Choosing a Boarding School
What to Consider
Planning early is a sensible approach, allow eighteen months to two years, to research, visit schools and make that important decision of selecting the best school for your child. However, we are aware that this is not always possible, if suddenly you get a new posting/job thousands of miles away, quick decisions need to be made, we can help with this!
Co-ed or Single Sex
There are boarding schools for girls only and for boys only as well as co-educational schools. Some schools offer the ‘Diamond’ system where students are taught in a co-educational environment in the prep school and the Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13, age 16 to 18 years) and in single sex classes from age 11 or 13 to 15.
English Language Teaching
Traditional boarding schools refer to English language teaching for international students as English as an Additional Language (EAL), English as a Second Language (ESL) or ESOL (English as a Second or Other Language). EAL teaching fosters an improvement in and enjoyment of English in all four skill areas: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Boarding schools and colleges have a great deal of experience of helping students improve their English language skills.
The school visit is very important in the process of choosing a boarding school for your child, we often say, it is not about the buildings and facilities but about the people that you meet. You need to feel reassured that they are the right people to look after you child. We recommend that international and expatriate families visit 3 or 4 schools and that they have a personal appointment rather than visit on an open day.