Whether you are in the position to choose whether you intend to send your child to boarding school either in this country or else internationally, or you are conversely in the situation where your child has no alternative but to attend boarding school, then choosing the right school where they are guaranteed to prosper can sometimes be tricky.
With this in mind, continue reading for some top tips and pieces of advice to help you choose the right boarding school for your child or children.
Choose A School With A Strong Sense Of Community
Boarding school or not, a strong sense of community, bonding and togetherness is of paramount importance for any new school, but when it comes to boarding schools, community becomes an absolute necessity.
The importance of community in a boarding school is such that it requires checking not just with the heads of the school and other spokespeople, but also with present students and alumni as well, to enquire as to the strength of the community and to check everyone is encouraged to join in and are automatically included if they so desire.
Choose A School With Co-Educational Boarding
There is a myriad of benefits to co-educational boarding, especially at a prestigious and respected British international boading school, including, but in no way limited to, the following:
- Team-building activities to help the transitions between school, university and life having graduated
- Co-educational boarding is more indicative of a normalized environment
- The fostering of healthy competition and self-improvement goals
- The promotion of proper diversity and equality
- A building of character, personality and perspective
- Develops self-confidence
- Encourages leadership skills
Choose A School With Varied Extra-Curricular Activities
Naturally, most schools whether they be situated in your own country of origin or else a British international one, or whether they are private or indeed public, encourage their students to participate in various extra-curricular activities.
When researching the right boarding school which meets both your own and your child’s specific criteria, ensure you look into the types, quantities and frequencies of extra-curricular activities and adventures. Co-curricular activities are sure to help mold, shape and build your child’s personality as they go through school.
Choose A School With Strong Security Features
Unfortunately, in this modern world, security is of optimum importance, especially regarding boarding school for your child or children.
The security across the entirety of the site, from the educational buildings themselves to the boarding houses should be in plain sight, extremely present, constant and consistent. Look for the frankly mandatory presence of CCTV cameras, gatekeepers, patrols and security guards as a standard. You should also discuss what safety protocols they have to protect your child while they access the internet and how they introduce the topic of crime and predators online.
Choose A School With Crystal-Clear & Fixed Fees
Whether or not you and your family have any particular financial concerns and a budget that you need to stick to when researching the ideal boarding school, another slightly more logical and mundane consideration (but one that is absolutely necessary) pertains to the clarity and comprehensibility of how the school structures their fees and charges.