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Impact of Brexit

Posted: Nov 15, 2018

Brexit reassurance | Dickinson School Consulting Ltd.
Published on : 
15/11/2018

“I would like to provide my reassurances that there is no limit on the number of international students who can come to study in the UK, and no intention to impose one.”

Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP (UK Home Secretary)

With the impending exit of the UK from the European Union (Brexit) on 29 March 2019, it would be quite reasonable for international families considering British boarding schools to wonder what all this will mean for them. Will their child still be able to come to the UK? How long for? Will a visa be required?

New Cookery Facility at Truro School

Posted: Oct 06, 2018

Truro School students meet Prue Leith | Dickinson School Consulting
Published on : 
05/10/2018

September whizzed past in its usual whirl of back to school activity and one bit of English boarding school news that caught our eye was this: Prue Leith CBE DL visiting Truro School to officially open their new Cookery School.  As well as enabling practical cookery to be taught throughout the school, the new facility gives Sixth Form students the opportunity to complete the prestigious Leiths Introductory Certificate of Food and Wine, a professional cookery course designed to provide students with emp

August update

Posted: Aug 14, 2018

IB Celebrations at Oakham School | Dickinson School Consulting
Published on : 
22/08/2018

August can seem a funny month in education. Some of the British boarding schools we work with are closed altogether, with just a skeleton staff in place to handle enquiries and, in some cases, host events, while others are abuzz with summer schools welcoming children from all over the world. At this point in the month, however, it starts to feel like business as usual, as the schools and, more to the point, their students brace themselves for exam results: A Level results are published on Thursday 16th and (i)GCSE results come out on Thursday 23rd.

Our British boarding schools’ international communities

Posted: Jul 03, 2018

Merchiston Castle School is academically strong | Dickinson School Consulting
Merchiston Castle School has tennis and golf academies | Dickinson School Consulting
Published on : 
03/07/2018

To ensure we are up to date with the boarding schools we recommend, we subscribe to their newsletters. A link from Merchiston Castle School’s latest led us to a great resource for seeing where some of its international students come from and reading their stories. No matter where you are in the world, you’re likely to find the view of a child like yours, which might ease any concerns about whether they’d fit into a boarding school community here in the UK.

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.

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