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5 Myths About International Boarding schools

Posted 10 July 2014
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Boarding schools have been the setting for so many books and films.  From ’Harry Potter’ where everything is based on magic and excitement, to ‘A Little Princess’ where the lead character lives in fear of her strict house keeper. It’s no wonder we have mixed messages about what it’s really like to go to a boarding school. It can be especially nerve wracking for international students due to attend an international boarding school! You’re not only leaving your families but also your home countries too. We’re here to bust the boarding school myths and share what it’s really like.

Boarding schools have been the setting for so many books and films.  From ’Harry Potter’ where everything is based on magic and excitement, to ‘A Little Princess’ where the lead character lives in fear of her strict house keeper. It’s no wonder we have mixed messages about what it’s really like to go to a boarding school. It can be especially nerve wracking for international students due to attend an international boarding school! You’re not only leaving your families but also your home countries too. We’re here to bust the boarding school myths and share what it’s really like.

 

 

1.    I won’t get as much help with my work as I would do at home.

 

This is actually opposite to the truth. Studying at a modern boarding school means that you are surrounded by teachers and staff 24/7 who want to help you to learn. There will always be someone to ask for extra guidance with work. Not only that but you’re always with your classmates so you can help each other out too! The class sizes are smaller than in regular schools so you get even more one-to-one attention. So being at boarding school means you get triple the amount of help!

2.    The teachers are scary and strict.

 

Not at all! Teachers at boarding school are often the most passionate and caring. They are highly trained in their subjects and they love what they do. They want to make learning fun and only want the best for their students. There are no Professor Snape’s in real life and nobody is going to dangle you upside-down by your ankles if you do something wrong. Phew!

3.    I will be lonely and I’ll miss my family.

 

At first, leaving home and adapting to a new environment can be very unsettling. Pastoral care and ensuring the welfare of students is priority number one in a modern international boarding school. There will be members of staff available 24/7 for students to talk to if they feel homesick, anxious or lonely. The good news is that an initial adjustment period is completely normal and eventually it passes, making you feel stronger and more independent than before! Remember that all boarding school students are in the same boat so you’re not on your own, and because of this you will make friends very quickly. In fact, most students say that they have the best times of their life with their boarding school friends!


4.    The food isn’t very nice.

 

Let’s face it, food makes people happy and boarding schools want their students to be happy! An on-site cafeteria will have a huge variety to choose from for breakfast, lunch and dinner! There will always be something you’ll enjoy! There are vegetarian and halal options, themed days for cultural festivals and healthy choices too!

5.    Boarding school means all work and no play!

 

This couldn’t be further from the truth. International boarding schools put a lot of importance on enrichment and social activities. Out of lessons there are so many things you can do. Sport competitions with other local schools, art clubs, cultural city visits and much more. Giving students a wide variety of activities ensures they have the most balanced lifestyle possible!

 

Want to find out more about studying at a top modern international boarding school in the UK?

Visit: http://www.bellerbys.com/locations/brighton


Corrina Taylor

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