Mixed school or single-sex school? Traditional boarding school or 6th Form College?
Families can choose between mixed (co-educational) schools and boys or girls only (single-sex) schools. There are benefits to both types of school which our advisors will be happy to discuss.
Traditional boarding schools offer fantastic academic standards along with a wide range of sports and co curricular activities where facilities are usually on site. Some schools have Saturday school also so children are always busy! 6th Form Colleges have a strong academic focus however may not have large single site. Sporting facilities are not always available on site although are usually available off site. They are usually suited to a slightly more independent students, although, like all schools, levels of student care are high.
Entry into boarding schools is generally into Years 9 (13+ years),10 (14+years) or 12 (16+ years) . Some junior boarding schools will accept girls and boys that are younger. Schools in the UK will determine the grade of the student by age on September 1.
Boarding schools are mostly situated within their own grounds and have a mix of traditional buildings combined with state of the art facilities. Each school is different and families are advised to visit at least 3-5 before making their final decision.
Boarding schools will require a certain level of English. Many will provide EAL for their international students who require it. For those that do not, some students will have a term or two at an international study centre where they will be able to improve their English and reach the level required by the main boarding school of their choice.
Investing in your child’s education at a good boarding school is a major decision. Come and talk to us about it, we are here to support and advise you. We know that the right boarding school will give your child the confidence and the qualifications required for entry into top universities. The decision to choose the right school should not be hurried. Take your time, start to consider your options two years before you hope your son or daughter will start at a boarding school. Above all, make sure that they are ready to start at a school away from home.