St George’s School Windsor Castle is set to become the first standalone UK Prep School to be an IB World School, offering the Primary Years Programme. This is part of an innovative 3-13 learner journey incorporating the Pre-Senior Baccalaureate.

Recognising the need to reimagine education and to prepare pupils to become Real World Ready, the school is embarking on a period of transformational and sector-leading change. St George’s School Windsor Castle is a candidate school for the PYP and is pursuing authorisation as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education – that we believe is important for our students.

As part of a unique learner journey for the girls and boys aged 3-13, the Primary Years Programme will be adopted as a high quality and progressive framework from Reception to Year 6. Pupils will then move to a dedicated Years 7 and 8 centre for their Senior Prep years, where the Pre-Senior Baccalaureate is used as an assessment framework for a range of leading senior schools. 

St George’s School Windsor Castle, founded in 1348 to educate the choristers of St George’s Chapel, is rooted in a rich heritage, but contemporary in outlook. By developing a love of inquiry in its broadest sense, a genuine passion for learning and international mindedness, this progressive approach will ensure the girls and boys are ready to meet the global opportunities and challenges that await them beyond school. Together with our membership of Round Square, and commitment to High Performance Learning, St George’s is creating an exciting and innovative learner journey from 3-13.

What is the International Baccalaureate? 

The IB (International Baccalaureate) is a highly distinctive and regarded curriculum used by innovative and leading schools around the world. Comprised of four programmes as a continuum from aged 3-18, the IB encourages both personal development and academic achievement. An IB education fosters diversity, curiosity and a life-long appetite for learning.

It is different from other curricula in that transdisciplinary learning (linking subjects together ) sits at the heart of the approach, alongside a deep conceptualised understanding. International mindedness is key to the IB philosophy where children develop an understanding of other people’s views.   

Why is St George’s moving to an IB curriculum?

We have spent the last two years considering the very best approach to enable our pupils to become real world ready. In a world where asking the right question is now as important as seeking the right answers, we want to lead the way in curriculum change.

Our pupils will grow up with the opportunity to break down cultural and geographic borders like no previous generation have been able to, and therefore need a very special set of competencies, skills and mindsets to thrive in a global world. The pandemic has sharpened this belief, and we passionately believe this is the right pathway for pupils.

What are the benefits for my children?

The pupils at St George’s will develop even more of an interest and engagement in their learning. They will see connections that they haven’t been able to before, and see an increased culture of experimentation and making mistakes as key to the learning process. Pupils will be prepared for the real world where information can be accessed extremely quickly, and where ethical and social responsibility is key to a better world.

Through an inquiry-led learning process, pupils develop a deep appreciation of critical thinking, they will be able to link their learning to the real world, build connections and themes that transcend subject areas. Pupils will develop their thinking, research and social skills, which in turn, will develop confidence and self-esteem; empowering pupils to take charge of their learning.

How do the destination senior schools view IB?

We have relationships with over 60 senior schools, both locally and nationally, and there is real excitement about our bold and courageous decision which puts the children first and enables them to develop a love of inquiry and learning. When pupils leave St George’s, they will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to make connections, think critically and steer their learning – all attributes that senior schools look for.

The IB mission statement:

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) offers an international education through four challenging, high-quality programmes for children aged 3-19. It aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through inter-cultural understanding and respect.

To flourish in an exciting and internationally minded world children need to develop the right knowledge and skills, but, crucially, need to ask the right questions.

Continuing to develop, rather than squash, curiosity lies at the heart of our new 3-13 learner continuum, where the International Baccalaureate and our Years 7 and 8 PSB programme nurtures global thinking and develops passion and purpose.

Our reimagined learner journey from 3-13 at St George’s is sector leading, and combines a powerful fusion of knowledge, mindset and skills to enable our girls and boys to succeed at senior school and beyond, equipped with a new way of thinking.

This is Real World Ready!


William Goldsmith

Head Master, St George's School Windsor Castle

Introducing the IB at St George’s. Click the image below to learn about our new approach.

For further information on the Real World Ready Strategy please contact the Head, William Goldsmith, [email protected] to find out more.

Video presentation introducing the Primary Years Programme.

Parent presentation – supporting slides.