In the Prep School, students continue to study the Primary Years Programme, the first of four in the International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum. As a framework, it encourages students to think critically and challenge assumptions; uses complex, real life examples to underpin knowledge and skills; motivates students to steer their learning; and develops well-rounded students who can collaborate effectively and act ethically.

IB Programmes

IB programmes encourage both personal development and academic achievement, challenging students to think creatively, to ask the right questions and think across disciplines. An IB education also fosters diversity, curiosity and an appetite for learning.

International-mindedness sits at the core of the IB and is reflected in its mission statement. Our students are growing up in a truly global society and we want them to be engaged in the community, possess a global mindset and understand other people’s points of view.


IB is well known to us for excellent preparations. Success in an IB program correlates well with success at Harvard. We are always pleased to see the credentials of the IB Diploma Programme on the transcript.
Marilyn McGrath Lewis, Director of Undergraduate Admission Harvard University
As a parent, it’s been very exciting to have been involved right from the start with the move to the IB curriculum at St George’s. You can really see the students responding positively to the changes. My son, who’s now in year 4, seems much more content, very interested in all aspects of school life and is always ready to share information he’s learned.
St George’s Parent
An IB education provides students distinct advantages as they enter a world where asking the right questions is as important as discovering answers.
William Goldsmith. Head St George’s School Windsor Castle
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The IB Primary Years Programme:

  • Addresses students’ academic, social and emotional well-being
  • Provides a learner-centred framework
  • Encourages students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning
  • Supports students’ efforts to gain understanding of the world and to function comfortably within it
  • Helps students establish personal values as a foundation upon which international-mindedness will develop and flourish
  • Provides students with opportunities to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Encourages international-mindedness through deep inquiry into both local and global perspectives

Learn more about the Primary Years Programme at St George’s

St George’s Learner Profile


We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.
We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.
We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.
We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination, we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives – intellectual, physical, and emotional – to achieve wellbeing for ourselves and others. We recognise our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.
We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others in the world around us.
We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.