Boarding Schools Glossary

private-boarding-schoolsThe modern-day boarding school is a great way to identify and boost a child’s potential. In an academic sense, some boarding schools are among the finest in the world and provide an environment where talents can flourish, and where students can develop fully to their potential. The fact that their academic record is unrivaled is due to, among other things, the high level of qualified instructors, small classes, excellent facilities, and a general ethos of academic achievement. Let’s first give you a few explanations of the most used phrases, terms, and words:

Boarding house – A boarding house is a floor or building where students live and most of the time eat as well. In larger boarding houses, the students are usually divided over different floors by age. There are also schools where the students are living in separate houses usually in groups of mixed ages. Quite a few boarding schools provide separate houses for sixth-formers (6th form is the last two years of the secondary education) that offer them more privacy and independence.

Boarding inspections – From 2002 onward, boarding schools in the UK are required to undergo inspections to verity if they comply with the nation’s National Minimum Standards every three years. This independent inspection process and the publicly available inspection reports offer parents a great source of information on the quality of their preferred boarding school.

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Boarding Schools and Safety

4148The responsibility for inspecting independent boarding schools in England that are members of the ISC (Independent School Council) went into the hand of the Independent Schools Inspectorate(ISI) in 2011. The ISC represents the schools, and is promoting the member schools’ interests in the political and public domain. The ISI is has now been responsible for inspecting the academic and safety standards of member UK boarding schools.

ISI boarding school inspections occur every three years and are set in a way that they are in line with the UK National Minimum Standards (NMS) for the boarding schools that are revised regularly. Inspectors will interview boarders and parents as they are the primary consumers of these schools’ services. Any issue or concern that’s raised or addressed by any student is rigorously investigated as will, of course, any suspicion or idea of child abuse. Gender and race equality policies carefully reviewed and issues are rigorously investigated, and much attention is paid to schools that are education students from overseas to see if pay enough attention to the special needs of these students, just like the parents would wish.

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Why Choose A UK Boarding School

120603032_wellingto_377686cThere never was a better time to sign your child up for a British boarding school. Probably educational standards and pastoral care have never been better and higher in the UK, and the modern-day demanding and discriminating parents will surely come to the conclusion that boarding schools are matching their expectations. UK boarding schools aim and claim to provide the best environment for a child to learn and grow.

In the UK you can find quite a few private boarding schools, but also 38 state-operated boarding schools that are all are members of the UK State Boarding Schools Association (SBSA). Altogether, these schools have some 5,000 teachers. These SBSA schools are undergoing regular inspections for  both their boarding facilities and the education quality by the British ‘Office for Standards in Education – Children’s Services & Skills’ (also referred to a ‘Ofsted’).

Children also very well understand that a boarding school education may be offering them great opportunities, both for their academic and private life. They are usually the prime movers when it comes to families making a decision about the best and most appropriate boarding school for them. Especially when the world that a child grows up in is a bit one-sided, the culturally rich and cosmopolitan environment of modern-day boarding schools will offer them a great opportunity to discover things about different cultures and the chance to make friends from all across the world. Today’s students will be making their careers in the ‘global village’, and having friends in places around the globe may well prove to be a huge advantage latter in their lives.

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Leading UK Boarding Schools-2

2484sBritain’s boarding schools belong to the world’s best recognized educational institutions when it comes to academic excellence and athletic and cultural development of students. The British schools are boasting outstanding and long traditions to let students develop their academic talents and ensure that they will develop other talents in, for example, sports or music. Britain has many public and private boarding schools that all provide quality education, excellent student care, and facilities that are second to none. This is article number two in a series on the best boarding schools for both British and overseas students.

Oakham School – England
Oakham is an exciting private co-ed day and boarding school in a small rural English town for students from 10 to 18 years old. The school is offering a variety of A level or IB courses in the 6th form. The school’s students are achieving highly impressive results at GCSE-IGCSE and A Level and the school is recognized as one of Britain’s best IB schools that challenges all students to exceed their expectations through a rigorous and encouraging learning environment, the best possible pastoral support, and a number of extra-curricular activities. Oakham’s ‘Learning Habits’ initiative is developing the students’ lifelong learning skills and is the foundation of all teaching activities at the school, and all students are valued and stimulated to work hard. The school boast up-to-date academic facilities like a great new Science center, a Design Technology center, and an Art and Design center. Oakham includes one of the country’s best school libraries, a music school, and a theater, and the school has a great reputation in music, sports, drama, and the Arts. The school’s extensive activities’ program includes lots of voluntary work both in the UK and abroad, and the school’s students are generally determined and confident young people.

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Top UK Boarding Schools For Girls

field-hockey-boarding-schoolsTraditional British Boarding Schools are sort of global legends, and when we think of them, we probably see pictures of windows with old stained glass acres of rolling meadows and tumbling forests. Parents are imagining rows of well-behaved, strictly educated, pristine-uniformed students at the nation’s prestigious schools, while the students picture never-ending days full of  adventure. Next is the step that parents must take, a step back to allow their children to discover their own paths into the great wide world. UK Boarding Schools enable students to develop independently their academic and cultural skills, and to build a social network, in the safe and secure environment of a campus, while supervised by committed, highly trained, and qualified teachers available in the world of education.

In 2015, almost 80 percent of all UK boarding school students were admitted to Britain’s most prestigious colleges and universities. Boarding schools provide world class teaching, support, and facilities, and parents who are investing in their children’s boarding school education may rest assured as they know they’re investing in their children’s future success. Let’s take a closer look at some of Britain’s best boarding schools for girls.

Mayfield School, Mayfield, East Sussex
Mayfield School is one of the UK’s leading independent day and boarding schools for girls ages 11 to 18. Mayfield School is situated in a gorgeous Kent landscape setting, in the tranquil and typically English countryside, only 50 miles from London, so students at Mayfield may benefit from both worlds. In an academic way, Mayfield is performing far above the average British boarding school, The girls are leaving the school with a great love of studying, something that will benefit them for the rest of their professional and personal lives.

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Daily Routine at Boarding School

age-enter-boarding-school-ukOne of the key advantages for boarding school students is the access to school facilities and staff after the teaching day has come to an end. Younger pupils’ homework is supervised and monitored, and therefore generally done orderly, and they will receive all the help they need. During weekends and evenings, school libraries are tho most valuable resources and students can learn a lot from the books on the shelves and the wealth of information that’s available online.

Various clubs and extracurricular activities are providing opportunities beyond the students’ academic days to discover and develop their talents, and to explore contacts and occupations that may change their lives forever. One young female boarding student who represented England at the Olympic Games in rowing recalls of her early boarding school days as she says: “I will never ever forget the day that someone asked if anyone fancied rowing. I really had never given rowing any thought before, but I answered yes, and this changed my life forever.”

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Leading UK Boarding Schools

172_3_130184459238087662The UK boarding schools are among the best ranked educational institutions in the world. They are boasting long traditions of excellence in not only education, but also make sure your child will develop all his or her talents, be it music or sports, to the best possible level. There are many private and public boarding schools in the UK, all of them providing excellent care, education, and facilities, but let’s take a closer look at a few that are considered outstanding.

D’Overbroeck’s – North Oxford
This is an independent day and boarding school for students (both girls and boys) from 11 to 19. The school offers a widely varying approach to learning and education not only through comprehensive and rigorous academic programs, but also through outstanding extracurricular activities. D’Overbroeck’s is more than just a school. This is a place where studying is considered cool, and students take pride in preparing for the next phase in achieving academic and personal success. The school was established in 1977, and international students can enroll from age 14 in the schools prestigious GCSE program (1 or 2 years), that prepares them for the IB Diploma. The teachers are highly qualified and encouraging students to achieve their best and it comes at no surprise that d’Overbroeck’s students experience little difficulty in getting admitted to the top universities in the UK, such as Cambridge, Oxford, or London School of Economics. The school is known for its low student-teacher ratio, and students are assigned a personal tutors who oversees academic progress and supports them in staying satisfied both in and outside the classroom. The school offers extra-curricular activities that are pretty unique. There are more than thirty clubs that make sure that boarders will broaden not only their academic education, but also have more things to offer to universities and possible employers.

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Cambridge Center for Sixth-form Studies

images-37The Cambridge Center for Sixth-form Studies (CCSS) is one of Britain’s leading independent sixth-form colleges, and offers top-notch 1 and 2 year A-level and GCSE courses. CCSS was established in 1980 and during the past decades, the school built an excellent reputation for encouraging, success-focused education that prepares students optimally for academic, professional, and personal success. CCSS is situated right in the heart of the academic center that Cambridge is, and it is surrounded by all the great colleges that make up the University of Cambridge.

CCSS boasts small sized classes and the best tuition that are perfect for academic achievement and stimulate self-confidence and ambition. The school offers both boarding and day-time options and has a widely varied international student body, and offers an environment in which both students from the UK and abroad can thrive and become successful. International students may benefit from CCSS’s ‘International Summer School’ program, or the ‘Academic Foundation Course’ to get introduced to the UK education system as the alternative to the American Regents, SAT or ACT exams , but they may also join the school’s full academic A-Level and GCSE courses. UK students also have the chance to get an idea of life at CCSS if they join the school’s ‘Easter Revision Courses’ or a short ‘Summer Course’. Both options are designed to help students gain the level that makes all the grade differences.

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Boarding School Outlook

15854The modern-day boarding school offers a wide variety of options for both children and parents. There are children who stay at a boarding school on a full-time basis, while they can enjoy the weekends at home with their families, there are flexible boarding options, where a child can stay at the school on a regular basis for perhaps a few nights every week, and there are even occasional boarding options, for example when the parents, for example, are going to the theater. This might even lead to a child expressing the wish to stay because they enjoyed the stay so much when that happened before. All these different boarding options are especially useful for parents with younger children, and fact is that less than 50 percent of all boarders do so full-time.

Parents can rest assured as they know that their children are well guided and supervised by well-trained, caring, and dedicated staff members, that their children are studying and enjoying themselves in a quite comfortable surrounding, and that their kids are stimulated to work on their musical skills, and be supported to stretch their sporting muscles. Parents realize that their children are on the right track towards future success in all sorts of directions, and this will alleviate their natural concerns and the fact that they’re missing them. Sure, parents will be missing their children, possibly even more than the other way around, but it’s a great development of contemporary boarding education that staying in touch with parents is easier than ever before, and the importance of good and frequent contact is recognized and has never been take more seriously.

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EF Academy International Boarding School Oxford

23b5868778de2016502e68f9e78a4b53From Oxford’s EF Academy’s boarding school you only need five minutes by bike to get to the city center. Oxford is a small but very vibrant city that boasts beautiful buildings, great parks, and a large, highly diverse academic community that’s dominated by one of the world’s most famous universities. EF Academy in Oxford is a British high school that’s spread out over two campuses only separated by a short walk down Pullens Lane, a tiny road in one of Oxford’s quiet residential neighborhoods. Both sections of EF Academy are characterized by buildings featuring traditional architecture and beautiful outdoor spaces that offer students the opportunity to meet for breakfast, or lunch and dinner breaks, or to take a coffee if they have the time to do so. The dorms and residence buildings are located on one side of the school’s campus, and the reception area, gym, dining hall, library, and most of the classrooms are located on the other campus portions. Beyond the school’s campus, there are many shops, cafes, restaurants, and cinemas, that offer plenty of opportunities to enjoy the life and culture of your British host country.

Oxford, with its impressive historic university and highly diverse student body, is (together with Cambridge) world famous as the academic center of Britain (and some like to think the world). At EF Academy’s internationally orientated private Oxford high school you have the chance to combine the best of Britain’s academic traditions with the best contemporary learning, resulting in the best possible pre-university academic experience that’s sure to position you for professional and personal achievement and success in a rapidly globalizing 21st century world of industry.

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