When I went to the open evening a couple of years ago, the headmaster was very convincing when giving his talk about the IB to the parents in the 'latin' room, and not many of them had questions. I regularly raised my hand with concerns to which most parents didn't seem at all bothered.
My main concern was the fact that the majority of universities expect their medical school applicants to have all three sciences whereas with the IB you cannot do all three.
I appreciate that the IB allows you to apply to universities abroad, but really how many students want or can afford to do that? Is it enough to change to the IB for?
And has it stopped students in the past with A-levels studying abroad. Also, if you look at the top 100 universities in the world, the Uk features amongst those a great deal.
The headmasters argument was centred around the fact that it will produce more 'well rounded' students who are creative and scientific. Surely that is what we have GCSES for?