Preparatory schools

Military families have long relied on boarding schools to provide a safe and stable environment in which their children can flourish academically and emotionally and Prep schools strive to create a ‘home from home’ and give children stability.

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    Preparing pupils for the transition to senior schools

    The crucial process of transitioning from prep school to senior school has seen significant changes over recent years, with a more bespoke, nurturing and tailored approach sought by families.

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    New state prep school to open boarding provision

    Wymondham College Prep School caters for pupils aged four to 11 and opened its doors in September 2020 to its founding cohort of 60 Reception-aged pupils. Over the next seven years, the school will grow annually, primarily in Reception and Year 5, eventually reaching its capacity of 452 pupils. The school is located on the same site as Wymondham College, enabling the children of the Prep School to access teaching expertise from both the Prep School and the College. Boarders will be able to access indoor and outdoor facilities at both the Prep School and the College. 

  • The benefits of prep school boarding

    Say goodbye to school runs, endless testing and tutoring, mobile phones (at least in some prep schools) and chauffeuring increasingly frustrated children to endless after-school clubs. Instead, say hello to climbing trees, muddy knees and a carefree childhood. 

  • King’s is more than Christmas

    In the fifteenth century, King’s Choristers were provided with meals and clothing, and eight pence a week for their board. Things have certainly changed since then!

  • What is it really like to board at prep school?

    There is something about British boarding school life that has always captured the imagination but literature and film are littered with enduring yet outdated stereotypes. Modern UK boarding schools are warm and welcoming, well regulated and full of sympathetic staff who provide superb pastoral support for their pupils. As a consequence, children flourish. Like many independent prep schools, St Andrew’s Prep offers a values-based education that aims to develop self-reliant, industrious young men and women who are empathetic and culturally aware. Boarding is the perfect breeding ground for this. 

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    The advantages of starting boarding in a preparatory school

    Boarding in a prep school brings a wonderfully diverse range of advantages and opportunities, but most importantly the children have a lot of fun. You only have to see the smiles on their faces and the excitement of planning what to do with their free time, to realise just how much boarding can enrich a child’s life.

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    The popularity of prep school boarding

    In today’s rapidly changing and demanding world, where our view of life is distorted by social media and expectations of our young people are high, our prep boarding schools offer children an oasis into which they can escape.

  • Why choose a boarding prep school?

    Like many boarding prep schools, Aysgarth has a vast activities programme and the boys work hard and have a great deal of fun. Boarding is not for everyone, but it does have enormous advantages and I would like to outline the key benefits here.

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    It takes a village (school) to raise a child

    An African proverb says, ‘It takes a village to raise a child’. In our ever-changing world, it now takes a school to raise a child and nowhere is this more pertinent than in a boarding school. With the alarming statistics of children being diagnosed with depression at a young age, and resilience and wellbeing becoming the new ‘watch words’ in schools, there is a great need for all schools to be aware of the role they play in the life of a child. Childhood is precious and every child should be nurtured.

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    Responsibility versus maturity – when to introduce more freedom to prep school boarders

    Every parent hopes their child will grow up to be a success – a happy and fulfilled adult who makes considered choices and who appreciates the value of being of service to others. Many schools promise to provide the opportunities to achieve this, particularly through boarding provision. Boarding is no longer popular simply as a necessity for travelling or busy parents – it is a lifestyle choice for parents who recognise and value the benefits of it. 


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