Is boarding the right choice for my child?
Boarding schools have changed considerably in the last 20 years and today they have become a very comfortable, home-from-home. Some schools also offer a great deal of flexibility with weekly boarding (staying at school during the week and returning home at weekends) and flexi-boarding (flexible boarding on the nights required) now widely available.
What age can my child begin boarding?
In the UK, boarding places are available from the age of 7. However, most boarders are of senior school age – traditionally, girls from the age of 11 and boys from 13. Increasingly common is boarding during A levels or International Baccalaureate (IB) study (known as 6th form), from the age of 16.
How to find the best boarding school for my child?
Be realistic. There is no point in choosing a highly academic school if your child will struggle to keep up with these type of demands. Don’t be tempted to only look at schools which have the best results, they may just have a more rigorous selection policy. We can advise you on finding the best boarding schools near London and all across the UK.
Should we choose a large or small boarding school?
If your child is self-confident a larger school may be better especially if it has better facilities. If, however, your child would be happier in a more close-knit environment then, almost certainly, a smaller school would be the best option. We know the top boarding schools in England and the UK and can advise you.
Can you help if our child has special needs?
If your child has a learning difficulty, such as dyslexia or ADHD, we can help you. Some schools specialise in this area entirely while others have specialist departments within them. One of our consultants is a trained special needs teacher and will, therefore, be able to understand fully the individual needs of your child and can offer you personal advice every step of the way.
Will my child receive an outdoors education?
Boarding schools in England and the UK usually offer a large amount of extra-curricular opportunities. In our opinion, this is highly important as it helps to provide an all-round education which is the hallmark of a top UK boarding school.
How to find the best Catholic boarding school?
Although religion is a significant aspect of most catholic boarding schools, it does not dominate the entire Catholic education. We can advise you on some of the best Catholic boarding schools in the UK, which often offer a very high level of education along with extracurricular activities that help to improve a student’s personal discipline and culture.
Can you help us find a specialist school?
Yes, we can help. It is possible to find choir schools, music schools, dance schools and art schools, which all offer general excellence as well as those which offer specialist coaching in certain sports. These schools will, of course, offer a good academic education too. There are also specialist schools which help children who have specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia. We know the specialist schools and can advise you if you require this.