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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, to realise just how much boarding can enrich a child’s life.

  • Ludgrove School

    The advantages of starting boarding in a preparatory school

    Long gone are the days when parents would drop their children at the school gate and wave goodbye until half term. Many schools offer a variety of boarding options – weekly, flexi or full – giving something for everyone. At Ludgrove, we offer a full boarding model enabling parents to relax with the confidence that their children are safe and...

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    The popularity of prep school boarding

    ‘My other half was away all this week with work, I had to go to my daughter’s concert on Wednesday evening and couldn’t pick up Rory from school. He caught wind of my dilemma on Monday and said, “It’s OK Mum, I’ll board”. After my jaw hit the floor, I quickly gave in.’ I told her that he would have...

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  • Port Regis

    The importance of kindness

    Kindness is seen by some as an old-fashioned value but research studies have shown that it has significant physical and emotional benefits and that children need kindness to flourish as healthy, happy and well-rounded individuals. This is particularly the case in a boarding school environment where children live in close proximity and have to get along. At Port Regis we...

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  • Boys

    Boys only? The case has never been stronger

    Let’s take boys. There is no doubt that most boys benefit from regular and vigorous exercise and they achieve their very best in a competitive situation. This is why the traditional preparatory school (and to a lesser extent, senior independent school) timetable is based on lessons in the morning, with a daily games period following lunch, before the children head...

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  • Bestow Hall school

    How boarding schools support children’s mental and emotional development

    The point is that these three abstract nouns are the keys to our capacity to form and maintain relationships in life which, in turn, leads to that Holy Grail – happiness. This is not to say life, particularly the life of a child, should be unalloyed happiness, but it is a notion that merits unpicking within the discussion about boarding...

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  • Dean Close

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

    All good schools claim to have excellent pastoral care. But not all schools can demonstrate this through genuinely caring and supportive relationships which act as a filter for all events taking place in a busy school. Not all schools are fortunate enough to have a multi-layered blanket of staff covering all pupils and preventing anyone from falling through the gaps....

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    How do we develop a social conscience in our children?

    An independent education needs to go much further. Nothing is more important than inspiring children to be genuinely outward-looking, with a passion to serve and support those less fortunate than themselves. This vision needs to sit at the heart of any school’s mission statement and it has to be implemented in meaningful and creative ways. At Walhampton, we believe our job...

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  • Why board at a country prep school?

    Boarding prep schools offer the opportunity for childhood to last longer and for childhood to be enhanced. Boarding schools provide an environment with excellent pastoral care and an extensive array of stimulating activities, where children’s time is carefully balanced between a clear routine and free time for them to manage for themselves. The experience of boarding at a prep school...

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    Choosing a boarding prep school – in Scotland!

    However, today’s boarding schools are not ‘Hogwarts’ and, in separating myth from reality, children and their parents choose prep school boarding for many reasons, which does not include Quidditch. Good teaching in small classes with staff who offer excellent pastoral care means pupils can grow and flourish in a warm and supportive community. There are many good boarding prep schools....

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