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Choosing a UK 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-educational 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.

Summer Schools, Revision & Resits
Summer school and language courses are designed to be both educational and fun – an opportunity for students to learn about British life and culture, improve their academic skills and gain an excellent command of English. Together with lots of opportunities for sport, socialising and relaxing in a safe and secure environment. Many of these programmes are suitable for English speaking students.

Forces Boarding
A boarding school education is a serious consideration for British Forces families to ensure stability of education for their children. With the frequent moves often required of British Forces families it is not unusual for Forces children to have attended 4 or 5 different schools by the age of 10yrs; this is disruptive to their continuity of education and also impacts on them socially.

English Language Teaching
Traditional UK 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.

Visiting Schools
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. Before your appointment to visit the education consultants at Anderson Education will have forwarded a copy of your child’s most recent school report, this will enable the school to arrange the visit to suit the age and interests of the child and family.


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