Baobab College

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Baobab College is an ‘international school for the whole community’. This prestigious and highly committed centre of learning is based just outside Lusaka in beautiful surrounds. It offers the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), with AS and A levels for form 6 pupils. Baobab College also has a primary school and a pre-school. At this school, students are challenged to perform at the highest levels and results are a reflection of the schools' commitment to excellence.  

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Secondary school in Lusaka, Zambia

Baobab College has established itself as one of the leading independent boarding schools, offering a balance between traditional values and modern teaching methods. This school was awarded with the Cambridge International Fellowship Centre status in November 2005, a prestigious award given to just a handful of schools in the world.
  • Awarded the prestigious Cambridge International Fellowship Centre status
  • Offers a broad and balanced curriculum, delivered by professional staff
  • Offers a wide range of cultural, academic, social and sports clubs, and societies
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With a beautiful campus a few kilometres south of Lusaka, Baobab College offers a world-class, co-educational secondary education, open to students of all races, religions and cultures. It has some of the finest sports and recreational grounds in Zambia.

Baobab College recognises that every child is a unique individual who requires stimulation, motivation and guidance. With highly qualified and experienced staff, a continuous commitment to progress and a specialist learning support department, Baobab College is well-positioned to meet the needs of students at all levels. Baobab College aims to provide ample opportunity for students to identify and develop their talents and mature into confident, well-adjusted adults, ready to take their place in a dynamic global society.

Academic information
The school offers a broad and balanced curriculum, delivered by professional staff using up-to-date methods and strategies. Currently twenty different subjects are offered at secondary school level, spread over Key Stage 3 (years 7 to 9), Key Stage 4 (years 10 to 11) and the Sixth Form (years 12 to 13).

Examination courses
Baobab College offers IGSE, AS and A level courses for Grade 11 through to Grade 13, in preparation for universities around the world. All the examinations are administered by the University of Cambridge International Examinations Board in England.

Most IGSE students take eight or nine subjects and Baobab College makes every effort to accommodate individual choices as far as possible.

All IGSE students are required to take Mathematics and English Language. In addition we strongly recommend that they take French or another language in order to keep a wide range of university options open. The current Year 10 option blocks are as follows:

  • Block 1 – English Language
  • Block 2 – Mathematics
  • Block 3 – French, Travel & Tourism
  • Block 4 – Biology, Art, Business Studies
  • Block 5 – Chemistry, Design & Technology, Environmental Management
  • Block 6 – Physics, Biology, Music
  • Block 7 – Geography, Physical Education, IT
  • Block 8 – Business Studies, Drama, History
  • Block 9 – IT, English Literature
  • Students take one subject from each block.

Extra-curricula activities
In line with a commitment to a holistic approach to education, Baobab College offers a wide range of cultural, academic, social and sports clubs, and societies. These help students develop self-discipline, confidence, leadership, together with physical and social skills, thus providing foundations for their successful integration into society.

As well as the swimming pool, sports facilities at Baobab College include rugby, soccer and hockey pitches, netball, basketball, tennis and volleyball courts, a cricket square and nets, and a 400m 8-lane running track.

Baobab College plays a prominent role in hosting inter-school sports competitions. Its swimming pool hosts National League galas, and has also hosted the Sub Saharan Short Course Championships.

Pastoral care
The college’s pastoral care focuses on support to meet students’ individual needs by providing them with the skills to operate within their personal, social and academic environment. The school places a high premium on developing a student’s appreciation of spiritual beliefs and a respect for those of others. It also encourages its students to appreciate different societies and cultures. Baobab develops and upholds high standards of ethical, moral and civic conduct.

Future plans
From its relatively humble beginnings, Baobab College has grown year after year and demand for places is currently at an all time high. To ensure it maintains its position at the forefront of education provision, Baobab College has recently embarked on a phased development plan which includes upgrading current infrastructure such as classrooms, IT labs and boarding facilities.

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Baobab College Secondary School key information

  • Offers internationally recognised examinations
  • Education is based on traditional values
  • Uses modern teaching methods
  • Fine sports and recreational grounds
  • Set on a beautiful campus just outside Lusaka
  • Awarded the prestigious Cambridge International Fellowship Centre status

Primary school in Lusaka, Zambia

Baobab College has created a caring atmosphere in which each child receives the individual attention he/she needs to reach his/her full potential. They accept boarders from age 6. At Baobab, all pupils are encouraged and challenged to do their best. Progress is valued higher than success because education is not just about results.
  • Helps its primary school children to mature as individuals
  • In reception children begin their outdoor education programme
  • Follows the UK’s Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)
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Baobab College believes that it is necessary to balance and integrate the academic, sporting, artistic, spiritual and service dimensions of life. It also aims to find the right balance between commitment and achievement, true discipline and care, attitude and aptitude, respect and responsibility, enjoyment and enlightenment, enrichment and improvement.

By creating a happy, friendly and stimulating environment, the College helps its primary school children to mature as individuals and form good friendships and interests. At the same time, in partnership with parents, the staff at Baobab seek to reinforce standards of behaviour which set a pattern for secondary school.

Key Stage One
Children in Reception, Year One and Year Two follow the British National Curriculum with core subjects Literacy, Numeracy and Science. History, Geography, Religious Education, P.S.H.E., Art and Design and Technology are also taught at this level. Children have specialist teachers for Physical Education, Swimming, Music, Information Technology and French.

In Reception children begin their outdoor education programme where they experience camping and independence away from home. Each year the time spent away from home is extended.

Key Stage Two
Children from the age of seven to eleven years follow a programme that is busy, enjoyable and rewarding. The College currently has two class intakes for each year group from Year Three to Year Six. Baobab follows the UK’s Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) curriculum objectives for all subjects. Literacy, Numeracy and Science are core subjects whilst History, Geography, Art, Design and Technology and Religious Education and P.S.H.E. are covered at Foundation Level. Specialist teachers take Physical Education, Swimming, Information technology, Music, Drama, Library Studies and French. Short homework assignments are set daily. A variety of sports and afternoon activities are available during the week.

Baobab has reading tests twice a year. QCA assessments and assessments from the UK-based National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) are taken each year. Children are placed within classes according to age and lessons are differentiated according to ability. Children with specific learning difficulties can be tested and are catered for within the Learning Support Department.

Parents are kept informed of their child’s progress during termly consultations and end of term reports. Other appointments can be made as necessary.

The school encourages all children to take part in its Drama productions. Every class also goes on an Educational Camping Trip each year to encourage class team building and an appreciation of Zambian geography.

Key Stage Three
This stage lays the building blocks for IGCSE success. The majority of lessons are taught with students in form groups, however in English and Mathematics students are streamed according to ability. The subjects currently offered in Key Stage 3 are as follows:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • French
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Art
  • Design and Technology (including textiles)
  • Physical Education
  • Information Technology

Students also receive one lesson of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) a week with their form tutor.

Extra-curricular activities
All primary students take music lessons and have the opportunity to participate in musical productions. Recent successes include a superb Key Stage 2 presentation of “Star Atrraction”, and the ELC Nativity play. A traditional highlight of the Baobab calendar is the Carols by Candlelight, held each December at the Lusaka Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

Baobab offers excellent sports facilities, including an eight lane 25m swimming pool and an extensive playing field which caters for all sporting activities. Participation in extra curricular activities is expected of all students and in particular each Key Stage 1 child attends a minimum of one activity per week and Key Stage 2 children a minimum of two activities per week, one of which is a physical activity.

Regarded as an essential compliment to the academic timetable, Baobab’s sporting and cultural programme brings together pupils with common objectives, and fulfils the need to express unique personalities. Emphasis is always placed on integrity, good conduct and sportsmanship.

As well as the swimming pool, sports facilities at Baobab College include rugby, soccer and hockey pitches, netball, basketball, tennis and volleyball courts, a cricket square and nets, and a 400m 8-lane running track.

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Baobab College Primary School key information

  • Offers internationally recognised examinations
  • Caters for the needs of each individual child
  • Education is based on traditional values
  • Uses modern teaching methods
  • Fine sports and recreational grounds
  • Set on a beautiful campus just outside Lusaka

Pre-school in Lusaka, Zambia

The Baobab Early Years department has a Bush Babies and Sugar Bush class for two to three year olds. These two classes follow the British National Curriculum Early Years programme and work on creating a happy, friendly and stimulating environment for young children to grow and develop.
  • Caters for the needs of each individual child
  • Schooling is based on traditional values
  • Fine indoor and outdoor recreational facilities
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In partnership with parents, the school seeks to reinforce standards of behaviour which set a pattern for primary and secondary school.

With its caring atmosphere, Baobab College gives each individual child the special attention needed to help to ensure they will reach their full potential. The six areas of learning and early learning goals:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication, language and literacy
  • Mathematical development
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Physical development
  • Creative development

These areas of learning are followed through to the Reception year which forms a bridge between Early Years and Primary school. The Early Learning Centre department have specialist teachers in Music, Physical Education and Information Technology.

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Contact information

Address
Kafue road, Lilayi, Lusaka, Zambia
P.O. Box
PO Box 50099, Chilanga
Email
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Phone
+260 211 840438
Mobile
+260 987 727627
Website
http://www.baobabcollege.org
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Opening times

Sun
Closed
Mon
08:00 – 17:00
Tue
08:00 – 17:00
Wed
08:00 – 17:00
Thu
08:00 – 17:00
Fri
08:00 – 17:00
Sat
Closed