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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:09 am 
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Looking ahead here..but we are potentially interested in IB, does anyone here have any experience, positive or otherwise?! It seems school choice is quite limited beyond Haliebury & Wellington, and we are not interested in boarding or overly long commutes.
The new Chalfont Independant (ex Newland Park) offers the Middle years Programme, but I gather the MYP is not offered in many UK schools at all. If anyone here is familiar with the school or the IB in general, would love to hear your feedback. Thank you!


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:21 am 
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You might be better posting on the Independent Schools section?


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:56 am 
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The Floyd was running the IB alongside A levels but there was not enough interest to run it this year. Looking at their website it also seems not on offer for next year either.


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 Post subject: Re: IB schools?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:09 pm 
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Two of your premier private schools in the NW are bailing out of IB .

I have heard on the grape vine both MGS and MHSG ( Manchester high school for girls) no longer have sufficient numbers since introduction of the new linear more robust A levels.

Withington Girls school our most elite school never bothered with them.

Numbers doing Cambridge pre-university exams is also plummeting.

Only international schools will persist with these IBs , pre-u A levels will wither on the vine.


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 Post subject: Re: IB schools?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:39 pm 
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I know of a few grammars (Dartford and Tonbridge) not far from me that do the IB, so it isn’t just Independents that do it. Due to being in Kent that won’t help you but I don’t think they have any plans for ceasing the IB. I think there is a fair bit of movement between sixth forms depending on whether someone wants to do IB or A Levels, but at these schools they certainly seem very popular.


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 Post subject: Re: IB schools?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:50 pm 
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PettswoodFiona wrote:
I know of a few grammars (Dartford and Tonbridge) not far from me that do the IB, so it isn’t just Independents that do it. Due to being in Kent that won’t help you but I don’t think they have any plans for ceasing the IB. I think there is a fair bit of movement between sixth forms depending on whether someone wants to do IB or A Levels, but at these schools they certainly seem very popular.


I think IBs would be ideal for my DD 'Jackie of all trades but not a mistress of none. '

But her state grammar( Altrincham Grammar Girl's School ) do not offer them :|


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 Post subject: Re: IB schools?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:51 am 
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Thank you, yes I do think the new A level format will shake things up a bit.
Have read some interesting viewpoints, and IB does seem the better all-rounder, although it does seem that the uni points required are a little stern, so perhaps a handicap if you're not quite the Jack or Jackie of all trades supreme!


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:09 am 
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Interesting (if that is the word for it :lol: ) thread on TSR, started by someone doing A levels but thinking it would be better to move to somewhere offering the IB, because a) they weren't being stretched enough academically and b) they thought that the extracurricular activities and volunteering requirements were a good idea.

Guess what several people suggested re 'b)'...?

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