International Baccalaureate PYP

IBPYP with Primary Years Programme (PYP)

St Columba's is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme and pursuing authorisation as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophya commitment to improving the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high-quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.

** *Only schools authorised by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit

**Mission Statement from the IB The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end, the organisation works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

As a PYP candidate school, St Columba's encourages and supports all members of our school community to become life-long learners who are actively striving to embody the IB learner profile. The IB learner profile is aspirational and describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond just academic success. It is made up of the following 10 attributes:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

What our parents & students say

"One of the many aspects I love about our school is that the teachers really know my children. Not just by name but them as an individual, any learning difficulties they may be having and their individual learning."

Parent of Year 4 Student