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Boarding life

 

Many boarding schools are located in beautiful countryside with ease of access to major cities or beautiful villages. Students often tell us that the best aspects of boarding school life are playing sports and enjoying outdoor activities in a spectacular environment. They love the fact that they don’t have to spend an hour or more each day travelling to and from school, at boarding school you will enjoy the luxury of waking up in the morning and being in the middle of the campus.

cake sale day at Epsom College
boarders chatting on a bed
view of Clayesmore School Dorset

 

At boarding school, you are living in a community; until the sixth form, you will most probably be sharing a bedroom. However, what you lose in privacy you gain in companionship. As part of a close and supportive community you can make friends for life, whatever part of the world they come from.

Our son’s first year at boarding school was pretty awesome, in his final exams he got he got five A* and the rest were A’s. We are thankful to Anderson Education for the very professional while non-intrusive service they gave during the application process, I would definitely recommend them to other parents who want their free help and advice………….thank you!

Living at boarding school may make a great difference to how you spend your free time. It will certainly offer you the opportunity to do things which you’ve never done before.  The amount of freedom you get depends on how old you are, the school’s policy and the location of the school – you may be allowed slightly more freedom in rural areas than in schools based in towns or cities, for example. Younger students are escorted in supervised groups when they are on school trips and weekend activities, going shopping or to the cinema. As you get older, you will have more freedom, most pupils are happy to stay on campus as there is so much activity and fun things to do.

In the sixth form (from age 16yrs and older), students may be allowed to sign out, stating when they will return, although there will still be rules about when you can go out and for how long. You won’t miss out on entertainment, however, as schools often organise informal parties or discos during term time, and more formal dances or proms for the end of the school year.

dance is a popular extra curricular activity
cooking is a life skill taught to boarding students
fun in a science lesson

 

One of the key features of boarding school life is the wide range of activities and experiences, which gives boarders opportunities to develop skills and interests beyond the academic curriculum. These skills and interests often contribute to career development. Living and studying in one place provides much more time for you to get on with whatever you enjoy in the company of your friends. Sports and hobbies, dance and drama, music and art, public speaking, aerobics, philosophy, pottery, gymnastics and much more are all on offer at most boarding schools.

Schools and colleges have modern dining rooms where three cooked meals, breakfast, lunch and supper are provided each day. All meals have a good variety of choice of different dishes, so you can choose what you prefer to eat. Schools always provide vegetarian alternatives, and can cater for special diets and religious requirements.

Life in a boarding school is an excellent preparation for university and employment as it provides many of the non-academic skills that employers are looking for. You are encourage to participate in team events and there are opportunities to be elected into position of responsibility, such as Captain of Rugby, Boarding House Captain, Chairman of the Debating Society, school representative and many more.

Experience of boarding teaches you to be independent, but also makes you more appreciative of your family and home life.

As Education Consultants we have been working with overseas families, international students and boarding schools in the UK for the past 25 years. Although schools appear similar when browsing websites or prospectuses, in reality each has a unique quality. This is where we can provide impartial help and guidance.

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