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Academic Integrity

Assessment is a central component of the IB Diploma Programme. The Assessment Policies detail the rationale for and the types of assessment that can be used over the two years of the programme. In order to have an equal and fair system of assessment it is vital that a culture of academic integrity pervades all modes of instruction and assessment throughout the programme. The principles of academic integrity will be taught to  students throughout the programme.

One of the qualities espoused by the IB Learner Profile is principled. Staff, students and parents must adopt a principled approach when any piece of work is submitted for assessment. They must be honest in claiming what is their work and what is not. Violation of this academic integrity policy is a serious offence which can ultimately lead to students not being awarded grades in one or all of their IB subjects.

Academic integrity

Academic integrity is a guiding principle in education and a choice to act in a responsible way whereby others can have trust in us as individuals. It is the foundation for ethical decision-making and behaviour in the production of legitimate, authentic and honest scholarly work. - IB Academic Integrity policy October 2019

The purpose of our Academic Integrity Policy is to

  • Educate the members of the College community on academic integrity.
  • Promote a culture of academic integrity.
  • Give examples of academic dishonesty and how to prevent and detect it.
  • Detail the individual responsibilities of students, parents, teachers and the school in promoting academic honesty.
  • Detail the sanctions for breaches of the policy.

Students, parents and staff should ensure they have read and fully understand this policy. 

The College have published a list of academic deadlines for 6IB students which they are expected to adhere to. If students are having any difficulty meeting these deadlines they should speak to their teacher/form teacher/ IB Coordinator or Guidance Counsellor. It is important for the wellbeing of students that they do not fall behind in 6th year but we also understand that individual students may have differing demands on their time so speaking to the IB team is vital if this is the case.  

Citing and referencing are very important in the IB and the IBO have produced their own guide on this topic. 


IB Publications on Academic Integrity include:

Academic Integrity in the IB Educational Context