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Tips on Choosing a Boarding School - Education Advice

PUBLISHED: 11:02 29 October 2010 | UPDATED: 10:30 21 February 2013

Tips on Choosing a Boarding School - Education Advice

Tips on Choosing a Boarding School - Education Advice

The Independent Schools Council promotes the benefits of boarding school education within our Education Ezine, which is packed with expert advice on choosing Schools – one of the most important decisions a parent will ever make...

The Independent Schools Council promotes the benefits of boarding school education within our Education Ezine which is packed with expert advice on choosing Schools one of the most important decisions a parent will ever make.

Independent Schools Council advice is:




  • With boarding, parents have a wider choice of schools and avoid the trouble and expense of daily travel.

  • Boarding schools will not suit every child, but it is fun and most children enjoy living away from home during term-time.

  • Many children have a mixture of day and boarding experience often in the same school.

  • Dont be put off by stereotypical images of boarding school. See modern boarding schools for yourself: you will soon understand why they are so popular with todays boarders.

  • Weekly or flexible boarding has become a popular option in recent years. Children go home each weekend and this often suits families where both parents have jobs.

  • Boarding can improve on the limited quality time parents are able to provide during a busy working week Most parents choose boarding schools within an hours journey from their homes; if they are likely to be moved abroad or to another part of the country, they might choose boarding schools near relatives or close friends.

  • To help you with choosing a boarding school for your child try putting together a list of the boarding schools which might be suitable.

  • Most boarding schools admit day pupils as well. Your child could start as a day pupil but enjoy the flexibility of being able to convert to boarding later. Many day children, particularly in preparatory schools, take the opportunity to be occasional boarders for a few nights a year

  • For more helpful tips on choosing a school, how to read league tables, head teacher profiles and an A-Z of schools click on the link to see more in our Education Ezine.

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