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14th century proverb


Focus on nature at British boarding schools

Posted: Jun 18, 2021

Bee keeping at Dauntsey's | Dickinson School Consulting
Lancing College farm | Dickinson School Consulting
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The news that Dauntsey’s is reviving its Bee Club, which originally ran in the early 1970s, provided the impetus for us to focus on nature studies and farming at our British boarding schools.

Focus on Classics at British boarding schools

Posted: May 28, 2021

Greeker at Bradfield College | Dickinson School Consulting
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This time we turn our attention to the academic side of school life to focus on Classics.

Eminent historian Mary Beard recently announced she would fund scholarships for two students to study Classics at Cambridge University, as a “retirement present” after almost 40 years of teaching and research. Having brought ancient history to a wider, modern audience via television, the Cambridge professor wants to help widen the reach of Classics as a subject.

Focus on golf at British boarding schools

Posted: Apr 28, 2021

Loretto golf links | Dickinson School Consulting
Loretto golf centre| Dickinson School Consulting
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Continuing our “Focus on…” series, this time we are shining a light on golf at some of the Scottish boarding schools we work with.

Focus on dance at British boarding schools

Posted: Mar 10, 2021

Bede's Legat Dance Academy | Dickinson School Consulting
Culford School dancer | Dickinson School Consulting
Windermere School production | Dickinson School Consulting
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From the rough and tumble of rugby in our last blog, to the delights of dance in this one – there really is something for everyone at British boarding schools. If dance is important to your child, whether as a potential career or something to enjoy alongside their studies, we have plenty of options to recommend. Here are a few highlights.

Focus on rugby at British boarding schools

Posted: Feb 24, 2021

Zander & Jamie at Strathallan | Dickinson School Consulting
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After a quiet weekend in terms of international rugby, this week excitement is building again as we look forward to the next round of the men’s Six Nations Championship. Alumni of British boarding schools feature strongly in the home nations’ teams, so what better time to feature the sport?

British boarding schools – education for all

Posted: Feb 03, 2021

Rossall School | Dickinson British School Consulting
Oswestry School | Dickinson British School Consulting
Sidcot School | Dickinson British School Consulting
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A recent newsletter from Rossall School reminded us it could be worth highlighting the fact that British boarding schools are suitable for everyone. Of course we could be wrong, but there may be an idea that all schools are highly selective, with daunting entrance examinations ensuring only the most academic of pupils are accepted.

Goodbye 2020!

Posted: Dec 16, 2020

Emma's Christmas card | Dickinson School Consulting
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What a year! As we wind down to our seasonal closure, we wanted to reflect on how our British boarding schools have dealt with everything 2020 has thrown at them, and to pay tribute to their staff and students.

The coronavirus pandemic has overshadowed most of this year, at best restricting what we can do and where we can go, at worst closing everything down. Everyone has had to adapt. While we know that people are drawn to British schools’ rich history and tradition, what this year has shown is just how up-to-the-minute they are too.

Covid-19: British boarding schools’ response – update

Posted: Nov 10, 2020

Nightingal living room | Dickinson School Consulting
Nightingal dining area | Dickinson School Consulting
Nightingal bedroom | Dickinson School Consulting
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The ongoing pandemic is making this a difficult time for all of us. From governments to individuals, we are all trying to find a balance between safety and relative normality, especially for our children. Fortunately, the British government recognises the importance of in-school education, so our schools remain open and we are impressed by how well they are adapting their provision and policies to accommodate the needs of families from all over the world.

Independent Schools of the Year 2020

Posted: Oct 14, 2020

Independent School of the Year 2020, Shrewsbury School | Dickinson School Consulting
Leo Winkley, Head of Shrewsbury, the Independent School of the Year 2020 | Dickinson School Consulting
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The winners of Independent Schools of the Year 2020 were announced recently at a virtual awards event hosted by Independent School Parent magazine.

An independent panel of 14 judges selected the winners from more than 300 nominations and we were delighted to see so many of the British boarding schools we regularly recommend achieving recognition.

BSA certification

Posted: Sep 24, 2020

Gina & the BSA certificate | Dickinson School Consulting
BSA certification logo | Dickinson School Consulting
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The Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) is the largest association of boarding schools in the world, representing more than 600 independent and state boarding schools, over 500 of which are based in the UK. Its mission is to champion boarding and promote boarding excellence.

The BSA and its member schools want to work with the best education agents and consultants, and its Certified Agent Scheme is a mark of professional quality, so we are delighted to announce we are now proud members of the scheme.