How to choose the right UK boarding school for your child

Choosing a boarding school is difficult enough when you live in the UK.  When you live overseas, it makes selecting and visiting schools a huge task.
But this weekend it will be easier for you.  On Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October at the Wheatbaker Hotel Ikoyi, 21 of the UK’s leading boarding schools will gather under one roof at the largest event of its type – and supported by the British Government through the UK’s Department for International Trade.

When choosing a boarding school, it is important to consider…

1. Planning early – allow at least 18 months ahead, in some cases you might need to have your son or daughter registered three years in advance.

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2. The right environment – ask questions and identify the type of environment that would best suit the needs of your child.  Co-educational, boys’ or girls’ only, selective, or all-rounder – there are plenty of options.

3. Location – does the school need to be near family or friends.  Remember there are great schools outside of London and South East too – and many offer greater resources and better value.

4. Special requirements – do you need specialist support for example in helping a gifted musician, talented sports person, or extra help with any learning differences?

5. Be prepared – ensure that you have a copy of your child’s latest school reports, certificates and achievements in extra curricular activities.

6. Visit – it is important to see a few schools in action on a normal day, arrange a visit in term time a few weeks in advance and get the feel of the school.  Don’t just meet the Head, but arrange to chat to some pupils, ask them how quickly they settled, what they enjoy most.

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