If you found our last blog helpful, you are going to love this one!

Extend your Boarding School Research by moving on to the second part of the checklist (located at the bottom of this blog series on all 3 blogs) In this blog we are going to cover the Logistic research for the right boarding school for your child. I am going to keep this one short and sweet as I am aware there was plenty of information which can be overwhelming from Boarding School Research Pt.1.

So, hang tight, the questions below are designed to help you to plan for your school search in a clear and logical way.

Use them as a step-by-step guide to drive discussion at home before you start your research. If you’ve already started your research, use them to check you have the right schools on your radar. Answering these key questions will enable you to come up with the right road map of what you are looking for in a boarding school. 

Use the checklist at the bottom of this blog to keep your research organised and make this process more enjoyable.

  1. Are you looking for flexi-boarding (a few nights per week), weekly boarding (returning home at weekends) or full boarding with an extensive 7 day a week programme?

This depends on whether you live overseas or in the UK and how often you would like your child to return home. Deciding this now will help your research. It’s no good deciding you like a school very much, only to find it doesn’t offer the type of boarding you are looking for.

  1. What type of working week are your looking for?

Do you have family commitments that would make Saturday morning school a nuisance as you want your child to weekly board and come home? Do you want to attend school sports matches and concerts to support your child and hence when do these take place-weekday afternoons or on Saturdays? The working week needs to fit with your family commitments or you will be starting an un-pleasant battle with the school to get access to your child when they are already committed to something at school such as a sports fixture. Choose the right school in the first place and this confrontation will not occur.

  1. Is location important?

Do you want a school within an hour of home so you can get involved in school events in term-time? Is a certain trainline more convenient or a certain airport for flying home?

  1. Do you have a budget for school fees?

These can vary hugely from school to school and look out for ‘extras’ like trips and music lessons which will be added to the school bill. Are you hoping for a scholarship (mainly honorary) or a bursary? Plan this application well ahead and read how the process works for each school you are researching. Inform the schools as early as possible that you will need assistance with fees.

Ok, so hopefully this blog is nice and short compared to the last. Here’s a CHECKLIST (Remember the checklist covers elements which will be in the final blog that will come out Wed 16th Jan! Keep your eyes peeled for it)
Use it to summarise your decisions from the questions above. It should create a Mind Map of what the perfect school for your child and family looks like.
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  • Current Interests/Talents

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  • Learning Needs

  • Career Aspirations

  • Competitive vs. Nurture

  • Starting Age, Year and Date

  • Current School Thoughts

  • Type of Boarding

  • Saturday School or Other Weekly Commitments

  • Location Criteria

  • Transport Access Points

  • Fees Budget per Year

  • Scholarship Application

  • Bursary Needed

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