British boarding schools have been providing pupils with academic, sporting and extracurricular excellence since medieval times. Several of the world’s finest politicians, financiers and thinkers have been educated at British boarding schools. Such schools typically offer a child top-rate teachers, broad horizons, excellent sports facilities, total immersion in the British culture and language, small class sizes, inspiring surroundings and the potential for lifelong friendships. Here, we look at the advantages of sending your child to boarding school at three different entry points.
Entry to a preparatory school when a child is eight gives them the chance to develop their English language early. In addition, most prep schools prepare pupils from the start for entrance into outstanding senior schools. For example, in 2016, Ludgrove sent five boys to Harrow, nine to Eton and 13 to Radley.
Most prestigious boarding schools – including, for example, Marlborough, Winchester and Charterhouse – begin when a child is 13. There is no doubt that the transition from day to boarding school is easiest when a child is doing it with lots of other new boarders. Plus, when a child spends five years studying, sleeping and socialising under the same roof as their peers, useful social links may well be established. After all, of the 54 British Prime Ministers, 19 went to Eton, seven to Harrow and six to Westminster.
By the age of 16, your child will likely be ready for the independence that a boarding school offers. Also, two years of intensive academic preparation for A Levels and entrance into university can have a huge impact on a pupil’s results. For example, in 2016, Wellington sent 10 pupils to Cambridge, 19 to Oxford and 21 to Edinburgh.
About Holland Park
Established in London in 2004, and now with offices in Dubai (2013) and Hong Kong (2017), Holland Park Tuition & Education Consultants helps hundreds of pupils prepare for and enter British schools and universities. Holland Park work with over 800 families per year and in 2017 students have won places at schools such as Westminster, Eton and Cheltenham Ladies College, and universities including LSE, Oxford and Cambridge. Holland Park have over 300 highly experienced and trained British teachers. Through our online school, the Holland Park eAcademy, we handle students’ complete education with full A Level and GCSE courses, as well as enabling our teachers to prepare students anywhere in the world.