Welcome to the website of The Codrington School, The International School of Barbados. I am delighted that you have taken the time to make a virtual visit to our school. We feel that we are very special; the only school in Barbados to offer all three world-renowned International Baccalaureate Programmes and one of only 204 globally.
The Codrington School is an exciting and interesting place for children to grow and learn; with students and professional families from more than 30 different nations, it makes for a very diverse and multi-cultural community. Small class sizes, good facilities, supportive parents and motivated students help create a positive learning environment in the classroom; a place where students can achieve their potential.
I trust this site will offer helpful insights about The Codrington School whether you are presently a member of the Codrington community, anticipating a move to Barbados or a Barbadian family considering enrollment at The Codrington School, or are just seeking data about excellent international schools.
In this brief space, I cannot adequately articulate all the wonderful opportunities available at The Codrington School, The International School of Barbados. I invite you to peruse our website, visit or campus, or knock on my door to learn more about our school. Together we can make a positive impact on our students’ learning and development.
We are an IB World School
To be an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School means that The Codrington School, The International School of Barbados has adopted and successfully demonstrated a commitment towards meeting all the standards, practices, and requirements in developing each programme as stipulated by the IBO. By committing to this framework, the school is in turn supported by the IBO to ensure high quality delivery and fidelity in the implementation of its programmes. IBO support covers four main areas: authorization and evaluation; training and professional development; assessment; and curriculum.
The structure of the IB programmes are designed to provide all students with common understandings of key terms and tenets, while allowing schools to creatively use their resources to provide experiences that meet the needs of their student body. Not all IB schools look and feel the same around the globe; however, students in IB schools do gain a shared awareness of what it means, for example, to be internationally-minded, to value and cultivate human ingenuity, to hone and make use of transdisciplinary skills, to approach learning with attitudes that yield optimum results, and to assess one’s learning in a myriad of ways.
The IB provides extensive workshops on all aspects of the consideration and implementation of its programmes, whether it be the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (DP). As part of the authorization requirements, schools are obligated by the IBO to support IB recognized professional development opportunities for their staff, aimed at ensuring excellence in the execution of its programme.
Visit the Learning section on this website to find out more about the IB programmes at The Codrington School, The International School of Barbados.
The mission of The Codrington School is to empower all children and adults within the community to become internationally-minded learners who embrace and respect academic excellence and a love of life-long learning and who exemplify the traits of the IB learner profile.
We believe that The Codrington School is a community of internationally-minded learners, both Barbadian and foreign and both children and adults, which is committed to the success of each individual child, according to that child’s age, aptitudes and abilities, whilst developing in each person the qualities outlined in the International Baccalaureate learner profile.
We further believe that all students at the school should be offered the opportunity to learn in an atmosphere of trust, security and high educational standards, without either the threat of or recourse to corporal punishment, which will enable them to be well educated in all disciplines offered by the school, whether curricular or enrichment activities.
Why Choose Codrington?
As an international school, Codrington offers three International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes and shares the IB mission “to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”
- At Codrington, students don’t just study the world. They are learning to thrive in it.
- They achieve a global perspective that values differences and diversity.
- They are engaged in a challenging academic program that includes acquiring a second language in an open-minded and intercultural environment.
- We don’t just prepare students for college. We give them the intellectual and cultural confidence to succeed in a globally connected world.
- The Diploma Programme prepares students to excel in higher education and beyond.
- Fully qualified and experienced in their respective fields, Codrington faculty members come to us from six continents, bringing best practices in international education to our campus. All are IB-trained, most are multilingual with advanced degrees, and many have taught at leading schools around the world.
- Now more than ever, education must prepare students to succeed in a globally connected and interdependent world. At Codrington, we provide students with the necessary tools – the knowledge, skills and perspective they’ll need to learn, grow and thrive.
How do you measure success? For Codrington this is the daily development of each student -socially, emotionally and academically – helping students to reach their personal optimum potential in a globally interconnected world.
Being a small school we see and take note of how each student:
- grows in stature and confidence during the school year
- develops skills which take their learning to new levels
- learns to advocate their views and thoughts in a manner that ensures respect for others and their perspectives
Much of this is encompassed within our Learner Profile
The high standard of teaching and learning promoted at Codrington ensure our students are prepared to compete in an ever changing world.
A snapshot reflecting the academic success of the Diploma Program graduates can be seen below.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Results 2019
Our IB Diploma candidates from the class of 2019 achieved a mean IB Diploma score of 29.875 compared to the world average of 29 points (out of a maximum of 45). The average IB Diploma pass rate for the Class of 2019 was 100%, compared to a world average of approximately 78.4%.
For May 2019:
- Class of 2019 pass rate was 100% (world average was 78.4%)
- The average score for successful IB Diploma recipients was 29.875 whereas the world average is 29
International Baccalaureate Diploma Results 2018
Our IB Diploma candidates from the class of 2018 achieved a mean IB Diploma score of 30.75 compared to the world average of 29 points (out of a maximum of 45). The average IB Diploma pass rate for the Class of 2018 was 100%, compared to a world average of approximately 78.4%.
For May 2018:
- The Class of 2018 was our largest graduation class to date with 17 students.
- Class of 2018 pass rate was 100% (world average was 78.4%)
- The average score for successful IB Diploma recipients was 30.75 whereas the world average is 29.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Results 2017
Our IB Diploma candidates from the class of 2017 achieved a mean IB Diploma score of 35.75 compared to the world average of around 30 points (out of a maximum of 45). The average IB Diploma pass rate for was 100% and the compared to a world average of approximately 78.4%.
For May 2017:
- Class of 2017 pass rate was 100% (world average was 78.4%)The average score for successful IB Diploma recipients was 35.75 whereas the world average is 29.87
- 2 students achieved a score of 43 out of 45 possible points (only achieved by 2.5% of all who sit the full Diploma)
- 100% of students scored more than 30 points (world average is 60%)
- 85% of the results were scores of 5, 6 or 7 (7 being the highest score)
- 83.3% of courses scored above the respective world average
- Overall the average score for each IB Course was 5.79
International Baccalaureate Diploma Results 2013-19
- The school has achieved a 100% pass rate in the IB Diploma in 5 out of the last 6 years
- All students have gone on to the Universities of their choice
- Pass rate over this period 94% (world average was 79.4%)
- The average score for successful IB Diploma recipients over this period was 32.26 whereas the world average is 29.2
Graduating from The Codrington School and the IB allows students to make international applications that are recognised and highly regarded by all universities across the globe.
Many of our students secure places, including scholarships, at top universities around the world. They have gone on to follow their passions, studying in the UK, USA, Canada, Netherlands, Spain, Italy and Barbados. Please click here to see the final destinations of our recent graduates.
Imperial College London
University of Bath
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
University of East Anglia
Queen Mary, University of London
George Washington University
University of Tampa
University of Miami
University of South Florida
Lynn Bocaraton University
Gwinnett School of Dentistry
American University of Paris
University of Waterloo
University of Toronto
University of Ontario
University of Niagara
University of British Columbia
IE Business School
Universidad de Navarra
University College, The Hague
University of Amsterdam
University of Hamburg
University of Wroclaw
International Baccalaureate Organization
The Codrington School, The International School of Barbados is an IB World School and is authorized to offer all 3 International Baccalaureate Programmes: Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), and the Diploma Programme (DP) To find out more about the International Baccalaureate Organisation and the IB programmes, please visit the IBO website.
Under the Education Act (1981) The Codrington School is an approved school here in Barbados; this approval was granted by the Ministry of Education & Human Resources.
Council of International Schools (CIS)
The Codrington School, The International School of Barbados is a member of the Council of International Schools. The Council of International Schools is a premier worldwide accreditation organisation for international schools. Full details on the Council of International Schools can be found on their website www.cois.org.
European Council of International Schools (ECIS)
The Codrington School, The International School of Barbados is a member of the European Council of International Schools. The European Council of International Schools is the leading collaborative global network promoting and supporting the ideals and best practices of international education Full details on the European Council of International Schools can be found on their website www.ecis.org
Board of Trustees
The Codrington School, the International School of Barbados, is a charitable trust. There are currently five trustees, Mrs. Sylvia Johnson, Elliot Mottley KCMG, Q.C., LL.D., Mr. John Cole,Mr. Tony Troulan and Mr. Roger Peel
Board of Governors
The governors are responsible to the trustees for the governance of the school. There are currently seven governors: Mr. Ralph Adams; Mrs. Rain Chandler; Mrs. Sylvia Johnson; Ms. Zarina Khan; Mrs. Gina Staffner, Mr. Ryan Pannell and the US Ambassdor, Linda Taglialatela.
The school is administered by a principal, who reports directly to the board of governors at regular meetings. The board of governors has committed to him all operations of the school, including educational and business operations. The principal is supported in the overall administration of the school by the heads of the primary and secondary schools, the director of admissions and the business manager. The current principal is Mr. Darryl Brown.
Parents Teachers and Friends Association (PTA)
The PTA has a committee which is elected annually and is responsible for organizing meetings and events of general educational interest and fund raising. It is also responsible for supporting school functions and organizing school photographs.
The secondary school is sub-divided into a middle school (MYP one through five) and an upper school (DP one and DP two). The head of the secondary school is responsible for supervising the academic progress and general pastoral direction of the students in MYP one through DP two. The primary school is divided into an early years school (PYP one through PYP four) and a junior school (PYP five through PYP eight). The head of the primary school is responsible for supervising the academic progress and general pastoral direction of the students in the primary school.
The Codrington School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, which is authorized to offer the IB’s Primary Years Programme, the IB’s Middle Year Programme and IB’s Diploma Programme. The school is also a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the European Council of International Schools (ECIS).
The School Board at The Codrington School, The International School of Barbados is responsible for setting strategic direction, approving the annual budget and appointing the principal. The daily running of the school is administered by the principal, together with the faculty and support staff.The school board consists of six members and the principal as an “ex officio” member and meet six to seven times a year. The members of the Board of The Codrington School, The International School of Barbados are:
MRS. RAIN CHANDLER (CHAIR)
Rain Chandler is a Barbadian who was educated at The Codrington School (1963 – 1970). She lived in St Lucia and the UK before returning to Barbados where she lives and works as an entrepreneur; with experience in retail, hospitality, manufacturing and tourism. Rain and her husband John currently own and manage their event management business at Lancaster Great House. She has been a board member since 2005 and her grand-daughter is a pupil at The Codrington School. Rain was a PTA Executive member for six years. “I have championed the international baccalaureate and its philosophy. It has changed our teaching methods and today we are creating open-minded, balanced, principled, caring, knowledgeable world citizens, risk takers and leaders for the future. I believe it is important that this outstanding education is available to both Barbadian and international children.”
MRS. SYLVIA JOHNSON
Johnson is the owner and director of ‘English in Barbados at Codrington Language Centre’. She is a British educationalist and linguist who came to live in Barbados in 1972. She is qualified in business management and has owned and run business ventures for over forty years.She has a teacher training certificate from Matlock Teacher Training College in Derbyshire, England and is TOEFL qualified. She is qualified to teach French, Spanish and English as a Second Language. She has been involved in education for forty-five years.Sylvia is a former teacher and principal and current governor and chairman of the board of trustees of The Codrington International School, Barbados, an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, which offers all three IB programmes.
MS. ZARINA KHAN
Zarina Khan is an Attorney-at law who has been practicing in Barbados for 20 years. Her practice Prospect Chambers specializes in Corporate, Commercial Law, Financing, Family law and Copyright. She has three children and have been working closely with the school since her two oldest children joined the in 2008 two of whom have since graduated and are at different Universities in Spain. Her youngest child is now in MYP. Zarina has been a Board member since 2012 and is passionately committed to the development and implementation of the IB principals within the School and to ensure delivery of a well-rounded education to all of our students.
MR. RALPH ADAMS
Ralph was born and raised in Barbados. He attended the St Augustine Campus at the University of the West Indies and received his Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering in 1982. Ralph has over thirty years of successful leadership on a diverse range of construction projects in Barbados and the wider Caribbean. Throughout the years he has demonstrated strong dynamic visualization and critical thinking skills. This coupled with his multidisciplinary approach to providing innovative and effective solutions to complex problems have been the basis of his success.
Ralph first became familiar with the principles and values of the IB system in 2007 and currently has three children attending Codrington School. He is pleased to share his expertise with the Codrington community and is deeply committed to the schools ideals, physical development and academic growth.
MS. GINA STAFFNER
Gina Staffner is a Barbadian. She is an accountant with over 20 years experience and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados. Gina worked for Ernst & Young in the auditing department for four years and occasionally assisted in the tax department. She then transferred to Ernst & Young Trust Corporation where she spent eight years managing the client accounting department. She currently runs her own firm providing accounting services to a wide variety of clients.
Gina became associated with the school in 2010 when she was hired as a consultant to work with the administrative office of the school. Gina has been on the Board of The Codrington School since early 2013.
Sally Cox holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of the West Indies and a Master of Laws in Commercial Law from the University of London. Sally Cox is admitted to the British Virgin Islands Bar, the Barbados Bar and the St. Kitts and Nevis Bar. Ms. Cox lectured at the H.L. Stoutt Community College in Business Law and the Corporate Administration of BVI Companies during the early part of her career. Sally Cox is a seasoned attorney with over 25 years of legal experience in a wide range of non-contentious corporate and commercial matters. This experience has provided her with a unique perspective and ability to handle complex legal matters and she is known for finding creative solutions to complicated legal situations. She has been recognized over the years by global ranking institutions as a leading lawyer. Sally has been made up as partner in three prominent BVI law firms with global footprints. She has been the Managing Director of a financial services provider for several years and has also held the positions of Compliance Officer and Deputy Money Laundering Reporting Officer. Sally has been a member of the PTA since 2013 and her two children attended Codrington from September 2012 until June 2020 when one child graduated. She still has one child in MYP. Sally is committed to the Codrington community and the goals and ideals of the school.
MS. LINDA TAGLIALATELA (EX OFFICIO)
Linda Taglialatela, is the United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. A native of New York, Ms. Taglialatela attended the State University of New York in Oneonta, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Two years later, she earned her Master of Business Administration degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Previously Ms. Taglialatela has served as Management Counselor at the United States Embassy in Bern, Switzerland and Director of the Office of Resource Management and Organization Analysis in the Bureau of Human Resources in Washington In 2016 she began her role as Ambassador to Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
MR. DARRYL BROWN (EX OFFICIO)
We’ve been building a reputation for excellence for over a century. Founded in 1917, we were one of the premier institutions for secondary education in the Caribbean, educating girls from throughout the region in our boarding school.
As the world transitioned, so did we. In 2002, under the guidance of Sylvia Johnson, The Codrington School began its new chapter under the auspices of The International Baccalaureate. As an IB World School, authorized to offer all three programmes of the IB, we joined an ever expanding global community of educators whose vision and unique implementation is perpetually evolving as does the world around us.
At The Codrington School we are positioned to offer your child the opportunity to drive their own learning and be encouraged to think independently. They will take part in programmes of education that can lead them to some of the highest ranking universities around the world. The will become more culturally aware, through the development of a second language and be able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.
From our history, make your child’s future.
Set on a hill overlooking Consett Bay, in the eastern, rural parish of St John, amidst rolling fields and agricultural orientation, with a splendid vista of the Atlantic coast, is a set of buildings that, at first sight, standing in the shadow of the Anglican Church of the Holy Cross, appear the product of an age gone by, timelessly elegant in their renovated form.
Codrington began as a boarding school for girls back in 1917 and there are still many “old girls”, both from Barbados and all over the world, who have splendid memories of “days of yore”. Indeed, grown “Codrington girls” often dissolve into fits of laughter as they remember both the pomp and the pranks of the boarding school of yesteryear.
Sadly, in the eighties, the “old Codrington” closed its doors and it might have seemed that never again would the sound of ringing laughter from children at play be heard within the ancient walls. But, fortunately, there were people around who shared the “Codrington Vision” and who were determined to see the school alive again. Two swift metamorphoses followed before, in 2002, the “new Codrington” opened its doors, this time to both boys and girls, offering a curriculum based on the highest standards of Barbadian and international educational research and best practice, under the auspices of the International Baccalaureate (IB).
The pioneers of 2002 were led by the vision and determination of one woman, Sylvia Johnson, who is recognized by the Codrington community as the founder of the “new Codrington”. Sylvia had been a teacher at Codrington in the 1970s and shared that love for the place which seems to affect all who are privileged to see the school in all its loveliness, set as it is in three acres of wooded grounds, which include gardens and shady mahogany trees that are more than a century old. By her efforts, and those of a group of like-minded people, who shared both the nostalgia for years gone by and the belief that the school could rise again, the doors opened in September 2002 to a small group of children.
Today, The Codrington School, staffed by administrators, teachers and support staff from eighteen different nations, with internationally-recognized qualifications and a deep love for children, offers an internationally authorized programme for primary school and secondary school children which is second to none and which offers students aged from three through eighteen the opportunity of studying to the highest levels of national and international excellence. The school is one of only about 320 schools in the world which are authorized to offer all three programmes of the IB: the Primary Years Programme; the Middle Years Programme; and the Diploma Programme. It is the only IB World School in Barbados and its academic programmes are recognized as outstanding: other schools in the world have adopted/adapted the Codrington curriculum model, which is recognized internationally as being world class.
The personnel at Codrington are proud of the school and always ready to show it off to visitors. Appointments to view may be arranged through the school’s director of admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org