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Boarding Schools England

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UK boarding schools are residential schools for children and teenagers under the age of 18, offering internationally recognised qualifications such as GCSEs, Scottish Standard Grades and Highers, A-levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB). There are approximately 500 boarding schools across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

British boarding schools provide students with an outstanding education, helping them to develop your skills and progress to university. All UK boarding schools are required to meet strict UK government standards on the quality of their teaching, facilities and student care.

Most UK boarding schools are co-educational, teaching both boys and girls (classes are mixed, but accommodation is separate). There are also many single-sex schools.

All boarding schools charge fees for accommodation and some of them for for tuition. Academic standards across boarding schools are high, but independent schools can sometimes have more money to invest in facilities and have smaller class sizes.

UK Boarding School System

The UK Boarding School system is split into three levels:

•  Primary education is for children aged four or five up to 11 or 13. Terms you might hear are primary school, infant school, junior school, pre-preparatory school and preparatory school. The terms 'pre-preparatory' and 'preparatory' are most commonly used in the independent sector.

•  Secondary education is for pupils aged 11 or 13 to 16. Terms you might hear are secondary school, high school and senior school. The term 'senior school' is more commonly used in the independent sector.

•  Sixth Forms level is for students aged 16 to 18.

Below the age of 7, children can attend boarding schools as a day pupil. From the age of 7 and upwards, children can attend as either day pupils or boarders. To join a UK boarding school, you don't have to start at the age of 7. Most international pupils join at the age of 7, 11, 13, 14 or 16.

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