The popularity of prep school boarding

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The popularity of prep school boarding James Hanson, Headmaster of Aldro School You warned me this might happen!’ Some headmasters might dread a parent coming to see them and uttering that statement. However, I smiled inwardly as this particular mother told me the story that I had been quietly anticipating would come at some point […]

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Advantages of starting boarding in a preparatory school

Advantages

Advantages of starting boarding in a preparatory 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 […]

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Importance of kindness

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Importance of kindness Stephen Ilett, Headmaster of Port Regis When I am asked by parents and prospective parents what qualities of character I think are important to instil in children today, kindness is one of the first I mention. Academic success and other achievements, however important, will not be enough to see children through the […]

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Boys only? The case has never been stronger

Boys

Boys only? The case has never been stronger 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 […]

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It takes a village to raise a child

Child

It takes a village to raise a child Regan Schreiber, Head of Boarding and PSHE teacher at Hazlegrove Prep School An African proverb says, ‘It takes a village to raise a child’. In our ever-changing world, it now takes a school to raise a child and nowhere is this more pertinent than in a boarding […]

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

Pastoral Care

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

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Stability breeds success: the benefits of boarding young

Stability

Stability breeds success: the benefits of boarding young 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: […]

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Why board at a country prep school?

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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 […]

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Choosing a boarding prep school – in Scotland!

Scotland

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 […]

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