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A look at modern boarding and how it has changed

PUBLISHED: 10:33 17 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:14 17 August 2018

Cranleigh students walking to class

Cranleigh students walking to class


To board or not to board is a big decision for any family to make. Although boarding environments can offer an excellent solution to the difficulties of juggling two demanding careers, working parents can still feel pressured to keep their children at home. The old image of bleak dormitories and cold showers still persists, but the traditional boarding environment is very much changed.

Modern boarding is now all about choice and variety with the flexi, occasional and weekly boarding options all operating alongside the more traditional single-sex full-boarding model. The question is which one is right for your family lifestyle. The full and weekly boarding models have the benefits of promoting independence and allowing time for a breadth of educational opportunities as well as building the sense of community that underpins the richness of boarding life.

The most important thing that boarding offers children is time. Full boarding gives greater time in the evenings and weekends for pupils to be involved in a wide-range of interests with the aim of becoming more well-rounded characters. Boarding gives teachers the time to develop deeper trust and partnership and boarders really make the most of their school day. Rather than being stuck in a car commuting to school they are out on the pitches and in the studios rehearsing, or attending evening lectures from visiting speakers or simply hanging out with friends in the boarding house. Such a boarding experience will ensure that pupils leave as confident, independent, personable, well-rounded, adaptable and caring young people who are equipped to make the most of their talents.

Introduction to Modern Boarding, Royal Society, London SW1, October 10 2018 - Register now for a free place

For those who are unsure as to what a dedicated boarding community might be like,

Cranleigh School will host an introduction to Modern Boarding at the Royal Society, London SW1 on October 10. The evening will feature talks from: Grace Moody Smith, Director of The Good Schools Guide Education Consultants; Jan Shilling, Education Consultant formerly with the Independent Schools Council; and Neil Brooks, Headmaster at Cranleigh Prep School, as well as Martin Reader in his role as Chair of the BSA.

This event is open to parents and prep schools who are interested to know more about what boarding can offer, whether they are considering Cranleigh or another boarding school. The evening will commence with drinks and bowlfood at 6.30pm, followed by some short presentations and a Q&A session. There will be an opportunity for more questions over drinks following the presentations, with a gathered audience of parents, current boarding parents and pupils, Housemasters and Housemistresses. Tickets are free, but as places are limited booking is essential via

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