Academic Excellence

International Baccalaureate programmes

The International Baccalaureate is an internationally accredited education programme which aims to ‘develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect’. (IB Mission Statement 2014).

St Andrew’s Cathedral School currently offers the IB Diploma Programme in Years 11 and 12. The IB Middle Years Programme was introduced for all Year 7 students in 2016 and the first Year 10 cohort will graduate in 2019. The Middle Years Programme prepares students well for both the IB Diploma Programme and the NSW Higher School Certificate.

IB Middle Years Programme

The IB MYP is an internationally accredited framework for learning which is specifically designed for students aged 11 to 16 and caters for their particular learning needs and styles during this stage of life. Students continue to follow the content of NSW Syllabuses while the IB MYP provides the educational framework in which it is taught. It is inclusive in nature, providing for all students, including gifted and talented and those needing support.

As the culmination of the students’ final year of the MYP, they undertake an independent ‘Personal Project’, which is a significant piece of work that reflects the student’s own initiative and creativity. The project requires research and the creation of a product with supporting documentation. Examples of this have been the creation of a garden, a website regarding ways to save power or the writing of a novel. This rewarding project gives students an opportunity to research an area of passion that may not have been covered in their school subjects.

For more insights about the benefits of the Middle Years Programme, read this recent Sydney Morning Herald article, quoting our Director of Learning (Middle School) – Kate Layhe.

IB Diploma Programme

The IB Diploma Programme was introduced to St Andrew’s Cathedral School in 2009 as a way to further expand the academic choice available to Year 11 and 12 Senior College students.

Students who choose to embark on the IB Diploma Programme complete six subjects, an Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, Activity and Service. Students choose one subject from Groups 1 to 5. The sixth subject comes from either Group 2, 3, 4 or 6.

  • Group 1: (Studies in Language and Literature): Language A: Literature and Literature and Language (English)
  • Group 2: (Language Acquisition): Japanese ab initio SL (Beginners), Spanish ab initio SL, Chinese B SL, French B SL, Spanish B SL
  • Group 3: (Individuals and Societies): Business Management, Environmental Systems and Societies (Groups 3 and 4), Global Politics, History, Philosophy, Psychology
  • Group 4: (Sciences): Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design Technology, Environmental Systems and Societies  (Groups 3 and 4), Sports Exercise Health Science and Physics
  • Group 5: (Mathematics): Mathematics HL, Mathematics SL and Mathematical Studies SL
  • Group 6: (The Arts): Music, Theatre, Visual Arts

Students also have the option of studying one of their subjects via Pamoja Education (an online course), or studying a language not on offer at SACS with an outside tutor.

For further information regarding the IB Middle Years Programme or Diploma Programme, please follow the link,

Find out why the IB Diploma Programme is the ideal preparation for university in the IB booklet attached below.
IB Diploma: Making the Choice.pdf