Boarding at a preparatory school

preparatory school

More than 16,000 pupils board in schools in membership of the Incorporated Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS). Preparatory schools generally take children from the age of 7 to 13 and boarding options can range from full to weekly to flexible. Almost all prep schools prepare pupils for the Common Entrance Examination, which is used for […]

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The advantages of starting boarding in a preparatory school

Ludgrove School

Simon Barber, Headmaster of Ludgrove School Boarding in a prep school brings a wonderfully diverse range of advantages, most importantly the amount of fun the children have. You only have to see the smiles on their faces and the excitement of planning what to do with their free time, to realise just how much boarding […]

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The popularity of prep school boarding

Dr Trevor Richards, Head of All Hallows Preparatory School With their top of the range facilities and a family atmosphere, today’s prep boarding schools allow children to enjoy their school life with no time wasted travelling each day. A programme of activities catering for all interests and allowing pupils to spend all their time with […]

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Boys only? The case has never been stronger

Boys Only Boarding

Rob Morse, Headmaster of Aysgarth School Single-sex education is often misunderstood. Critics are quick to lay claim to discrimination and to suggest that it produces individuals who lack confidence around the opposite sex. Nothing, however, could be further from the truth. Single-sex education is not about pitting boys against girls – it is centred on […]

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Why an all girls prep school is ‘girl heaven’

All Girls

Robin Gainher, Head of Knighton House School In recent years, the world has changed and so have expectations for girls. Girls grow into women who are expected to balance many different roles later in life. I believe that we can give girls the best start by educating them in the right way as they grow […]

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Home from home – the key to quality pastoral care in a boarding environment

Dean Close

Paddy Moss, Headmaster of Dean Close Preparatory School Quality pastoral care is key to the personal development of children. A happy and secure child is more likely to succeed in the full range of experiences offered to them during their formative years. In a successful school, pastoral care and academic life work together effectively in […]

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Junior boarding: a positive experience for younger children – and their families

Junior Boarding

Dr Crispin Hyde-Dunn, Headmaster of the Dragon School, Oxford Boarding for children ages 8 to 13 appeals to families for a wide variety of reasons. These range from excellent preparation for transition to senior school, to practical family reasons such as busy professional lives leading to frequent moves, or postings abroad. In some cases, even […]

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Stability breeds success: the benefits of boarding young

Stability Breeds Success

William Dunlop, Head of Clayesmore Preparatory School It is impossible to overstate the importance of continuity in education. Surprisingly few attempts have been made to quantify it, but a major study led by Professor Maurice Galton in 1999 gives some idea of the scale of the problem: Galton found that 40% of pupils failed to […]

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Why board at a country prep school?

Simon Hitchings, Head of Swanbourne House School As we see our children growing up, we all look back at our own childhood and compare it with the experience of the rising generation. The balance of the comparison may swing either way in our minds. The world has undoubtedly advanced for the better in so many […]

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Choosing a boarding prep school – in Scotland!

Henry Knight, Headmaster of Belhaven Hill School The modern boarding prep school has enjoyed a bout of ‘Hogwarts’ popularity since the ‘Harry Potter’ films. Many children now envisage boarding as a ‘magical’ time spent with friends while enjoying many adventures. In today’s modern boarding school this is nearer the truth than one might imagine and […]

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