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


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…

150 Years in Godalming for Charterhouse

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This year Charterhouse celebrates the 150th anniversary of its relocation from central London to Godalming in Surrey.Founded in 1611 by one Thomas Sutton, who held high public office and was one of the wealthiest men in Jacobean England, the school was originally based near…

Boys’ boarding at Westonbirt

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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…

Students’ triumphant return to the stage

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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.The…

Season’s greetings!

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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…

Ellesmere College awarded World Class School Accreditation

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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.HPL…

Christ College Brecon’s student focus

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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…

Branching out at BBSW

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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…