Boarding school, especially boarding school in a foreign country might seem like a daunting prospect. So why consider boarding school? Here are eight reasons you might consider placing your child in a boarding school in the UK:
- Exam results – It is no secret that UK boarding schools have an impressive reputation for producing students with top exam results. Independent schools are much higher in the league tables than their state equivalents. Children in top UK boarding schools regularly achieve a majority of As and A*s at GCSE and A-level.
- Route into a top UK university – As well as looking at exam results, universities around the world take note of what school your child has been studying at. If this is a well renowned UK boarding school then the child is already at an advantage. A high percentage of privately educated pupils in the UK go to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities.
- Independence – Living away from home and away from parents may be difficult at times, but it teaches your child independence and gives them the opportunity to find themselves as an individual. All children must learn to live without relying on their parents and boarding school is a safe and secure opportunity for your child to do this.
- Good teacher to pupil ratio – One of the reasons UK boarding schools are so successful when it comes to academic standards, is the pupil to teacher ratio. Although each school will differ, UK boarding schools general have a small number of pupils to each teacher, allowing each staff member to spend time teaching a caring for the individual child.
- Warm, safe environment – A very significant advantage of boarding school is that the pupils live in a warm and safe environment. Children know where to find an adult if they need one, for example, there will always be an adult in their boarding house to supervise. Each teacher is there because they want to help young people develop and look after their wellbeing, both physical (they will see you have a nutritious diet) and mental (someone to talk to is very important when a child feels lonely or worried).
- Stability – This will not apply to all parents, but if you or your partner find yourselves traveling far and often, a UK boarding school would provide your child with stability and routine. Children often struggle emotionally, as well as academically, if they are required to move around the world regularly. In this case, a boarding school could be your answer.
- English – Again, not applicable to all, but if English is not yours or your child’s first language, and you hope for them to live or work in an English-speaking country one
day, immersing yourself in the language at a young age is a good idea. Every year, thousands of students from around the world apply for university places in the UK.
Unfortunately, many find they do not have the necessary English Language skills to be admitted and they find they have to study an English course before they can be accepted onto the course of their dreams. Put your child ahead of these students by giving them an English boarding school education.
- Opportunities – A boarding school can give your child opportunities they wouldn’t necessarily get in a state school. Boarding schools have amazing facilities and the staff to run extra-curricular trips and activities, either at the weekend or on an evening. UK boarding schools take enrichment activities very seriously – they know that having good exam results is not the only thing you need to succeed. Soft skills such as teamwork, leadership, problem-solving, are all essential skills for life.
But, don’t just take my word for it, get in touch with one of our advisers and they will be able to tell you more about the schools we work with. If possible, a visit to a school is always a good option as it will give you a real sense of what the atmosphere is like. School staff are always ready to talk passionately about their students and what makes their school the best.