Spending a complete academic year at a British boarding school allows for a wide choice of options; this is the minimum period many schools will accept. It also gives a pupil the time to adapt to new surroundings, to make long-standing friends, to perfect his or her English – and to learn a variety of new skills.
Here are 10 ideas for different ages, budgets and interests.
The prices are approximate annual fees.
1 TRADITIONAL PREP SCHOOL: 7-13
Happy, busy and homely: £19,500 up
2 CNED: 7-13
Possibility of continuing French curriculum alongside the British timetable: £25,020
3 BUDGET: 11-18
Small and friendly: £20,943
4 TOP OF THE RANGE: 11-18
State of the art facilities: £35,775
5 PRE-IB/’A’ LEVEL YEAR: 15-16
One year preparation for international pupils: £28,500 up
6 SIXTH FORM COLLEGE: 15-19
Small, international, tutorial-based: £31,095
7 SPORTS ACADEMIES: 11-18
Intensive coaching in golf, riding, tennis, swimming and other sports alongside regular classes: £28,500 up
8 GRAMMAR SCHOOL: 11-18
All boy, academically challenging: £11,250
9 PRE-MEDICAL STUDIES: 16-17
One year course preparing for medical school: £34,050
10 STATE BOARDING SCHOOL: 11-18
Larger class sizes – smaller fees: £14,355