“Great oaks from little acorns grow.”
14th century proverb


The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme

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The DofE, as it is more often known, is a scheme of awards for young people aged 14 to 24, which recognises their achievements in the fields of Volunteering, Physical Activity, Skills and in completing a Team Expedition. Most British boarding schools support students to complete…

Campus development at Taunton School

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Taunton School is in the midst of a £20million development project. Work started early this year, with the new sixth-form centre and students’ library already completed and in use. Still to come are enhanced sports facilities, a brand-new international school on the main campus…

Ask Gina!

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In case they can put your mind at rest or pre-empt your own questions, here’s a short selection of queries client families often ask Gina. How would you explain the demand for boarding schools in the UK? Boarding can offer children stability and continuity of education, both…

Which school is best?

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As this new academic year starts, many, families and schools alike, are already looking to next year. To highlight possibilities for a child’s new setting, whether that’s Prep, Senior or Sixth Form, this is also the time of year for awards and accolades, so here’s a summary of…

IB results round-up

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International Baccalaureate scores are the first external examination results released each year, in early July. As usual, the British boarding schools we work with have done very well, with their students exceeding the global average score of 31.98 out of a possible maximum of…


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Just after National Boarding Week, here’s a quick round up of places to read more about being a boarder in a British boarding school.Our own website offers an overview of the benefits of boarding here in the UK, while almost all the schools have a page outlining their provision…

Back to school for Gina

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At last, Gina has been able to get back out on the road to catch up with at least a couple of the British boarding schools we work with.She started not too far from HQ with Ashville College. Situated a short stroll from the centre of Harrogate, a lovely spa town in North…

Choosing schools for siblings

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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?…

Language learning & internationalism at UK boarding schools

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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…

A BBSW discovery

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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…