How do you choose a British school?
There are hundreds of British boarding schools and finding the right school for your child can be a challenge.
Although most parents can list the most prestigious British schools such as Eton, Harrow, Cheltenham Ladies’ College and Westminster, a school’s reputation does not necessarily make it the most appropriate school for your child.
● Finding your way
Most British boarding schools now have very impressive websites and marketing operations. It is not always easy for parents to judge the true nature of a school.
At GRTalent, Lindsay McDonald is our Chief Consultant and Michael Edwards is his deputy. Between them, they have worked in seven British boarding schools and they have over half a century of teaching experience in British independent education.,
● Assessing the pupil
GRTalent assesses pupils, through a range of academic tests and an interview, to judge where they will thrive within the complex British educational system. Essentially, different schools suit different pupils.
● Important questions
Parents should investigate whether a school really is a boarding school. Many schools are essentially weekly boarding schools. U.K. boarders head home for the weekend, leaving overseas boarders feeling isolated.
Considering a school’s reputation for pastoral care is important. Your son or daughter may take a little time to settle into a new country and new educational system. Make sure that your chosen school provides a caring environment.
● The next step
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