Boys and Girls : 13 - 18 : Boarding
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Most teenagers yearn for a degree of independence as they seek to develop their own identity. Boarding provides this opportunity and much more; there are significant advantages for pupils at a boarding school.
Boarders do things that simply aren’t possible at home. They can sample more and, as a result, often have the chance to achieve more. With the availability of excellent facilities and almost constant access to staff, but without a daily commute, boarders can get more done; their days are longer and their weeks are broader.
Boarding allows pupils to develop more of their potential and strengthens their sense of independence within a supportive community. The structure of their daily and weekly routine serves to remind them of their academic priorities but still leaves them with plenty of choices, prioritising, planning their use of time and organising themselves independently.
Boarding allows pupils to grow in confidence as they take responsibility for the decisions they make independent of their parents. Boarders live in a close community and it helps them understand that their actions affect others. They learn to be considerate of and respect different opinions as well as looking out for those who live around them.
Boarding brings social interaction and the chance to share conversations, thoughts and hopes with a wide range of teachers as well as peers. Friendships formed at boarding school are often life-long. Shared experiences and time to be together allows for relationships to grow and develop. What is more, relationships at home can benefit because the time together during the holidays is not taken for granted by parents or children. Furthermore, parents do not have the pressure of organising their children’s lives and homework after school during term, which is particularly helpful in the teenage years.
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