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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.

‘Visit’ British boarding schools from home

Posted: Jul 06, 2020

Canford School | Dickinson School Consulting
Worksop College | Dickinson School Consulting
Oswestry School | Dickinson School Consulting
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As a summer term like no other draws to a close, so does the run of virtual visits and online open days. That said, many of the British boarding schools we work with have innovated to help families get a feel for them from the comfort of their own homes and whenever suits.

BSA Covid-Safe Charter

Posted: Jun 11, 2020

Covid-Safe | Dickinson School Consulting
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Towards the end of May, the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) launched its Covid-Safe Charter. This is a voluntary code, aiming to give confidence to everyone that the school is following all appropriate measures to ensure that boarding is a safe environment for pupils.

Member schools choosing to adopt the Charter must guarantee to meet all its requirements. These include measures to be undertaken:

Online learning resumes at our British boarding schools

Posted: Jun 01, 2020

KESW co-curricular activities | Dickinson School Consulting
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While some UK schools reopened to limited numbers of pupils on Monday 1st June, for most the new term sees them resuming their home-based online learning. This is being delivered in a number of ways over a variety of digital platforms, so we thought we’d feature a few examples.

British schools’ support for frontline workers

Posted: May 21, 2020

Malvern St James' boarding house for NHS workers | Dickinson School Consulting
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Our brilliant British boarding schools may be closed to the vast majority of their students but, behind closed doors and/or from the safety of their homes, some of their staff are working hard to help bolster supplies of essential personal protective equipment (PPE) for key workers and to support them in other ways. To name but a few…