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14th century proverb


Choosing schools for siblings

Posted: May 12, 2022

Twins placed at Cobham School | Dickinson School Consulting
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In her 20+ years as an educational consultant, Gina has helped many families choose the right British boarding schools for more than one of their children, both sequentially and, on occasion, concurrently for twins. Should a family stay true to one school or keep an open mind? Here are her thoughts on the subject.

When siblings attend the same boarding school, it can be fun for them to have a shared experience – they can, and no doubt will, sound each other out on the quality of the facilities or the funny ways of certain teachers!

Language learning & internationalism at UK boarding schools

Posted: Mar 24, 2022

Language learning at UK boarding schools | Dickinson School Consulting
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It is no secret that Britain’s attitude towards learning foreign languages would have to be marked “could do better” if it had a school report. Arguably it was ever thus but sadly, in recent years, it has got worse. At too many state schools, children are permitted to drop their language learning in Year 9 and it can be hard to take more than one language to GCSE level, let alone in 6th Form.

A BBSW discovery

Posted: Mar 16, 2022

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Sailing at Ryde School | Dickinson School Consulting
Art & Design at Ryde School | Dickinson School Consulting
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Last week, Gina participated in virtual BBSW. The British Boarding Schools Workshop is a conference held each spring and autumn, where educational consultants, like Gina, meet representatives of the schools they recommend. The pandemic moved the event online to keep these important lines of communication open; it’s a great chance to catch up on developments at schools we’ve worked with for years and to discover new options.

Boys’ boarding at Westonbirt

Posted: Feb 01, 2022

Westonbirt rugby | Dickinson School Consulting
Westonbirt 6th Form | Dickinson School Consulting
Westonbirt library | Dickinson School Consulting
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Westonbirt has always been a fantastic option for girls seeking a truly traditional British boarding school experience. Set within a stately home rumoured to be the most expensive built during Victorian times, the school is surrounded by 210 acres of beautiful gardens and landscaped parkland in the heart of the Cotswolds and has to be seen to be believed. Following its recent transition to coeducation, and with 40% of Key Stage 3 made up of boys, Westonbirt launched boys’ boarding in September 2021, so that same experience is now available to all children.

Students’ triumphant return to the stage

Posted: Jan 07, 2022

Legally Blonde, Dauntsey's | Dickinson School Consulting
My Fair Lady, Felsted School | Dickinson School Consulting
Much Ado About Nothing, Giggleswick School | Dickinson School Consulting
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One of the many things to recommend education at boarding school in England is the sector’s provision for the Arts. As life in our British schools resembled something a bit more normal last term, it was great to receive some accounts of their return to live performance.

Season’s greetings!

Posted: Dec 15, 2021

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Some British boarding schools have closed already and the rest will this week, so we wish all their staff and students happy holidays.

At the end of a year that has felt more normal, more of the time, we’d still like to pay tribute to everyone in education for their heroic efforts during the ongoing pandemic; teachers and school leadership teams adapting all the time to support their students, and the students themselves doing their best despite the disruption to their schooling.

Ellesmere College awarded World Class School Accreditation

Posted: Nov 30, 2021

Ellesmere College students | Dickinson School Consulting
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Recently, Ellesmere College was awarded High Performance Learning (HPL) World Class School Accreditation. Following two years of rigorous assessment, the award recognises its hard work and dedication in demonstrating a world class quality of education throughout the school.

Christ College Brecon’s student focus

Posted: Nov 15, 2021

Mountaineering in Brecon | Dickinson School Consulting
Art in Brecon | Dickinson School Consulting
Canoeing in Brecon | Dickinson School Consulting
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We are all keenly aware how tough the pandemic period has been for children. Disruption to their education has impacted them both academically and in terms of their personal growth.

Recognising the effects of this upheaval, Christ College Brecon has adapted its weekly timetable to include more extra-curricular activity to help with pupils’ physical, spiritual, social and moral development.

Branching out at BBSW

Posted: Oct 22, 2021

Bruton School for Girls | Dickinson School Consulting
Bruton School for Girls | Dickinson School Consulting
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Gina recently participated in a virtual version of BBSW, the British Boarding Schools Workshop. Traditionally a presential conference held each spring and autumn here in the UK, since the pandemic the event has moved online to keep important lines of communication open between educational agents, like Gina, and the boarding schools they recommend.