The Regent’s International School Pre-IB programme
The Regent’s International School Pre-IB programme offers new students the opportunity to prepare for the IB Diploma. This programme is specifically designed for a student that is shown to have the ability and potential to be successful in the IB Diploma. However, they may lack the language and literacy skills in English to fully access the IB course, or may not have completed the first year of the IGCSE programme.
The Pre-IB Programme is a personalised intensive course that follows the second year of IGCSE. It is specifically adapted to the interests and needs of the individual student.
Typically, the programme has an emphasis on furthering a student’s literacy skills in English. It aims to ensure that by the end of the year students are at intermediate level in English and have become more able and confident in reading, writing, speaking and listening in English.
The programme also emphasises skills in
- ICT and digital literacy
as well as approaches to learning that are aligned to the IB Diploma
- Collaboration and interdependence
- Critical thinking
- Creativity and resourcefulness
Students must select subjects from the six subject areas of the IB Diploma; choosing across the subject range means that students will be well prepared for the IB Diploma course.
All Pre-IB students must study
- English: First or Second Language
- At least one Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Other subjects offered include:
- Humanities: Geography, History, Business, Global Perspectives
- Languages: Thai, Chinese, Mandarin
- Arts: Drama, Music, Art and Design
In addition, through the year, students are provided extra time for independent study as well as extra lessons in English.
At the beginning of Term 2, Year 11, students can decide on whether they are to be entered for the IGCSE exams in May/June. This decision will be based on discussions with subject teachers, parents and the Key Stage 4 Coordinator.
Generally, a student is expected to pass 5 IGCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths. However, the school will also consider other indicators such as feedback from subject teachers, progress in English and information from cognitive ability tests (CATS4).
Through the Pre-IB programme, we also encourage students to develop skills that will enable them to become responsible and confident young adults. We provide a number of opportunities both through the formal curriculum and beyond the curriculum. Participation in House and inter-school competitions are encouraged, as are enrichment, service and extra-curricular activities such as the International Award, MUN, Outward Bounds trip and sports, music, art and drama activities.
The strong emphasis on academic rigour as well as on wellbeing and citizenship will mean that students are well prepared for the IB Diploma and university. This balanced approach is a core element of our mission in supporting students to become well rounded leaders for the future.