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Wellbeing in British boarding schools

Posted: Jun 08, 2018

Counselling a student in Felsted's new Wellbeing Centre | Dickinson School Consulting
Published on : 
08/06/2018

Young people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing are in the spotlight a great deal at the best of times, perhaps never more so than at this time of year while they are sitting exams. With boarding schools being in loco parentis, the onus is on them to ensure their students are supported to stay healthy in every way and we have recently heard from several how they do this.

British boarding school sports academies

Posted: May 11, 2018

Culford School football academy | Dickinson School Consulting
Published on : 
11/05/2018

Culford School has recently announced a new Football Academy, which promises to combine a first-class education with a passion for football. Hoping to emulate the success of this English boarding school’s existing tennis and golf academies, this new initiative will be delivered in partnership with Ipswich Town Football Club, with academy pupils receiving individual development plans designed by the Director of Football, Alan Lee, a UEFA ‘A’ and FA Advanced Youth Licensed coach.

Summer schools as boarding tasters

Posted: Apr 26, 2018

Summer school students getting a taste of boarding at Sedbergh | Dickinson School Consulting
Published on : 
26/04/2018

As spring gradually transforms into summer here in the UK, some of the British boarding schools we work with look to their own transformation during the long summer holiday, when they offer English language courses to short stay students.

These courses aren’t just an ideal way to give international students’ English language learning a boost; as the summer schools complement their academic offering with all the sports and other activities available on and around their campuses, this is the ideal “taster stay” for any child considering a longer placement in a British school.

Bede’s bespoke 6th Form programme

Posted: Mar 28, 2018

Teambuilding - part of the Bede's Diploma | Dickinson School Consulting
Working on the Extended Project Qualification | Dickinson School Consulting
Published on : 
28/03/2018

The latest newsletter from Bede’s, a British boarding school in the south east of England, includes a feature about its diploma programme, which we thought would make an interesting addition to our blog.

The external qualifications offered in Bede’s Sixth Form are A Level, Pre-U and BTEC. Alongside studying for those exams, all pupils undertake a holistic enrichment programme, the Bede’s Diploma, which has four elements: Extend, Enrich, Enlighten and Enhance.

Breadth of achievements at Strathallan

Posted: Feb 27, 2018

One of Strathallan School's skiers | Dickinson School Consulting
Strathallan School's Scotland U20 rugby player | Dickinson School Consulting
One of Strathallan School's choirs | Dickinson School Consulting
Published on : 
27/02/2018

It is always hard to pick out one British boarding school’s news and achievements over the rest, but a recent update from Strathallan School in Scotland caught the eye for the sheer breadth of achievements in the spotlight; it really was a shining example of all that is great about British independent education.

Warminster School’s annual Curriculum Enrichment Day

Posted: Jan 08, 2018

Winning entry at Warminster School's 2017 CED | Dickinson School Consulting
Published on : 
08/01/2018

Each year Warminster School, an English boarding school in Wiltshire, holds a Curriculum Enrichment Day (CED), which takes learning out of the classroom, crosses subject boundaries and combines the talents of students from years 7 to 13, as they work together within their House groups to solve a problem or create a product.

Ellesmere College’s MUN delegation

Posted: Dec 12, 2017

Ellesmere College’s MUN delegation | Dickinson School Consulting Ltd.
Published on : 
12/12/2017

Model United Nations (MUN) is an extra-curricular activity in which more than 400,000 people from schools, universities and beyond participate each year. Lots of the schools we recommend have delegations that get involved, both within school and at conferences further afield.

An overview of enrichment at St Swithun’s

Posted: Dec 04, 2017

St Swithun's academic achievement and personal development | Dickinson School Consulting
Published on : 
04/12/2017

St Swithun’s is a highly regarded girls’ day and boarding school in Winchester in the south of England. Its pupils benefit from a broad curriculum that promotes individual choice, so they can fulfil their intellectual, physical and creative potential. In addition, right from the off, girls are taught to examine social, cultural and moral issues, so they can make informed decisions about their own way of living while respecting the values of others.

CCF honour for Wellington School pupil

Posted: Nov 23, 2017

Wellington School's CCF cadet with the Countess of Wessex | Dickinson School Consulting
Wellington School's CCF cadet | Dickinson School Consulting
Published on : 
23/11/2017

The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is a Ministry of Defence sponsored youth organisation in the United Kingdom. Each CCF is an educational partnership between a school and the Ministry of Defence, and may include Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army or Royal Air Force sections.

Many of the British boarding schools we recommend are active within the CCF, as it provides students with a myriad of opportunities outside the classroom but within disciplined structures.

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