Boarding Schools One of the best places for your teenager to go to boarding school is in Cambridge – some of the best brains, not just in the UK but all over the world, studied there at some point in their lives.
It is not a coincidence that Cambridge is home to some of the finest educational institutions – it is a cosmopolitan city with wide open spaces that allow students to find the tranquility they need to study. In addition to that, there is plenty of culture and it is a city that is fun and exciting to explore.
So, with so many 6th form boarding school in the UK, which one should you choose for your child? Here is what you should be looking for:
• Is the school single sex or co-educational? This is a big decision because there are arguments for and against each type of school. Ultimately, your child should be the one to make the decision about whether they are able to study and concentrate with the distractions that come with the opposite sex at that age. That said, it is always better for your child to go to a co-educational boarding school because it prepares them for the life that they will have in university.
• You want to find out how many students are full boarders. Most boarding schools have 2 options when it comes to boarding – your child can be a full boarder or they can be weekly boarders. If they are full boarders they get to come home only one every term during half-term. If they are weekly boarders they get to go home every weekend. You want a school that has more full boarders because they tend to have a wider range of weekend activities.
• Consider how much the school will cost you. Boarding school fees tends to vary quite a bit so do some research on this area. When you are budgeting don’t forget to include the cost of uniform, sports gear, books and any other items that students are required to have. It is always better to think about how much you will spend until your child is through with 6th form studies.
• What are the needs of your child? Boarding schools have different environments and it is up to you to choose a school where your child is most comfortable. Think about their personality, their hopes, their talents, what they may want to do in the future and so on. If your child is shy you should look for a school that doesn’t have a history of bullying. One of the most highly recommended boarding schools in Cambridge is the Cambridge Centre for Sixth Form Studies. They have a good track record of getting students into some of the best universities and they have excellent boarding facilities