Some parents are put off considering boarding schools because they are clear that they do not want their child to be a boarder. I believe that they may be missing an opportunity!
Boarding schools are set up to cater for boarders, many of whom are at the school 24/7. This means that the staff are there much of this time, providing interesting, stimulating and exciting activities. The sort of staff who work in boarding schools are often the staff who are willing to give that bit extra to the children in their care. Their interest goes beyond the classroom. These are the staff who would look after your child even if they are not boarders. They are people who take an interest in the whole child; who see your child achieving things outside the classroom and can build on this when back in the classroom; whose relationship with the pupils is broader based, giving them a better understanding of your child.
I do not want to suggest that teachers in day schools are not very committed, but I do believe that the nature of the role of teachers in boarding schools is different, broader and deeper. Your children could benefit from this even if they are not boarding. So why not think again about visiting a boarding school?
Anthony Goddard, Aysgarth School
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