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Why choose a UK boarding school?

Sports pitches at Queen's College boarding school in Taunton, Somerset

  • Gain a world-class education and prepare for university: UK qualifications are recognised and respected by universities worldwide. The vast majority of UK boarding schools are independent. In 2014, 92% of school leavers from UK independent schools went on to higher education. In 2012, 75% received offers from the most elite universities in the UK (Independent Schools Council Census 2015 and 2012).

UK boarding schools offer you excellent teaching, facilities and support. UK education is all about giving you the inspiration to help you develop your skills and knowledge, the freedom to be creative and the support to help you achieve your best.

Many UK boarding schools combine beautiful, centuries-old buildings with a mix of modern classrooms and traditional architecture. Excellent facilities help make living and learning a great experience.

  • Prepare for your dream career: Studying at a UK boarding school is a great grounding for your chosen career. UK qualifications are respected and recognised by employers worldwide. It’s not just about qualifications, though. By living in the UK and making friends with students from all around the world, you will get the opportunity to perfect your English language skills and gain a unique understanding of other cultures – excellent preparation for living or working internationally.

  • Perfect your language skills: The younger you are when you learn a language, the easier it is. UK boarding schools are the experts when it comes to transforming a child with very little English into a student with an excellent command of the language, ready for university or college.  With small class sizes and expert tutors, you can expect to progress very quickly… perhaps even with a UK accent!  You should find that your skills improve naturally when you start your classes, but most schools offer extra English language tuition (usually for a fee) if you want additional help.

  • Have a unique cultural adventure: Studying in the UK is an opportunity to make new friends from all around the world and discover the UK’s beautiful countryside and cities on excursions with your teachers and classmates. Have a look at our Living and studying in the UK section for more details.

  • Try new arts and sport activities: You might be surprised at how important music, drama, art, public speaking, societies and sport are to UK boarding schools. As well as helping you to stay healthy and happy, art and sport are excellent for creativity, confidence and team spirit. They can also lead to fantastic careers. In most schools you will find a wide range of art and sport classes, optional after-school and weekend activities, plus superb facilities. How about photography, football, dance, chess, drama, song-writing, computer programming, painting, rowing, orienteering, horse riding, skiing, or hockey?!

  • Join an international community: UK boarding schools welcome students of all faiths, nationalities and cultures. By living and learning in this international environment, you will make friends with pupils from all around the world and gain essential skills in understanding other cultures.

  • Quality assured: To teach and accommodate pupils, UK boarding schools must meet strict quality standards set by the UK government and other education bodies. These standards cover the quality of teaching, accommodation, pupil welfare, facilities and more. Find out more in our article Boarding schools – Choosing and applying to a UK boarding school.