The International Baccalaureate is an international qualification for students Preschool through to Year 13. The International Baccalaureate (IB) programme is taught in more than 4000 schools worldwide and 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 World School

Queen Margaret College is an IB World School and is authorised to teach:

  • Primary Years Programme (PYP): For students aged 3 to 12, which focuses on the development of the whole child in the classroom and in the world outside.
  • Middle Years Programme (MYP): For students aged 11 to 16, which provides a framework of academic challenge and like skills through embracing and transcending traditional school subjects.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD): For students aged 16 to 19 and it is a two year programme that meets the need of motivated students and leads to a qualification that is recognised by leading universities around the world.

IB Learner Profile

At the heart of the IB is the “learner profile”, a long term, holistic vision of education that underpins all three programmes and puts the student at the centre of everything we do at Queen Margaret College. The learner profile is the IB mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes. It describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success.

The profile aims to develop learners who are:



We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.



We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.



We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.



We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.



We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.



Our girls become confident, principled women who make a difference in the modern world



We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.



We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.



We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.



We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.