Every parent wants to provide the best education possible for their children, so that they achieve their potential academically, gain independence and confidence and above all are happy! A UK boarding education provides all of this plus lots of opportunities in sport, music, art and drama to develop well rounded young adults prepared for the next step in life. At boarding school you are living in a community; you make friends for life, whatever part of the world they come from.
As UK Boarding School Education Consultants one of the questions that families often ask us is about fees; the boarding school fee includes tuition, boarding accommodation, food and laundry. Our schools are aware that parents need to have a clear idea of the costs involved and information about additional costs is available in school prospectuses and on their websites. These are usually for external exam fees and individual lessons, for example: learning a musical instrument, horse riding lessons, learning support or English language support. Some of the schools with the most reasonable schools fees are located in the North of England and Scotland:
Fyling Hall School: “Our aim is to keep fees as widely affordable as possible”, Ackworth School: “A comprehensive extra-curricular programme with over 50 clubs and societies is offered – the vast majority are included in the termly fee”. Other schools with reasonable fees include Lomond School, Longridge Towers School, Woodhouse Grove School, Barnard Castle School, Rishworth School and Dollar Academy.
Outdoor education introduces pupils to risk management in a supportive school environment and enables them to demonstrate and adopt behaviours that will help them lead a productive and interesting life in which they are organised and flexible, willing to have a go and open to learning from their experiences.
Outdoor education programmes develop skills in leadership, risk evaluation, perseverance, problem solving, self-confidence, team working, social and communication skills, organisation and decision making. Imagine a school that encourages your child to become involved in service related activities including coastguard, first aid, community service or technical support. Where everyone undergoes sail training aboard the school’s cutter and takes part in a residential voyage aboard the school’s 80-foot sail training vessel! Schools in the North of England and Scotland have a distinct advantage and make the most of their location and the natural environment to offer students a challenging and enriching outdoor education and diverse range of experiences and opportunities beyond the academic curriculum.
Giggleswick School offer climbing, caving, expedition training, kayaking and orienteering as well as mountain biking on their own 1.4km purpose-built mountain bike trail. Students at Windermere School take part in weekly canoeing, kayaking, sailing or windsurfing sessions; the school is a British Canoe Union and Royal Yachting Associating (RYA) Training Centre. Gordonstoun School believe that students benefit from an outdoor education which will challenge and stimulate them physically, emotionally and intellectually, to enable them to develop the qualities and attributes they will need to survive and thrive in a changing world and leave school ready to make a real difference in the world. These include bushcraft and wilderness survival skills, sailing, skiing, snowboarding and surfing.
Through elite sporting academies, independent schools in the UK are producing tomorrow’s Olympians in a wide range of sports. For students with a talent and passion in a particular sport, access to world-class facilities and professional level coaching through a structured programme of training is vital to success. Students attend sessions in strength and conditioning, nutrition and sports psychology relevant to their particular sport; individually tailored programmes optimise the performance of the individual student. The schools have links with regional and national squads and students regularly represent their school and compete to ensure progression. Sports academies offer the opportunity to develop a student’s skill alongside academic studies.
Rossall School has the only Modern Pentathalon Academy in the North West of England; a unique and challenging sport for men and women which comprises five diverse sports: swimming, fencing, riding, running and shooting. Scotland is the birthplace of modern golf and home to the world’s oldest playing courses, Loretto School, Merchiston Castle School, Glenalmond School, Strathallan School and St Leonard’s School in Scotland have a strong tradition of golfing excellence. The facilities at the Loretto School Golf Academy are exceptional and would be an inspiration to any young budding golfer. Sports academies are also available for Swimming, Tennis, Football and Cricket.
Further information about schools located in North of England and Scotland is available at www.boardingschoolsadvice.com
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Anderson Education, UK Boarding School Specialists OfferFree Impartial Advice and Guidance, we have been working with expat families for over 20 years and visited over 350 UK boarding schools.