Quite a number of parents have recently asked me why choose boarding? Often I find that Dad is keen, but Mum says ‘over my dead body.’ It seems to be a widely mis-understood concept which parents either love or hate. Those who are of a negative opinion have usually arrived at this conclusion as a result of out-of-date opinions formed through personal experience or hearing stories told by family or other parent contacts.
Here are a few points below which some parents feel have helped them to get a grasp of why boarding might be worth considering, when they might have previously dismissed it.
1) Watch confidence grow through time doing sport, music, drama, art instead of commuting.
2) Leave work-week nagging of your soon to be hormonal teenager to the professionals.
3) Expand your independent or grammar school choice options, especially where siblings have different needs, without moving house.
4) Develop independence, an ability to think for themselves, coupled with a lasting network of useful contacts for the future.
5) Retire the parent taxi service for after school activities or play dates. It’s all there in situ!
6) Solve childcare challenges in busy professional families. Access to a long school day programme and plenty to get involved in at weekends too.
7) A source of stability and pastoral support whilst there may be difficult relationship issues between parents at home.
8) Access to the best British Education, even when work commitments require travel overseas or a fixed-contract move abroad.
9) Accelerated achievement through 7 day a week access to the library, art room, specialist help with homework and a huge breadth of other facilities and resources.
10) Gain cultural understanding and tolerance of others, to facilitate future success in a Global career world.