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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.

  • Chorister at Kings College School, Cambridge

    King’s is more than Christmas

    In the fifteenth century, King’s Choristers were provided with meals and clothing, and eight pence a week for their board. Things have certainly changed since then!

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    What is it really like to board at prep school?

    There is something about British boarding school life that has always captured the imagination but literature and film are littered with enduring yet outdated stereotypes. Modern UK boarding schools are warm and welcoming, well regulated and full of sympathetic staff who provide superb pastoral support for their pupils. As a consequence, children flourish. Like many independent prep schools, St Andrew’s...

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    The advantages of starting boarding in a preparatory 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 can enrich a child’s life.

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  • All-Hallows-Preparatory-School

    The popularity of prep school boarding

    In today’s rapidly changing and demanding world, where our view of life is distorted by social media and expectations of our young people are high, our prep boarding schools offer children an oasis into which they can escape.  

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  • Port Regis

    The importance of kindness

    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 in which they will live, work and, we hope, thrive.

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  • Aysgarth-School

    Why choose a boarding prep school?

    Like many boarding prep schools, Aysgarth has a vast activities programme and the boys work hard and have a great deal of fun. Boarding is not for everyone, but it does have enormous advantages and I would like to outlline the key benefits here.

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  • Bestow Hall school

    How boarding schools support children’s mental and emotional development

    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’. (Occasionally ‘time’ is offered up too, but more usually by old stagers in...

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  • Dean-Close-Prep

    When to introduce more freedom to prep school boarders

    Every parent hopes their child will grow up to be a success – a happy and fulfilled adult who makes considered choices and who appreciates the value of being of service to others. Many schools promise to provide the opportunities to achieve this, particularly through boarding provision. Boarding is no longer popular simply as a necessity for travelling or busy...

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    How do we develop a social conscience in our children?

    Children in independent schools often lead relatively privileged lives, so one of the more challenging responsibilities of a school is developing a social conscience in its pupils. The teaching of subjects like history, geography and religious studies can broaden a child’s understanding of the wider world, but is that sufficient?

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  • Windlesham School

    Prep school boarding – protecting innocence while exploring reality

    In a world where children have more access than ever to types of communication that can be considered to strip away their innocence, it is vital to provide sanctuaries where the ideals of childhood can be preserved. I would argue that in providing such a sanctuary a boarding prep school is not merely a shelter from the ‘real world’ but...

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