Should I Send My Child To Boarding School?
With today’s hustle and bustle lifestyle and a strong tradition of boarding within many families, more parents are considering boarding as a great option for their children. Taking children away from city suburbs to beautiful grounds in leafy semi-rural locations. Private schools are also offering parents a wider range of boarding options. Boarding options now include flexi boarding allowing parents to leave their children at the school a few days a week, where parents see children grow both academically and personally. Developing in a highly nurturing environment . Alongside the traditional options of full term boarding and boarding on weekdays.
Private schools in the UK offer one of the best educations available in the UK with students finishing with an A and A* grade averaging higher across all STEM subjects for GCSE’s and A level subjects.
A-level, proportion A*/A grades, STEM
This information is displayed as percentages.
Source: ISC annual Census 2018
With smaller classes and plenty of one-on-one time made available to students. Private teachers working in private schools have plenty of time to offer academic guidance to each student.
Many private schools also help students find placements at Russell Group universities and help them choose the path that is right for them when applying to universities. This includes one-on-one discussions with the students about their career options, support with their application and a range of opportunities to improve a students chances of success when aiming for a prestigious university.
Private schools also typically offer a wide range of extra curricular activities from horse riding, rugby, sailing and hockey to drama classes or taking part in a band or ensemble. Private schools typically also offer students holiday clubs plus events and activities that parents can get involved with, giving parents a chance to get involved in a child’s academic journey. Of course parents can also expect a warm welcome at social events such as school plays, musical performances and fundraisers carried out throughout the year.
Building Life Long Friendships
Joining a boarding school can be difficult on a child and their family. Parents have to learn to spend less time with their children while relying on the school to keep their child safe. Meanwhile children are being separated from their families and are being made to leave old friends. Despite this boarding schools offer a great environment to form friendships that could last a lifetime. Many students continue their friendships made at school throughout college and sometimes throughout their lives.
Parents Working Long Hours
Parents who work long hours or need to move a lot due to work may find it difficult to provide their child a stable education and the attention they need. Boarding schools offer children a structured lifestyle with plenty of time to catch up with friends, make calls home and a variety of clubs and activities to take part of.
Boarding schools also offer pastoral care; offering support for and commitment to enhancing the social, emotional, physical and moral well-being of all members of their community. Pastoral care can vary from school to school but it is typically stronger in the house with many aiming to develop a firm, meaningful and nurturing relationships with students and a warm and friendly relationship with parents helping deal with difficult times more effectively.
Private schools try to nurture children’s development while encouraging them to develop a sense of independence. Children are expected to wash and dress themselves in the morning before making their bed and finding their way to the dining room for breakfast.
Students are typically awarded a buddy while they learn the ropes in boarding school and are supported by a team while they are familiarised with the campus and lifestyle. Once settled in children are expected to keep time between lessons assuring they show up on time to their classes.
Sharing living spaces means children have to quickly develop their social skills as they are challenged to introduce themselves and interact with others. By sharing their sleeping quarters children typically find that they gain a respect for others, take pride in their surroundings and be more mindful of how they present themselves.
Keeping Teens ‘On The Rails’
Parents may find that sending their children to a boarding school could help stop their children getting mixed with the ‘wrong crowd’ or consider placement as a way of dealing with a defiant teenager. Parents should consider whether a change of environment could be what is needed. Teenagers often create an external environment that reflects their current attitudes and behaviours including the friends they maintain, where they choose to spend their free time and the media they choose to consume. If you believe the environment your child has created poses a serious risk to themselves or others contacting child and adolescent mental health services or seeking counseling may be a better first step. Seeking counsel may also be a more appropriate first step as families can alter the home environment.
Parents finding a child is making poor choices in terms of who they surround themselves with may find that introducing them to a new, positive environment could bring about change. Surrounding your child with positive stimulus could help clear their mind and re-evaluate their life choices. In order for adolescents to gain a desire to change, they must experience the consequences of different choices and learn that there are alternative ways of conducting themselves that bring more desirable results into their lives.
No Arguments Over Schoolwork
Many parents find themselves battling over school work with not much improvement in learning or performance at school. This could often lead to a vicious cycle of parents nagging their child and students avoiding or even refusing to carry out the work rather than working towards the goal of helping the child enjoy learning and developing a sense of independence with respect towards schoolwork.
While studying at a private school students have time set aside to carry out prep work (homework). This would typically be made of two 1 hour sessions per day to carry out the any necessary tasks. The work carried out in this time would expand on what was learnt in the classroom with students expected to take responsibility for their educational experience. The amount of homework varies with senior students expected to make a larger commitment to homework with a wide variety of educational resources made available to them during this personalised work time.
Following Family Tradition
Many families have a long standing tradition of sending children to a chosen private school and consider it to be a vital aspect of their children’s upbringing. Private schools offer unique opportunities later in life, setting children on a path Britain’s top universities and high paying roles in the public and private sector. Children are also offered the opportunity to develop a network of friends that would otherwise be unavailable to them.
The private school system offers an emphasis on smaller class sizes, better facilities compared to comprehensive schools and a better chance of getting into top Russell group universities such as Oxbridge, Bristol or Durham and getting a top job at the end of it.