The IB Learner Profile

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The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

The IB aims to develop learners who are:

Inquirers
They nurture their curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. They know how to learn independently and with others. They learn with enthusiasm and sustain their love of learning throughout life.
Knowledgeable
They develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. They engage with issues and ideas that have local and global signifi­cance.
Thinkers
They use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. They exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
Communicators
They express themselves con­fidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. They collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
Principled
They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. They take responsibility for their actions and consequences.
Open-minded
They critically appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. They seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
Caring
They show empathy, compassion and respect. They have a commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.
Risk-takers
They approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; they work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. They are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
Balanced
They understand the importance of balancing different aspects of their lives – intellectual, physical, and emotional – to achieve well-being for themselves and others. They recognise their interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.
Reflective
They thoughtfully consider the world and their own ideas and experience. They work to understand their strengths and weaknesses in order to support their learning and personal development.
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IB Learner Spotlight

Hear from students who embody the qualities of the IB Learner and find out about their experience at school. 

“I’d say the best thing about the IB is the way that it pushes you to do more. Although I do have a passion for history, I don’t think I would have made space for it outside of school without the IB. It really pushes you to find new hobbies and have fun with your passions in an academic way.

What I appreciate most about our school is the freedom we have to explore our own interests. Even though I don’t study history, my Extended Essay focused on the topic ‘To what extent did the Sierra Leone relocation scheme fail due to ignorance?’. I chose this essay to delve into a subject outside my studies. The IB provides this opportunity, allowing us to choose intriguing topics beyond our main disciplines.

I hope to explore my own interests outside of my working life, in a similar way that I have been able to during my time at school.”

Anwar
Year 13

Where next?

Sixth Form

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Sixth Form Enrichment

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