Uk Boarding Life

The environment of a UK Boarding School is nurturing, caring and aims to giving each child the opportunities to develop.

UK boarding schools offer you an outstanding education, helping you to develop your skills and progress to university. All UK boarding schools must meet strict government standards on the quality of their teaching, facilities and student care.

Many UK boarding schools combine beautiful, centuries-old buildings with a mix of modern classrooms and traditional architecture. The excellent facilities help make living and learning a great experience and you will improve your English skills while you study.

Most UK boarding schools teach a mix of international pupils and local UK pupils. ‘Boarders’ are pupils who live at the school. ‘Day pupils’ live with their families and return home at the end of the school day. This mix helps to create a good social atmosphere.

Boarding schools usually close for the long summer and Christmas holidays and pupils return home to their parents or guardians. Some schools do, however, run language courses during this period.

For the shorter half-term holidays, some schools stay open. Typically, you won’t have normal classes, but you will be supervised by staff and be able to take part in activities and events.

Sporting activities are high-profile activities at boarding school. You will do some sport as part of your physical education (PE) lessons, but you can choose to do a lot more. In boarding schools, there are teams of different ages for many sports including netball, hockey, cricket, football, rugby and lacrosse. You can play squash, golf, tennis, badminton and take part in athletics, gymnastics and swimming. Other schools also arrange horse riding, fencing, and sailing.  In a typical UK boarding school there are over 20 – 30 sporting activities from which you can choose.

Sport plays a central role in the school’s mission to support and nurture individual pupils with diverse needs.  We believe sport develops pupils’ confidence and resilience through physical, technical and mental stimulus, and exposure to teamwork and leadership opportunities.

Where the parents of the child are not resident in the UK, getting a Guardian is statutorily
required resident in the UK. The majority of independent schools make it a condition of
admission to their school that any overseas student must have a UK based Guardian.
Role of Guardians
Guardians have several roles;
1. Provide a place for your child to stay during school holidays (which are normally many in the UK) and half-term breaks when all students have to go home.
2. May provide transportation to and from school or from airports etc.
3. Can support your child financially by giving them pocket money, paying for school trips or excursions etc.
4.Can serve as your representative when it comes to making certain decisions for your child, signing forms, attending parents’ meetings and being there in case of an emergency – for instance, if your child becomes sick or is suspended or expelled from school. AEGIS (The Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students) alongside School Platt can assist you in choosing a guardian for your child. AEGIS provides accreditatio for reputable guardianship organisations. The inspections and assessment are rigorous and ensure that each organisation adheres to the AEGIS Code of Practice. AEGIS inspectors are independent and have previously trained with the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).

School membership of AEGIS signifies a school’s endorsement of standards and measures that help to protect the international student and to maintain the highest level of care. With a large number of independent schools and colleges taking up membership, the AEGIS motif represents a hallmark for best practice in the care of international students.

Students can by way of choice are allowed to participate in different extracurricular activities such as excursions and club activities. Most schools have clubs such as Japanese Club, Chinese Club, Media Club, Choir etc.

These clubs are becoming increasingly popular each term, with a high percentage of students not being one of the above nationalities wanting to join. This highlights the school’s ability to create an atmosphere that students feel comfortable within mixing with different nationalities and wanting to learn different languages.
Each term there are musicals and drama productions integrated by students, in addition to talent shows and regular fund raising activities.
Outdoor Education is now a firmly established part of the curriculum in UK Boarding Schools, enabling students to take advantage of UK' stunning landscape and natural resources to learn valuable life skills. Sometimes, the students are taken to London to go have a view of live football matches.

At a boarding school, you live with other pupils in a boarding house – there might be several boarding houses in each school. Girls and boys stay in separate accommodation. There will also be at least one house parent who lives on the premises who is there to look after you and care for your needs.

Young boarders will probably share a bedroom or dormitory with other children. Older boarders usually have their own private bedroom, or share a room with just one other pupil. You might also have your own bathroom or washing facilities.

Most boarding houses have comfortable communal areas where you can relax, socialize and watch television with your fellow pupils.

The UK boarding school system is split into three levels;

Primary education is for children aged four or five up to 11 or 13. You might hear this referred to as primary school, infant school, junior school, pre-preparatory school or preparatory school.

Secondary education is for pupils aged 11 or 13 to 16. You might hear this referred to as secondary school, high school or senior school. In the last two years of secondary school (age 14 to 16), most pupils study for GCSE qualifications. Alternatives include Standard grades and Intermediates in Scotland, or the
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program.

Sixth form is for students aged 16 to 18. The two years are often called Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth. At sixth form level, most pupils take A-levels. Alternative qualifications include Standard Grades and Higher in Scotland, or the International Baccalaureate. Please see Further education for more details.

Boarding schools offer a wide range of subjects including mathematics, sciences, history, geography, drama, IT, literature and foreign languages. All these qualifications are highly regarded by universities, colleges and employers in the UK and around the world.