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    Hello, I am currently in Year 11 at a Girls grammar school in Kent and I am choosing my sixth form options. There is a few things which is making my decision hard so I would love to hear people's opinions on them...

    1) IB or A-level

    My current school and other local ones offer A-levels where I would take: English lit and lang, Geography, Spanish and RS. Or at a further out school I could take IB with: HL English lit, Philosophy and Maths, SL Geography Spanish and Physics. I love the idea of the IB but I hear you need to do a lot of work compared to A-level students in order to get into university and I have poor organisational skills.

    Also for the IB I would much rather do HL Geography and SL Maths but I am predicted A* in maths and only a B in geography so the school's entry requirements would not allow me to take it (A for HL subjects, B for SL)

    2) Distance

    All the local grammar schools which offer A-levels are accessible; and I even find my current one a challenge (bus and train) whereas the school which offers IB is a bit more further out with only one bus a day so socialising could be an issue?

    3) Mixed...

    At my current school, I have a bad reputation due to a few rough years so I am thinking that a new start would be best - although teachers have been persuading me that things would be different in sixth form - would you say this is true? Also, there is some good boys grammars and although I don't want to say I am influenced by hormones.. I hear the atmosphere is better?!

    If you managed to read all of this thank you, I did try and cut it down
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    I heavily reccomend ALevels, although I can't say much about IB as I've never done that :P At the moment I'm in lots of male-heavy classes (but normal mixed sixth form). Tbh I don't think this really makes much difference and if anything I get more done in boy-heavy classes as I've no-one to talk to! (I'm not very good with guys :/ ) Although if you're the type of person who is easily distracted by guys then maybe surrounding yourself with them isn't the best idea.

    Hope you get a solution, sorry I'm probably not much help...
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    1) If you can't choose your preferred subjects for IB, but can for A-level, then A-level is possibly the better bet
    2) With the level of homework you will likely get, it's really best for you to get to the sixth form that easiest to get to, because you do hear of some students on this site not getting home until about 6pm and then having to do two/three hours of homework on top.
    3) Things are certainly different at sixth form, but if you feel a fresh start would be best, then switch your school.
 
 
 

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