Picking the right path when it comes to your child’s education is a crucial and potentially nerve racking experience for everyone involved. Follow these top tips and you’re bound to overcome some of the most common problems parents encounter when attempting to pick the perfect boarding school.
Boarding school education can provide a safe and fulfilling environment from which your child can flourish academically and socially. Selecting the correct boarding school takes time however and it’s important for both you and your child to feel that your final choice is the right one. So where to start when picking the perfect boarding school?
The youngest age for a child in the UK to attend a boarding school is eight-years-old. Despite this being a relatively young age, your child will undoubtedly have started developing some sense of the subjects he particularly enjoys. Any boarding school should put their primary focus on the strength and variety within its offered curriculum. Therefore, its advised that you spend some time with your child deciding which subjects he would like to study in order to make sure that the school is capable of offering a superior education; both in standard subjects like English, maths and languages as well as speciality areas like art, drama and sporting activities.
As well as offering curricular excellence, it may also be worth considering elements such as class sizes and whether the school is mixed or gender specific. Different children do well in different environments and it’s important to find the right balance for your child so they can do well inside and outside of the classroom environment. Some parents may feel there is less of a distraction if their child goes to a boys or girls only school. Others would argue, however, that mixed schools allow children to develop the vital skills needed when working and communicating with the opposite sex. Ultimately the decision lies with you and your child and what you deem to be the most beneficial and comfortable situation.
Finally, when picking a top boarding school it is always worthwhile considering how easy it is to access the school, particularly in the winter months during the Christmas holidays. With boarding schools located around the globe, many students are accustomed to travelling many miles to attend school.
However, for students studying in their native country, it’s always worthwhile considering how easy it is to access the school in poor weather conditions; particularly if children are expected to spend at least one weekend at home per month or are a ‘day student’. Boarding schools in Scotland, and other remote parts of the UK, boast some of the most beautiful grounds and historic buildings but can be tricky to access if they are very remote so this is well worth considering.