International Boarding Schools in UK
When choosing international boarding schools in the UK many parents and students assume that the only thing that they should take into account is how well the school performs. This is important and indeed cannot be overlooked, but there are other equally important factors to consider. International students are far away from home and this alone presents challenges that other students do not face. They leave behind the support system that they have had all their lives – when they have a problem, need a friend or just need to hear the reassuring voice of a parent they may not find it so easy.
As you choose a school it is important to look for those that provide as much support for students as possible. They should be welcomed and made to feel at home. Don’t just look at the staff; many students will feel alienated by fellow learners and this can become a serious problem especially with self conscious teenagers. Look into the background of the school before you make any decision – have international students excelled in the past, or have they faced challenges that have affected their performance? It helps if you can talk to recent alumni – they can give you a clearer picture of the conditions in the school.
If your child is not fluent in English they will need extra support. You can help them by enrolling them in additional English classes. The language barrier may also affect learning in other subjects, so make sure that your child is in a class that is small enough for them to get one-on-one attention from his or her teachers. Good schools also provide additional holiday tuition, so you can enrol them in these classes too.
The Cambridge Centre for Sixth Form Studies is one of the best UK boarding schools for international students.