IB Philosophy

The vision and values of the International Baccalaureate provide the engine which drives the school and has done since 1977 when the Anglo became the first state school to offer the IB Diploma in the Sixth Form. We added the International Baccalaureate Career Programme to our Sixth Form curriculum in 2010, again the first state school in the country to do so.

IB learners strive to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, openminded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective. These attributes represent a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond intellectual development and academic success. This is the IB’s educational philosophy.


The aim of all IB programmes within the school is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity, develop globally minded citizens who understand, that others, with their differences and opinions, can also be right.

The International Baccalaureate philosophy aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

All students study two foreign languages at Key Stage 3 and GSCE and at least one in the 6th form. Eight languages are offered (English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Arabic, Japanese, Chinese) and English is taught as an additional language by specialists.

Our unrivalled International Visits Programme gives students opportunities to truly embed fluency in the languages studied and to foster an appreciation of the culture and heritage of the countries visited. 

Our differences in terms of languages spoken, heritage, religions and cultures are celebrated and appreciated through events throughout the year such as International Day and our Eisteddfod.

Our ambition for every student is that they become active learners who can empathise and pursue lives of purpose and meaning, through principled action and commitment to service at both a local and global level.

It is a programme which is recognised the world over and sets our own students apart here in England.

Anglo IB Programmes

Core Learning: to provide a balanced academic programme which avoids over–specialisation but does not sacrifice depth to breadth. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum (including two foreign languages at Key Stage 3 and GCSE and at least one language component in the Sixth Form).

Personal Development: At Anglo, this includes Work Experience; Visits & Exchanges; Enrichment Days; Model United Nations; Giving Nation; Extra-Curricular clubs; Creativity-Action-Service; Eisteddfod; School Production, AM School, Anglo Garden Project.

CAS: Participate in a range of Creative, Activity and Community Services.

Personal Project: This could be through the personal project in KS3, Extended Essay (IB), Extended Project Qualification (A Level), Reflective Project (IBCP).

Theory Of Knowledge: Follow the Theory of Knowledge course which encourages logical, critical and philosophical thought.

Approaches to Learning: This is taught explicitly in Year 7 and embedded throughout the rest of the curriculum where students learn research and referencing, presentation, communication and oracy skills.