Choosing the right school


Co-education or Single Sex
There are boarding schools for girls only and for boys only as well as co-educational schools. Some schools offer the ‘Diamond’ system where students are taught in a co-educational environment in the prep school and the Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13, age 16 to 18 years) and in single sex classes from age 11 or 13 to 15.

At what age will you be considering boarding
This may depend on your family circumstances; you should take in to consideration the year group of entry, for an expatriate family that may have frequent moves it is important to ensure stability of education, particularly for the two year GCSE and Sixth Form programmes.

Consider your child’s academic ability and any particular talents or strengths
It is important that you select a school to match your child’s academic ability to ensure that they are encouraged and guided to achieve their full potential.

Science class at Bedford School
musicians at Bishops Stortford School
girl studying in a dorm at Priors Field School


English Language Teaching
Traditional UK boarding schools refer to English language teaching for international students as English as an Additional Language (EAL), English as a Second Language (ESL) or ESOL (English as a Second or Other Language).

Choosing a school for a child with special educational needs
UK boarding schools have always been at the forefront of innovation when it comes to the development and care for children with special needs.

Is location important
Do you have family or friends in the UK? If they are to act as guardians you may be considering a school within 1 or 2 hours of their home.

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How much will it cost
Senior full boarding fees for ages 14 to 18 average £30,000 per year for 3 terms, this includes boarding accommodation, food and laundry. In addition to fees, there will be costs for uniform, sports clothing and equipment, trips and outings, individual music lessons, learning support lessons, English as Foreign language lessons and public examination fees for older students.

How well will my child be looked after
UK boarding schools offer excellent care and security in a home from home and nurturing environment; this is especially important when parents are living overseas. The structure of pastoral care will vary slightly in each school, however, most students will be cared for in the boarding house by a house parent,

What to look for and ask when visiting schools
The school visit is very important in the process of choosing a boarding school for your child, we often say, it is not about the buildings and facilities but about the people that you meet. You need to feel reassured that they are the right people to look after you child.

Equestrian Boarding Schools
Horse riding is a popular activity offered at independent boarding schools across the UK at all levels. Facilities at our schools extend from small stables to nationally recognised equestrian centres.


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