How many children really know at the age of 15 or 16 what they want to spend the rest of their lives doing? And yet, in the UK at that age they are often asked to reduce their study options down to 3 or 4 subjects. 

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The International Baccalaureate is a world-leading not-for-profit foundation set up in Geneva in 1968 that offers a sequence of 4 educational programmes from the ages of 3 to 19 with the goal of creating a better world through education. The IB fosters critical thinking, creativity, communication, social, self-management and research skills, while developing character traits of international-mindedness, curiosity, compassion, open-mindedness, reflection, risk-taking, integrity and a balance of the intellectual, physical and emotional aspects of one’s life.

Mission statement: The IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. IB students across 168 countries are encouraged to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

The IB is highly regarded by universities and employers across the globe. Universities are now actively seeking IB graduates as they are better prepared for university study and adjust better to university life, while employers are recognising IB students as having the necessary skill set and character traits to grow and develop in a healthy and happy way.Pupils often choose closely related A Level subjects – Maths, Further Maths and Physics is a common combination, for example. But out in the real world even the professional mathematicians will need some knowledge of other areas of life so as to put their studies in context.