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