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 […]


Choosing an all-boys’ boarding education

Choosing Education

Tim Haynes, Headmaster of Tonbridge School My views on single-sex education are very much shaped by my time as Headmaster of Monmouth and, for the last 10 years, as Headmaster of Tonbridge. Both are well-regarded all-boys’ boarding schools. Although all-boys’ schools were once commonplace, there are now only a few of comparable size and reputation […]


The benefits of co-education

Marlborough College

Jonathan Leigh, Master of Marlborough College Modern co-educational boarding is a highly inclusive experience. Full weekends of activities, usually planned at a house level, are at the heart of engaged boarding. Pupils who get the most out of boarding enjoy social interaction, want to take part in the many events available, and have a well-developed […]


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 […]


The best of both worlds – the ‘diamond model’

Diamond School

Ian Davies, Headmaster of Brentwood School There is a conventional wisdom that single-sex schools are better academically and co-educational schools are better socially. However, I don’t see this as an ‘either-or’ debate. Actually, at Brentwood School, we provide both. Along with nine other schools in the country, we follow what is known as the ‘Diamond […]


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

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 challenges that would once have made working […]


Girls and engineering and other STEM subjects


Olivera Raraty, Headmistress of Malvern St James Girls’ School According to Dame Professor Ann Dowling, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK plc has a major skills shortage – by 2022 we will need at least 1.82 million new engineering, science and technology professionals. And what about women? Currently women make up less than […]


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 administration systems were computerised and smart […]


The role of the houseparent


Bex Tear, Headmistress of Badminton School Boarding school life is a rich and varied tapestry full of shared experiences that create a strong network of friends for life and a wonderful set of memories. One of the most vital ingredients for these golden years is a boarder’s houseparent. Every boarding house will have its own […]


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