The choice of a boarding school is an important family decision. While there are many considerations, when it comes to your child’s health, happiness, safety and well-being; these are very important things to consider when choosing a boarding school.
We asked the admissions team at TASIS England what are the five most important things to consider when choosing a boarding school are. Read on to find out what they shared with us.
Of course, a school’s academic program, location, and sports and arts facilities will all be factors in your decision. But we know nothing is more important than your child’s overall well-being and happiness. When you are choosing a boarding school, your child’s happiness and well-being will naturally be at the forefront of your mind. In essence, a school’s wellness program is the foundation on which everything else should be built. It is the very heart of a school.
5 Important Things to Consider when Choosing a Boarding School
It is important to know what makes up a school’s wellness program. As parents explore different schools, there are some specific questions that you need to ask when researching boarding schools.
1. How does the school practice safeguarding?
What safeguarding policies does the school have in place and how does it ensure they’re adhered to? Are all staff and students committed to the principles and practices of robust safeguarding? Safeguarding is more than preventing harm or abuse, it is about promoting welfare.
A strong commitment to safeguarding should run through the life of a school.
2. What student support programs does the school have in place?
Does the school have a program that not only supports students through their studies but also guides them through their social and emotional development too?
School life, especially boarding school life, runs deeper than the core academic work. The school years are a crucial time when young people grow, mature, and develop their identity. A great school will support each student as an individual. By providing practical assistance and encouragement, each student can reach their potential and flourish as an individual.
3. Does the school promote an active healthy lifestyle?
Ask whether the school demonstrates a strong commitment to encouraging its students to make healthy lifestyle choices, This should include eating nutritious and balanced meals, taking advantage of opportunities to participate in organized and recreational sports and activities after school and at weekends.
Physical and mental well-being go hand in hand, and it’s vital that a school provides the space and opportunity for its students to be physically active. Sports programs not only teach essential life skills such as teamwork and resilience; but also give students a chance to unwind, feel refreshed, and find balance in their school life.
4. Is there space to switch off?
Does the school offer children a space to switch off from the demands of the day-to-day?
It is no secret that modern life can be hectic. It’s something often talked about but not always acted upon.
As part of the commitment to students’ welfare at TASIS England, having the space to be quiet, to disconnect from the busyness of everyday lives, and to practice mindful techniques is essential to good health.
At TASIS England, taking responsibility for the well-being of their students is taken extremely seriously. As a result, they provide students with a wellness program that is holistic, practical and tailored for each individual student.
5. Does the school appreciate the benefit of the arts for well-being?
Schools have a wonderful opportunity to expose their students to the richness of the arts. Some will develop a love and appreciation which will last a lifetime. A school’s attitude toward the responsibility of providing a culturally rich experience demonstrates the essence of its mission.
It’s all too easy to minimize this aspect of education, the team at TASIS England believes that a commitment to the arts can elevate a student’s experience from good to outstanding.
A school might boast about its academic outcomes, but it is important that you dig deeper. The growth and development of your child during their school years is about so much more than just grades. Students should thrive and flourish, gaining confidence and maturity as they develop their varied skills and talents. At TASIS England, the goal is to celebrate a student’s happiness as well as academic success.
We hope this has provided some useful information about the well-being of your child as you consider an international boarding school for your child.
If you would like to know more about TASIS England and how they prioritize their students’ well-being you can start here.
You can also contact the admissions team
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 1932 582 316
Address: TASIS England, Coldharbour Lane, Thorpe, Surrey TW20 8TE, England.
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