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As with attending any school, choosing to board is a personal decision for parents to make with their child – and with support and advice from their chosen school.

  • Value of a boarding education.

    Over the past couple of years, there have been particular events at Abberley Hall, sometimes rather challenging ones, that have hammered home to me the intrinsic value of a boarding education.

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  • About Boarding

    What about boarding schools?

    Boarding schools continue to be popular in the twenty-first century, offering exceptional education and extra-curricular activities with round-the-clock pastoral care. 

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  • parents’

    A parents’ guide to surviving the school marketplace

    Whenever the time comes to trade in the family car, my whole tribe embarks on the collective project.

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  • Inspections

    Inspections of accredited independent boarding schools

    All English accredited independent boarding schools are inspected on a three-year cycle. This current cycle started in April 2016. If the boarding school is in membership of one of the five independent school associations (GSA, HMC, IAPS, ISA, Society of Heads) and thus accredited by its association, the inspection of boarding is carried out by a specialist team of boarding...

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  • Ofsted-Inspection

    Ofsted inspection of boarding schools

    Much of the material in the previous article Inspections of accredited independent boarding schools is relevant to Ofsted’s inspection of boarding schools and I would recommend reading this article as well. The material has not been repeated here as it is available on the previous pages.

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  • Governors

    The importance of good governance

    Many parents do not research closely the composition of the governing board when they are considering a school for their child. Yet the role of governors is critical to the success of a school 

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  • Turning minimum standards

    Turning minimum standards into excellence

    The Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) is committed to supporting everyone involved in boarding – adults and children – offering high quality guidance and training that benefits schools, their staff and, perhaps most importantly, the children and young people who board. Our primary objective is to raise professional standards and we have an extensive and diverse continuing professional development (CPD) and...

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  • School visits

    School visits: questions and answers

    School visits can take many forms. They can involve meeting the Head or perhaps attending an open day. Whatever the format, the first meeting is crucial so if possible always try to visit a school on a normal day. If it goes well, follow it up with an open day visit. Further visits can then be arranged; for example, potential...

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  • League tables – just one measure of success

    One of the great joys and benefits of a boarding education is the fact that it provides the time and the space to offer a rich array of opportunities which enable young people to grow and develop and explore the person they are. They discover passions and interests, they develop their character and they learn to play a positive part...

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  • Faith in our Schools

    Faith in our schools

    Faith schools have often been – and continue to be – controversial. People opposing faith schools express concerns about the possible indoctrination of developing minds whereas supporters point to the strong moral compass they provide in a world which provides so many temptations and distractions for young people.

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