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

SCHOOL

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

GOLF

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

MEDICAL

10       STATE BOARDING SCHOOL: 11-18

Larger class sizes – smaller fees:  £14,355

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