The advantages of starting boarding in a preparatory school

Ludgrove School

Simon Barber, Headmaster of Ludgrove School Boarding in a prep school brings a wonderfully diverse range of advantages, most importantly the amount of fun the children have. You only have to see the smiles on their faces and the excitement of planning what to do with their free time, to realise just how much boarding […]


The popularity of prep school boarding


The popularity of prep school boarding – James Hanson, Headmaster of Aldro School ‘You warned me this might happen!’ Some headmasters might dread a parent coming to see them and uttering that statement. However, I smiled inwardly as this particular mother told me the story that I had been quietly anticipating would come at some […]


The importance of kindness

Port Regis

Stephen Ilett, Headmaster of Port Regis When I am asked by parents and prospective parents what qualities of character I think are important to instil in children today, kindness is one of the first I mention. Academic success and other achievements, however important, will not be enough to see children through the twenty-first century world […]


Boys only? The case has never been stronger


Boys only? The case has never been stronger Rob Morse, Headmaster of Aysgarth School Single-sex education is often misunderstood. Critics are quick to lay claim to discrimination and to suggest it produces individuals who lack confidence around the opposite sex. Nothing could be further from the truth. Single-sex education is not about pitting boys against […]


How boarding schools support children’s mental and emotional development

Bestow Hall school

Fred de Falbe, Headmaster of Beeston Hall In an assembled group at school, it is an obvious and easy question to ask – what do we value most highly in life? For some the first answer may be God, but more commonly – certainly among prep school age children – it is ‘family’, or ‘love’. […]


Home from home – the key to quality pastoral care in a boarding environment

Dean Close

Paddy Moss, Headmaster of Dean Close Preparatory School Quality pastoral care is key to the personal development of children. A happy and secure child is more likely to succeed in the full range of experiences offered to them during their formative years. In a successful school, pastoral care and academic life work together effectively in […]


Junior boarding – a positive experience

Dragon School

Dr Crispin Hyde-Dunn, Headmaster of the Dragon School, Oxford Boarding for children ages 8 to 13 appeals to families for many reasons. These range from excellent preparation for transition to senior school, to practical family reasons such as busy professional lives leading to frequent moves or postings abroad. In some cases, even the ‘Harry Potter’ […]


Why board at a country prep school?

Simon Hitchings, Head of Swanbourne House School As we see our children growing up, we all look back at our own childhood and compare it with the experience of the rising generation. The balance of the comparison may swing either way in our minds. The world has undoubtedly advanced for the better in so many […]


Choosing a boarding prep school – in Scotland!


Choosing a boarding prep school – in Scotland! – Henry Knight, Headmaster of Belhaven Hill School The modern boarding prep school has enjoyed a bout of ‘Hogwarts’ popularity since the ‘Harry Potter’ films. Many children now envisage boarding as a ‘magical’ time spent with friends while enjoying many adventures. In today’s modern boarding school this […]


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