Boarding at an independent school

In choosing a boarding school for their child, parents are signifying the greatest possible level of trust in that institution. It is an investment that no good boarding school takes for granted.

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    How boarding schools and boarding parents work together

    Major developments in boarding education in the last 20 years include an increase in the number of co-educational schools and the global digital revolution. But the importance of keeping pupils and their development at the centre of learning has remained. A key part of this is keeping parents in touch with pupils’ academic and personal progress, achievement, successes and also challenges. Regular communication between home and school is essential for a happy pupil and boarding experience. 

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    Helping young people to develop their ‘whole self’

    As parents, guardians, carers or general supporters of young people, we know that how children develop has a fundamental influence on the future of our society. We guide them through their younger years, the opportunities and challenges of life, and, with the support of teachers, through their education. Gaining academic qualifications is important, and educational institutions do a fantastic job, but we can’t expect them, or indeed ourselves, to teach young people everything they need to know about life and work.

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    Why are co-curricular activities becoming increasingly important?

    Co-curricular literally means pursued alongside the normal course of study, but perhaps should be renamed because co-curricular activities are, and must be, a central part of every child’s wider education.

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    Why is learning languages important?

    In a world where artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly significant, you might ask: why learn languages when a device can simultaneously translate when required? Why bother when everyone seems to speak English?

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    How boarding benefits the wellbeing of pupils

    The word ‘wellbeing’ is used a lot in today’s culture but what does it really mean? When the Office for National Statistics (ONS) measure wellbeing they look at an ‘individual’s feelings of satisfaction with life, whether they feel the things they do in their life are worthwhile and their positive and negative emotions.’1  

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    Choosing the right school for your child

    With such a range and diversity of boarding schools to consider, the choice of the right school for an individual child can be a particularly daunting one. So how can you best go about finding the right school, a school which can provide the right environment for your child to be challenged, inspired and supported to be the very best they can? What defines all really good schools, and how does one really know whether a particular child is suited to a particular school?

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    Out of the ordinary: realising the potential of every child

    Deeply embedded in articles on what makes a good school you may find a short paragraph on its provision for the ordinary pupil, but that genus deserves further attention. Some of the hardest work a school has to undertake is to care for the pupils who are seen, or perceive themselves, as ‘nothing special’.  

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    The case for continuity

    An ability to adapt to change is something we all recognise as an important skill in the modern workplace. In an age when technology allows ‘trends’ the briefest of lives before extinguishing them, and where almost all teenagers seem to be in near constant contact with peers beyond their immediate presence, it has been argued that the connectivity of modern culture and its constant flux makes young adults practised at coping with change. 

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    Globalism: What do schools and the Armed Forces have in common?

    Now here is a topic that can leave us worried about treading on eggshells. A debate about diversity can get rather heated, not least no doubt in the Armed Services. Boarding schools are also facing the opportunities and challenges that come from greater globalism, so it is interesting to compare the experiences of two traditional but evolving parts of British society.


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