News on UK Boarding Schools

Not all Boarding House models are the same

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If you’ve visited boarding houses before in the UK, you’ll quickly realise that there is a huge variety of different boarding provisions available for your child. Some are new, bright and modern; others will be steeped in history in buildings that were built centuries ago. To add to the choice, schools will adopt their own boarding models and offer a variety of options for parents depending on what works best for the school and its students, and the facilities and resources available.

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Minimising risk of Covid infections whilst at school

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Children in the UK are now back at school, with the UK Government saying that there will be no further national lockdowns. The school experience for most UK children is slowly returning to something a little more normal – children no longer have to wear face masks and are no longer restricted to ‘social bubbles’ within schools. We will shortly be seeing a national programme which will extend our national Covid vaccination programme to children aged 12-15 years old, so things appear to be moving in the right direction.

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What level of English does my child need in order to study at a UK boarding school?

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We work with many boarding schools and they all offer international students support to improve their English. Most educationalists agree that being able to communicate in a common language aids not only academic development and progress but with younger students, in particular, helps them to acquire social skills that are so important in those early years. Communications problems can be the key barrier to student integration so it is vital that the 27,000 international students studying at UK boarding schools get the help and support they need to fully settle into school life.

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Guardianship agents – what do they do and do I need one?

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There is no doubt that the UK provides the gold standard for independent boarding education, with a well-established market of hundreds of successful schools providing a superior environment where a child can thrive and make the most of the many opportunities available. If you’re a parent from overseas though, there is an extra consideration – guardianships.

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Boarding Schools in the North of England

Boarding Schools in the North of England

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Many overseas parents who are considering a boarding school education for their child don’t look beyond London and the South East and instead limit their search to the home counties. In many cases, this can be a mistake because other areas of England, such as Boarding Schools in the North of England,  are blessed with some fantastic boarding schools in some of the most beautiful and unique surroundings.

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It’s not all work – the importance of excellent pastoral care and how to identify it when choosing a school

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Boarding schools in the UK are recognised globally as some of the best educational institutions. Their reputation is rightly justified and built on excellent teaching as well as state-of-the-art facilities. One aspect rarely discussed is their duty-of-care role – the provision of pastoral support meaning every child’s mental and physical wellbeing is at the centre of a school’s daily operation as well as its long-term strategy.

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Sedburgh School & Casterton Sedbergh Preparatory School

International Students – the importance of choosing the right school for you

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If you’re reading this blog, you will already be interested in finding out more about UK boarding schools and what they can offer your child. For families not residing in the UK, the choice of schools can be bewildering and the considerations daunting. For students joining a UK boarding school from abroad, there are some additional things to think about when choosing the right school. This is where our consultants at Which Boarding School can really add value to your thinking.

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Pangbourne College

A typical day at a UK boarding school

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No two boarding schools offer the same experience but in general week days follow a similar pattern. The school day is pretty long, ensuring students get a well-rounded experience of both the academic and extra-curricular. With so many activities to get involved in, a child at a UK boarding school is rarely bored or lonely.

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Visas for Students Studying at a UK Independent Boarding School

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The UK’s departure from the EU in December 2020 signals a change in visa requirements for students who wish to study in the UK. For students already in the UK before 31st December 2020, there is the option of applying for pre-settled status before June 30, 2021. With this option the student will not need to apply for a visa and can stay in the UK for several years.

If the student enters the country after December 31, 2020, there are several options depending on the length of course. For academic courses lasting less than 6 months starting in January 2021, the student simply needs the letter of acceptance from the school, evidence that the course lasts up to 6 months and an indication of start date. Passports will be stamped indicating short term study with the date of entry into the country, which will authorize you to be in the country for a period of up to 6 months.

In addition, you will need to purchase private health insurance for your stay in the UK, which will provide health protection and access to medical staff should you need it.

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