Mike Buchanan, HMC Executive Director, said: “Many HMC schools continue to choose IGCSEs because they can be more interesting courses and have a proven track record of preparing young people for more advanced study. This obviously works, given our pupils perform outstandingly at A Level.
“Our schools have no interest in taking exams because they are easier, as this would be unnecessary and counter-productive in the long run. IGCSEs no longer count in the league tables, so clearly they are not showing off about grades.
“They are only interested in providing the best education, and if they see that the new GCSEs are delivering that, they will choose them.
“They know they are fortunate to have this choice, and we would be the first to cheer if state schools still had the same freedom.”