London, May 2010 – Britain is seeing an unprecedented increase in the number of teenagers opting for a University education. Latest figures suggest that there are over 2.4 million students in the post-18 age category who are continuing their education. Education consultants claim that the sharp increase in the quality of education currently in offer in Britain is a key factor that has contributed to these figures. In fact, school education in United Kingdom too has undergone quite a number of changes. Increasingly, parents have been opting to set aside portions of their income towards securing quality education for the children. Of the different streams of school education currently offered in Britain, the International Baccalaureate system has emerged as synonymous with quality education. While the number of schools offering the International Baccalaureate programme is increasing, there are just a handful of schools that are now recognised to run the prestigious IB Diploma course. Come September, the London-based International Community School will also be counted as an International School London offering the IB Diploma.
The IB diploma is an intensive two year training programme which prepares 16-19 year old students for higher studies in colleges and universities across the world. And unlike other education systems where the risks of being cheated by fly-by-night operators are high,the Geneva based International Baccalaureate follows stricter guidelines. The IB governing body ensures that all schools categorised in their list of World Schools are constantly monitored and strictly evaluated to ensure that the quality of education is not compromised. What makes the IB unique is it offers three individual programmes over the span of years from kindergarten to pre-university. And while the Diploma Programme continues to be their Flagship Programme, there are some schools like the ICS in London that offer all three programmes. The residential facilities available in the highly prestigious IB Diploma Boarding School London also helps ease parental concerns over ensuring the safety of their child while at school. “I was educated through public school system of the United Kingdom. But I wanted to ensure that my daughter had the best of education offered internationally. I wanted to take no risk with her education and that is why I enrolled her at an IB World School very early in her academic life”, claims Chelmsford based Chartered Accountant Austin Harris.
About International Community School:
The ICS has built of reputation for offering uncompromising quality of education over the thirty years of their existence. Children and faculty from 65 countries form a dynamic learning community in the heart of London. With the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma also being added to the courses already offered, the ICS becomes one of the few IB World Schools offering all three IB courses.