The underrated benefits of learning English at boarding school

Many parents know the benefits that English language skills can bring to their children’s future but are baffled by the educational choices available.

Those considering the boarding school option will be aware that the secure, focused environment and small class sizes can bring particularly successful academic results, but there are further advantages to a boarding school education that can sometimes be overlooked.

Forbes defines boarding schools as ‘24-hour, intentional communities created with the student’s growth and development at the centre’. Growth and development in this case refers as much to a child’s character as it does to his or her academic record.

Here are some of the main ways that young minds can flourish in a boarding school setting, laying the foundations for a successful future – in their studies, their work and beyond:

Independence – Boarding school students quickly learn to complete school assignments and domestic chores on their own, becoming self-disciplined and gaining valuable expertise in managing time, money and resources.

Maturity – Living away from home is a big change for most students. These students learn to make their own decisions, and cope with life’s ups and downs within a safe community of peers who are all going through the same experiences.

Strong moral code – Boarding school students live in a community where characteristics such as respect, honesty and hard work are valued and encouraged. These moral and social values are the backbone of well-rounded individuals.

Friendship and diversity – Living and learning with other students from different countries and backgrounds means that horizons are broadened and strong friendships are formed across the usual boundaries. Friends made at boarding school are often friends for life.

If your child would benefit from learning English in an environment that also specialises in developing a strong character, take a look at Newbury Hall, an exceptional institution in the UK – open 52 weeks per year, with no minimum English language requirement.