IB Diploma Programme Authorisation: A Message from the Headmaster - Cranbrook School

IB Diploma Programme Authorisation: A Message from the Headmaster

13 Aug 20 by Nicholas Sampson, Headmaster

IB Diploma Programme Authorisation


I am delighted to inform you that earlier today we received the formal authorisation that Cranbrook School can now offer the IB Diploma Programme as an alternative curriculum pathway for students in Years 11 and 12. As of today, we are an authorised IB World School for the Diploma Programme.

This is an immensely exciting step for Cranbrook School as the IB Diploma is considered one of the world’s best pre-university credentials. It is taught in 150 countries and in more than 5000 schools. Cranbrook Diploma students, therefore, will be offered the opportunity to join a truly global academic community.

As an IB World School we are now part of a world-wide community of schools committed to developing knowledgeable, caring young people who will be ready to negotiate their futures successfully whilst making contributions towards a more peaceful world. The IB aspires to help schools develop well-rounded students who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind, are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating our common humanity and are prepared to apply what they learn in real world, complex and unpredictable situations. The IB Diploma is not just an academic programme as it encourages experiential learning and equips students with the skills required for tertiary education through promoting a spirit of intellectual inquiry.

So far we have had between 25 and 30 Year 10 students express their keen interest in following this pathway. They will commence their IB Diploma studies from Term 1 2021.

As a School we have seen the wonderful outcomes from the PYP programme, which has been implemented in our Pre-Schools and Junior School educational programmes from 2010 and the MYP programmes, with accreditation received in 2018: now the IB Diploma Programme will add to this suite of accreditations as we officially become an IB Continuum School. Cranbrook has therefore embraced the philosophies of the IB for a number of years and this authorisation has ensured we are the first major Sydney Independent School to become an IB Continuum School, and one of just a small group of other schools in NSW to hold this accreditation.

I should like to express my sincerest gratitude and congratulations to our Director of Academics, Nick Jolly, and our IB Diploma Programme Coordinator, Nick Hanrahan, who have worked tirelessly with their teams to facilitate this authorisation in what has been a tumultuous few months.

This is a vital and impressive step towards enabling us to deliver our vision to be a genuinely world class school and continue to support our students on their journey to explore, enjoy and fulfil their potential.