Accreditations & Associations


St. George’s British International School Cologne is accredited by the North Rhine-Westphalia State Ministry of Education as a staatlich anerkannte Ergänzungsschule, and as such is recognised by the authorities as a school providing a non-North Rhine-Westphalian curriculum and offering international qualifications. Pupils at St. George’s School satisfy the legal duty to attend school (Schulpflicht) and have the possibility to transfer into the German system if they wish.

As an authorised International Baccalaureate (IB) World School additionally accredited by the Cambridge Assessment International Education and Pearson, St. George’s British International School Cologne offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Career-related Programme, Cambridge IGCSE and BTEC Diploma qualifications. 

Under the national policy in place since 1986 (Vereinbarung über die Anerkennung des International Baccalaureate Diploma), the IB Diploma is recognised as a qualification equivalent to the Abitur for entry to higher education in Germany (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung) and to universities around the world if official criteria are met.

The globally-recognised International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is accredited as equivalent to the Mittlere Reife.

The BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council) Diploma is a further education qualification taken in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and is equivalent to A-Levels.

The school introduced the IB Career-related Programme (IBCP) in 2019, becoming one of very few schools in Germany to offer this qualification.

St. George’s School Cologne is a member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS), the premier global association for British International Schools across the world, committed to quality assurance in British schools overseas and the safety of students who study and learn at these schools.

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