Boarding Schools

UK Boarding Schools For International Students

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learning providers the world at large, catering to the needs of international and national students. A boarding school offers the opportunity for pupils or students to study and live on campus during academic terms. In the United Kingdom, there are approximately 500 boarding schools both private and government-funded.

Why choose a UK boarding school?

All UK boarding schools offer value for money and outstanding education second to none in the world. The aim of these boarding schools is to prepare pupils from around the world into university studies and in accordance with strict government standards regarding the quality teaching, care and facility open to the students. There should be no compromise with either and no discrimination whatsoever.

The learning and teaching infrastructures have a lot to offer in terms of history and quality. UK boarding schools are made up of buildings from medieval times, a mix of state-of-the-art modern classrooms.  The top-notch facilities and infrastructure available to boarding students make the UK an excellent country for living and studying for international as well as national students. By interacting with UK students and studying at the same time, we found that International students tend to improve their English language skills during these periods which is an added bonus to the reasons why you should want to study in the UK.

What to expect from UK Boarding Schools?

Perhaps, you are not well informed either. UK boarding schools are developed to provide tuition and learning to students from various parts of the world as well as UK home students. However, when we talk about boarding schools, it does not mean that pupils or students live and stay on campus. That makes no sense whatsoever.

Plenty of UK Boarding schools and colleges teach a diversified group of students including national and international, boarding, and day students. Boarding students stay and live at school while “day students” live with their families or guardians and commute from home on a daily basis.

Boarding schools and colleges have long summer and Christmas holidays, a period when both international and national students return home to their respective parents and or guardians but for international students without family members or friends in the UK, another option is usually to attend language courses running at these periods usually on offer by some and not all schools and colleges.

During the short holiday periods, some boarding colleges and schools remain open but there are no classes or teaching taking place. However, there is strict supervision by appointed staff for that purpose, providing for students to engage in other leisure activities and events

Living and staying in a boarding school

International or national students in a boarding school live in a boarding campus with other students. Each institution could have a good number of boarding blocks or apartments. However, boys and girls live and sleep in different locations and usually with a trained adult carer whose duty is to care for all the students and respond to their needs.

Older students may be given a private space or at most share a room with one other pupil while the younger ones are made to share a dormitory or bedroom with other younger pupils of the same sex. It means girls sleep in a different block from boys. Also, older students may have their own bathroom or washing facilities depending on each respective institution.

Lastly, all boarding houses come with a communal space where students or pupils can relax and have fun with one another while watching TV, socialising or playing a game with fellow students

The Advantages of UK Boarding Schools

When you consider UK boarding school student experience, including the multi-cultural experiences of these students, we can reach far better expectations and experiences from individual students. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages of studying in a UK boarding school as an International or national student.Below are some of the benefits of attending a UK boarding school

  • Better English language fluency
  • Enhanced classroom lessons
  • Travelling is education
  • Network of International friends
  • Improved personal views and thoughts on life

Border age and qualifications

The United Kingdom’s boarding schools and colleges come in three different qualifying variations. They are primary education, secondary education and sixth form.

However, it should be noted that UK boarding colleges and schools offer a diversified range of courses from English, Drama, Engineering, Maths, Sciences, Geography, History, drama, Foreign languages, Literature, Marketing, and much more. Any qualification earned by any British boarding school or college comes with national and international respect for the qualifications and is also a prerequisite to gaining UK university admissions where applicable.

The UK is centred on all sorts and types of boarding schools suitable for international students. There are traditional as well as informal schools to meet the needs of any international students. There are also schools specifically designed and set up for international students from around the world.

Note that the best time to get your child to study in a UK boarding is between the ages of 0-13. At the age of 13, the UK pupil will be in year 9. There are no formal exams to write at this time which makes it the right time for International students to join.

However, at the age of 14, it is year 10 in the UK and also the right time to join for International students as they will be made to prepare and write their GCSEs in two years.

If you do not join at the age of 16th, get students ready within 2 years for the A-Levels or IB programme. This is also another good time to join for international students with GCSE qualifications and or equivalents

Primary Education for ages 4/5 – 11/13

In the UK and most Western countries, primary education is for children between the ages of 4/5 to 11/13. In Great Britain, there are several names for primary education such as; elementary education, junior school, infant school, pre-preparatory school and so on.

Secondary Education for ages 11/13 – 16

Other names for secondary education include senior school, high school, or secondary school as in many parts of the world. However, high schools have pupils between the ages of 11/13 – 16. In the last two years of studying at a secondary school in the UK, some pupils are ready to prepare, study, and write their GCSE’s qualifications. Those not ready to study for this prestigious qualification may consider the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme or Standard Grades and Intermediaries in Scotland.

Sixth Form for ages 16 – 18

The sixth form is for students aged 16-18 respectively. Once you get to this level, the last two years are normally called “lower sixth” and “upper sixth”. At the sixth form level of education, you become eligible to prepare and write A-Levels. Alternatively, students could write a BAC or go for Standard Grades or Highers in Scotland.

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