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How To Choose The Right Boarding School For Your Child

Whether you have already decided to send your child to boarding school, either for several school terms or else on a more long-term basis, or you are merely considering this option for the future, it can sometimes be more than a little bamboozling when it comes to deciding on the right one.

With this in mind, continue reading for a guide on how to choose the right boarding school for your child. 

Research Boarding Demographics

One of the most often overlooked elements that should contribute to choosing the right boarding school for your child is that of the current boarding demographics of this particular academic year and of the few in recent years gone by. 

Particularly, make sure you find out whether they are indeed coeducational boarding schools, or whether any shortlisted schools are based on a single-sex boarding basis. It would be prudent to point out that, generally, co-educational boarding schools tend to have a higher reputation for more adequately preparing children for the real-world environment than their single-sex boarding relations. 

Always Visit Potential Schools

Understandably, if you are considering sending your child to a prestigious and established international boarding school, such as the incredibly renowned and reputable, it can be more of a substantial upheaval and long way to go to physically visit the establishment.

However, naturally your child’s education and happiness are both of optimum priority, so wherever it is possible to take a tour of the school along with your child, you should always take this opportunity.

Check Out The School’s Ethos 

Another incredibly important thing to do having shortlisted a number of potential boarding schools for your child is to fully research and understand the basic ethos of each individual school.

Most pertinently, it is absolutely essential that the school you finally decide on to send your child has a strong sense of community and belonging, which is incredibly important to ensure the smooth transition for your child’s emotional health and wellbeing in the first few weeks and months of moving there. 

Remember that smaller boarding schools tend to have a much stronger sense of family and belonging, but that by no means that a larger school is unable to ensure your child feels safe, secure and nurtured during their stay.

Pastoral Care Is Exceedingly Important

Another incredibly important component of a good and reputable boarding school is that of the quality of the pastoral care available and offered for each and every student. 

Obviously, as long as your child lives at home with you, you know they are being fully taken care of in each and every single way, but when they move out of the family home into a boarding school, you must have absolute and unwavering confidence in the standard of pastoral care afforded. 

A good boarding school will pride itself on placing the welfare of the children who live with them as an absolute optimum priority and will provide the same amount of care that the child’s parents or guardians would back at home.

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