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    Hi all,

    Throughout my current time in my state comprehensive secondary school so far, I have had an issue where I finish work too quickly and I find some lessons too easy. This has been hard when I know that I have the potential to be challenged more, so my parents have offered me to move to a private school from year 10, where we have heard that they are very academically rigorous.

    The state comprehensive I am currently at gets fairly good results, but I don't think I will be able to achieve all my potential there at GCSE, and I perhaps have less of a chance doing my dream job (which involves Oxbridge Medicine ) So, I was thinking of moving until discovered that the private school does

    IGCSE's (???)

    that I have heard are like GCSE's but have less course work and are all exams. But the GCSE system is going to change and will therefore be more exams, just like the current IGCSE's. However I have one issue: the grading system for GCSE is changing so there will be an A** (9 in the new system) up for grabs, whereas the IGCSE system is not changing and will stay with the limit being only an A* (8? in the new system?). So wouldn't it be wiser to stay at my current school and try to get higher grades (A**!) than go to the private school but still won't be able to get the highest grade that the unis will see as more outstanding?

    I have also heard that IGCSE's are harder...

    But anyway, what do you think of this? I have no experience with private schools or IGCSE's yet, so it would help to hear views from others. Thanks!

    (Why does my year have to be the first year to take the new gcse's??!)


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