The importance of the creative arts


Liz Laybourn, Head of Burgess Hill Girls School A boarding environment gives children and young people an unrivalled opportunity to develop their creative talents to the full. Whether it’s fine art, design and technology, textiles or graphics, music and drama or photography, the arts should be at the heart of the school curriculum. But in […]


How does boarding promote wellbeing?


Jo Duncan, Head of The Royal High School Bath (GDST) How does boarding promote wellbeing and help children and young people thrive? If ‘wellbeing’ is defined as being physically and mentally healthy and able to cope with life’s challenges in a positive and constructive manner, then a good boarding school experience will support this in […]


The benefits of boys-only boarding

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The benefits of boys-only boarding John Moule, Warden of Radley College I am not a single-sex zealot. That might seem odd coming from the Warden of Radley College, one of the great bastions of boys-only boarding, but it’s true. I get a little fed up with evangelical statements, backed up by supposedly incontrovertible statistics, that girls do […]


Co-education or single-sex? – look for a school where individuality is valued

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Lee Glaser, Headmaster of Taunton School ‘Men are from Mars and women are from Venus’– or apparently not, according to a study published in November 2015 by a team from Tel Aviv University. This study has shown that there’s really not much in the way of difference between male brains and female brains. There are […]


How a boarding environment helps pupils develop

Cheltenham College

Jo Cameron, Principal of Queenswood Going to a single-sex boarding school means having lots of fun, forming lifelong friendships and building a strong support network. What can be better than living and sharing a room with your best friends? And, what’s more, these friends come from all over the world and open your eyes to […]


Promoting good mental health in boarding schools

St Marys Calne

Promoting good mental health in boarding schools Dr Felicia Kirk, Headmistress of St Mary’s Calne Times have changed across society – very much for the better – when it comes to talking about mental health issues. No serious employer is without a programme to encourage employees to be open about their experiences, and there are many great examples of individuals dealing successfully with […]


Girls and engineering and other STEM subjects


Girls and engineering and other STEM subjects Olivera Raraty, Headmistress of Malvern St James Girls’ School UK plc has a major skills shortage. Engineering UK’s 2017 report The State of Engineering estimates an annual shortage of 20,000 skilled engineers, while other estimates range between 25,000 and 60,000. Given that engineering contributes 26 per cent of […]


A ‘digital revolution’ in boarding schools


A ‘digital revolution’ in boarding schools – Elaine Logan, Warden of Glenalmond College  As with most independent boarding schools, digital technology first arrived at Glenalmond in Physics classrooms during the 1980s. Endless fascination with simple programs ensued, producing amusing times with controlled lights and beepers. It would be at least 15 years before most school […]


What do we mean by a boarder’s progress and how do schools measure it?


What do we mean by a boarder’s progress and how do schools measure it? George Budd, Deputy Head Academic at Godolphin School Progress is one of those words we see a lot in education – you’ll read it in your son or daughter’s reports, on school websites and in inspection reports, and there are even […]


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