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Top Must-Watch Boarding School Movies and TV Shows


We all love a good movie, and there have been numerous gems created that delve into the fascinating and sometimes mysterious world of boarding schools. From tales of magic and camaraderie to stories of friendship and rivalry, these movies and TV shows offer us a glimpse into the unique experiences and adventures that unfold within the walls of boarding schools.


Thankfully, real-life boarding school experiences are typically far removed from the sensationalised narratives we see on screen. In reality, boarding schools are environments that prioritise care, personal growth, and academic enrichment.


Here's TIEC's top must-watch boarding school movies and TV shows that are sure to keep you entertained and immersed!


Dead Poets Society (1989)

 Discover the transformative power of education and individuality in this timeless classic starring Robin Williams as an inspiring English teacher at an all-boys preparatory school.


Harry Potter Series (2001-2011)

  Step into the magical world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with Harry, Hermione, and Ron as they navigate friendship, bravery, and the challenges of growing up.


The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018-2020)

 Join Sabrina Spellman as she balances life as a teenage witch and a student at the Academy of Unseen Arts, a boarding school for witches, in this dark and captivating series.


The Crown (2016-present)

 While not solely focused on boarding schools, delve into Prince Charles' experience at Gordonstoun School and the challenges faced by royalty in the context of education and societal expectations.


School Ties (1992)

Explore themes of identity and privilege as a Jewish student navigates prejudice and social dynamics at an elite prep school in the 1950s.


She's the Man (2006)

Experience comedy and romance as a girl disguises herself as her brother to attend an elite boarding school soccer team in this entertaining film.


Spud (2010)

Follow the hilarious and heartfelt journey of a quirky boy navigating friendships, challenges, and self-discovery at a South African boarding school in the 1990s.


Cracks (2009)

Delve into mystery and intrigue as a charismatic teacher and her elite swim team face dark secrets and power struggles at an English girls' boarding school.


The Emperor's Club (2002)

 Witness the clash of ideals between a dedicated teacher and his students at an exclusive prep school, exploring themes of ethics, honour, and personal growth.


The Chorus (2004)

 Experience the transformative power of music as a new teacher brings hope and inspiration to a troubled boys' boarding school in post-World War II France.


The Holdovers (2024)

Discover the challenges and triumphs of a diverse group of students as they navigate life, friendship, and unexpected adventures at an unconventional boarding school in this new, highly anticipated film.


These captivating movies and TV shows offer a glimpse into the multifaceted world of boarding schools, blending drama, fantasy, and coming-of-age themes to create immersive storytelling experiences. Whether you're drawn to magical adventures, heartfelt dramas, or comedic escapades, these selections are sure to entertain and intrigue viewers. However, it's important to remember that real-life boarding school experiences are often more caring and enriching than what's portrayed on screen.

If you have a favourite boarding school movie or show that we haven't listed, we'd love to hear about it!

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