International Baccalaureate

From 2021, we will offer all Sixth Form students a choice between two rigorous and well-regarded programmes, the International Baccalaureate (IB) and A-Levels.

We believe this meaningful choice will help to enthuse, motivate and inspire students, allowing them to decide which route will best suit their interests and future aspirations.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme promotes both academic depth and breadth. It develops a strong understanding of the major academic disciplines, promotes cross-disciplinary thinking, and encourages a wide variety of academic and strategic skills. 

For A-Levels, students can choose from  26 subjects allowing them to focus on the subjects they are most interested in and to develop specialised knowledge and skills.

The two different routes offer an exciting choice but all students are very much part of one Sixth Form. All Sixth Form students benefit from our fantastic Collingwood (Sixth Form) Centre, our Temple Reading Room (library), including access to the support of our Head of Library and Research and her team, alongside our culture of intellectual curiosity, rigour and success. Furthermore all our Sixth Form students are based in Houses that contain students taking both IB and A-Level courses, and all participate in our sports, community service, music, drama and creative programmes. Finally, every member of the Sixth Form benefits from opportunities to lead and to enrich their lives through House, co-curricular, and academic enrichment activities.

Please click here to find out more about our Sixth Form Curriculum.


Rugby School is a candidate school* for the Diploma Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students. * Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes visit
Rugby School intends to complete the process of authorization by September 2020 a year in advance of our planned first teaching cohort starting the diploma in September 2021. 

COVID-19 Update

In view of the fast-moving situation regarding the impact of the COVID-19 virus, the Executive Leadership closed Rugby School and Bilton Grange sites from 18.00 on 17 March.

Plans are in place to teach students remotely until the leadership team is in a position to confidently re-open the School sites.