate their children in the International Baccalaureate at private schools in the UK, Europe, Asia or Australasia. We do not currently cover schools in the Americas but may be able to advise you if this is what you are looking for. 

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is an international qualification now offered by 5000+ schools in over 150 countries worldwide split approximately equally by state schools (free) and private or independent schools (fee-paying). This website only lists private IB schools. The IB is overseen by The International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) in Switzerland. The UK has 128 IB schools,  which offer one or more of the International Baccalaureate programmes, of which 75 are private schools,

There are four programmes:

  • The Diploma Programme (DP) for students aged 16 to 19
  • The Career-related Programme (CP) for students aged 16-19
  • The Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students aged 11 to 16
  • The Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students from 3 to 12.

About 90% of UK IB private schools concentrate on the Diploma Programme and about 10% offer the PYP or MYP in addition. In other countries, the IBDP also dominates but there are generally a much higher proportion of schools that also offer the PYP or MYP schools.

Finding a private IB School in the UK or Worldwide

On this site we also list all the private IB schools in the UK plus most of the EU IB schools as well as the higher-achieving Asian and Australian IB schools, which feature in our league tables. Since a high proportion of our clients are expatriate workers, we only feature IB Schools which teach primarily in English. Some cities have no IB schools, in which case we can recommend alternatives, including boarding schools.

Top Achieving IB Schools

Each year we publish a comprehensive league table of UK independent schools, based on the average points achieved by IB Diploma candidates. The table can also be found on our main advice site. We produce two separate tables for UK schools with large and small cohorts.

We also publish an EU league table but only for those schools who publicly reveal their results. All of these published schools achieve results significantly above the IBO global average points score. As a general rule, those schools refusing to divulge their scores have much lower results, which they would prefer not to reveal. Schools in the UK tend to be more academically selective and outperform those in continental Europe and for this reason, as well as the fact that the UK has now left the EU, they are not included. 

We also publish a Global Top 100, bringing in private schools in the rest of the world, primarily Asia and Australasia. 

Expert assistance in choosing the right school for the IB

Education Advisers are pleased to offer impartial advice to parents, based on our many years’ experience of assisting families find places for their children at IB private schools. The first consultation of up to 30 minutes, normally by telephone or Zoom/Skype, is entirely free of charge and without obligation. For those parents with children aiming to start the IBDP, please be aware that the choice of the six DP subjects is critical in applying to top universities. Should you subsequently choose to use our full advice and placement service we will be pleased to provide you with our terms and conditions.

Free Information about The IB and Schools

Go to the Resources section for profiles of IB schools and lots of free information about choosing an IB school and selecting the best curriculum in the 6th form. We also invite you to download copies of our free eGuides.

This site is operated by Education Advisers Limited, who specialise in providing advice to parents and students on choice of independent schools and colleges. You can find out more about us here and please do visit our other sites...




This website is written and published by Education Advisers Ltd. It is nothing to do with nor approved nor endorsed by the International Baccalaureate Organisation, which devises and licenses the IB curriculums to IB member schools..

The content and opinions belong to Education Advisers Ltd based on its own experience and research in the public domain.

The league tables are not based on any information supplied by the IBO. Much of it comes directly from information provided by IB schools. We do not undertake to provide details of all IB schools in our rankings or database. In particular we do not cover state (free) schools or schools which do not teach in English, in which case you are advised to use the IBO’s own website for your search. If a school declines to reveal its results, then typically we do not recommend it, nor include in our searchable database.

The IB is a world class international curriculum which we like to recommend. However, our aim is always to provide the best fit for our client’s children, which means we may recommend other curriculums not offered by IB schools. Our sister website www.best-schools.co.uk contains a wealth of information about other curriculums.

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