Ben­e­fits of flex­i­ble board­ing schools

Think­ing of board­ing school for your child? Flex­i­ble board­ing could be the best op­tion for your fam­ily

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For work­ing par­ents, board­ing school might seem like a good op­tion for their children’s ed­u­ca­tion, but it comes at the ex­pense of fam­ily time. Flex­i­ble board­ing can bring your fam­ily all the bonuses of board­ing school and still pro­vide pre­cious time to­gether. So­phie Bray­brooke, com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor at The Royal Hos­pi­tal School, near Ip­swich, de­scribes how flex­i­ble board­ing can be the per­fect so­lu­tion.

What is flex­i­ble board­ing?

There are op­tions to suit a di­verse range of fam­i­lies. These in­clude weekly board­ing, with pupils go­ing home af­ter sports com­mit­ments on a Saturday af­ter­noon and three-night board­ing, which al­lows the children to par­tic­i­pate in more ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties but avoids hefty daily com­mutes for those who are trav­el­ling from fur­ther afield. At Royal Hos­pi­tal School, pupils can opt for full board­ing, weekly board­ing, three-night board­ing or ad hoc board­ing us­ing the flex­i­ble Board­ing Bun­dles.

What is life like for a board­ing school pupil?

Board­ing school of­fers much more in a day. From break­fast time en­joyed to­gether to af­ter­school home­work ses­sions, pupils learn to live, work and play as a team. Rather than spend­ing time in front of a screen, children are en­grossed in out­door pur­suits and aca­demic projects. There are over 50 dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties pupils can sign up for at Royal Hos­pi­tal School. Two af­ter­noons a week are spent hav­ing games ses­sions, which can range from learn­ing to sail on nearby Al­ton Wa­ter to ten­nis, climb­ing, golf, cricket and ath­let­ics.

Why choose an in­de­pen­dent school over a state school?

Pri­vate school­ing of­ten comes with more one-on-one sup­port, smaller class sizes and an in­di­vid­u­ally tai­lored ap­proach to learn­ing. Ev­ery boarder at Royal Hos­pi­tal School has a house­mas­ter or housemistress to take care of is­sues per­son­ally and pas­torally. Ev­ery child also has a per­sonal tu­tor to guide them through their aca­demic progress. An on­line por­tal for par­ents is ac­ces­si­ble at the click of a but­ton and par­ents are en­cour­aged to fol­low their child’s house Twit­ter for up­dates on ac­tiv­i­ties, suc­cesses and news.

How much does board­ing school cost?

Board­ing can be costly, but with all the ben­e­fits of aca­demic sup­port cou­pled with a mul­ti­tude of ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able, the ben­e­fits out­weigh the cost. Weekly board­ing at Royal Hos­pi­tal School is £8,030-£9,970 per term, with three-night board­ing at £7,070 to £8,395 per term.

BELOW: His­toric Royal Hos­pi­tal School is in a beau­ti­ful set­ting at Holbrook, near Ip­swich

ABOVE: Pupils en­joy­ing time to­gether at Royal Hos­pi­tal School

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