Mat Wright

When your children go to a UK boarding school, they’ll be immersed in a safe, nurturing environment with high academic standards and fantastic facilities. There are lots of extra-curricular activities, indoors and in the fresh air – all designed to give your children the experience of a lifetime. It’s a great opportunity for them to discover their talents and explore new interests.


Schools and colleges offer students the opportunity to gain qualifications in many areas of study at different ages and at different levels.

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland the main academic qualifications offered are:

  • General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSEs)
  • International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSEs)
  • A-level
  • Advanced International Certificate of Education
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Cambridge Pre-U.

Life at a UK boarding school

Boarding houses are looked after by members of staff called house masters or matrons, who will also usually live in or near the house. They are are there to supervise pupils, provide academic and emotional support and oversee pupils' welfare.

When students arrive at many UK boarding schools they are placed in a 'house'. Students are members of their house from their arrival until they leave school and houses will compete in these groups in sports, drama festivals and other competitions.

The house system is an excellent way to make friends, and older students from your house may be appointed to mentor you during your first years at boarding school.