LAB16 is part of Leigh Academy Blackheath, an IB World School. We are proud to offer the IB Diploma and IB Careers-related programmes. LAB16 will be based at our brand new purpose-built campus in Blackheath, which is easily accessible by public transport for students across central and SE London, NW Kent and surrounding boroughs.

Apply to LAB16 for September 2024 take a look at our prospectus take a look at the Post-16 subjects


I am proud to be the inaugural leader of LAB16 and am delighted that our sixth form  will be delivering both the IB Diploma (DP) and Careers Related (CP) Programmes .  We are one of only a handful of  non selective state comprehensive schools to deliver the IB MYP, DP and CP together, and the only DP provider in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.  The IB programmes of study are globally recognised for their educational excellence, and are highly favoured by universities across the UK and beyond.

If you are interested in studying at LAB16, please take a look at our website or contact me directly for further information: LAB16@leighacademyblackheath.org.uk

To find out more about the Diploma and Careers-related programmes, please watch the videos on this page. To find out about our course offering and why to study with the IB, please take a look at our course guide. Links and guides on how to apply to LAB16 are on this page. 

Mr D Vaughan | Head of Post-16

A Global education on your doorstep

LAB16 is a values driven community.  Everything we do, and strive to achieve, starts with our 5 core values: Respect, Integrity, Scholarship, Ambition, and Resilience.

As an IB World School these values are inextricably linked to the IB Learner Profile, a range of human attributes which go beyond academic success and form the foundation of the IB ethos.  These attributes are not only valuable assets for any individual to acquire, but they are key behaviours and attitudes keenly sought out by university admissions teams and employers alike.

The IB Learner Profile

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.

We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

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.

International Baccalaureate

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 establishments 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.

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org

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Our P16 curriculum is broad and offers students the opportunity to study a range of subjects in preparation for whichever pathway they choose after leaving school.  Both the DP and CP options offer opportunities for students to study higher and standard level IB courses.

Take a look at our Post-16 subjects
The IB Diploma Programme The IB Careers-related Programme

An IB education at Post 16