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Factors to Consider When Choosing a Boarding School

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The following checklist is designed to help you choose an appropriate private school in any country of the world:

Does the school have a good reputation? How long has it been established? If it’s an international school, does it belong to a recognised association?
Does the school have a decent academic record? For example, what percentage of pupils obtain good examination passes or go on to university? All schools should provide exam pass rate statistics. Choose the best school available if your goal is to help your child to get to university in the future.
How large are the classes and what is the student/teacher ratio?
What are the classrooms like? For example, their size, space, cleanliness, lighting, furniture and furnishings. Are there signs of creative teaching, e.g. wall charts, maps, posters and students’ work on display?
What are the qualification requirements for teachers? What nationality are the majority of teachers? Ask for a list of the teaching staff and their qualifications.
What is the teacher turnover? A high teacher turnover is a bad sign and usually suggests under-paid teachers and poor working conditions.
What extras must you pay for? For example, art supplies, sports equipment, outings, clothing, health and accident insurance, meals, private bus transport, text books and stationery. Some schools charge parents for everything on top, some do not.
Which countries do most students come from? What is the nationalities mix?
Is religion an important consideration in your choice of school?
Are special English classes provided for children whose English doesn’t meet the required standard?
What standard and type of accommodation is provided in a boarding school?
What is the quality and variety of food provided? What is the dining room like? Does the school have a dietician?
What languages does the school teach as obligatory or optional subjects?
What is the student turnover?
What are the school terms and holiday periods? Private school holidays are usually longer than those of state schools, e.g. four weeks at Easter and Christmas and ten weeks in the summer, and often don’t coincide with state school holiday periods.
What are the school hours?
What are the withdrawal conditions, should you need or wish to remove your child? A term’s notice is usual.
What does the curriculum include? What examinations are set? Are examinations recognised both in Italy and internationally? Do they fit in with your education plans? Ask to see a typical pupil timetable to check the ratio of academic to non-academic subjects. Check the number of free study periods and whether they’re supervised.
What sports instruction and facilities are provided? Where are the sports facilities located?
What facilities are provided for art and science subjects, e.g. arts and crafts, music, computer studies, biology, science, hobbies, drama, cookery and photography? Ask to see the classrooms, facilities, equipment and students’ projects.
What sort of outings and holidays does the school organise?
What reports are provided for parents and how often?
What medical facilities does the school provide, e.g. infirmary, resident doctor or nurse? Is medical and accident insurance included in the fees?
What punishments are applied and for what offences?
Last but not least, unless someone else is paying, what are the fees?

Before making a choice, it’s important to visit the schools on your shortlist during term time and talk to teachers, students and, if possible, former students and their parents. Where possible, check the answers to the above questions in person and don’t rely only on a school’s prospectus to provide the information. If you’re unhappy with the answers you get, look elsewhere.

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We assist families in making boarding school choice. We can travel with parents to any boarding school in the UK, assist them in assessing the chosen schools. We can also travel to any destination in the world with you to see a boarding school you have chosen and help you to make a right decision. This service is paid for, please make an enquiry, if interested to use our consulting advice. We speak English, Chinese, German, Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Slovak and many other languages.


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Our Team

Margaret Kos is an owner and a UK Boarding Schools Placement Consultant at Best Boarding Schools and a global mobility expert with more than 20 years experience working with the international community. She has been Management Consultant for several top education consultancies, has worked for the EU and national governments. She speaks English and has travelled extensively in Europe, America and Asia on International Business consultancy projects. She is based in London, UK.

Julie Wang is UK and Europe School Placement Consultant at Best Boarding Schools with an extensive knowledge of European and Asian cultures. Julie enjoyed growing up in China. Julie speaks English and Chinese. Her keen interest in education and her personal experience as well as visits to schools all around Europe has given her the ability to offer bespoke consultancy regarding top boarding schools for most prestigious clientele. She is based in London, UK.

Christopher White is US Boarding Schools Placement Consultant at Best Boarding Schools with an extensive knowledge of American and Asian cultures. Chris has lived iin the US and Asia and has worked for many years for International Education consultancies. He helps students to choose their schools in the US and assists families on their visits to schools all around the US and Canada. He has worked for many prestigious clientele from the Middle East, LaTam countries and Asia. Speaks English, Russian and some Chinese. Chris is based in New York, USA.

Alexander Lefèvre is Canada Boarding Schools Placement Consultant at Best Boarding Schools with a great experience of assisting international families. Alex has lived in Japan, Australia and New Zealand before moving to Canada. He has worked for International Education consulting business. Alex helps students with their admissions in Canada and assists families on their visits to schools all around the US and Canada. He has worked for elite clients from the Middle East, LaTam countries and Asia. Speaks English and French. Alex is based in Vancouver, Canada.

Gavin Ferrari is Swiss Boarding Schools Placement Consultant at Best Boarding Schools with great experience of assisting elite families in search for their schools. He helps students to choose their schools in Switzerland and assists families on their visits to schools all around Switzerland, France and Germany. Worked for most prestigious clientele from Middle East and Asia. Speaks English, German, French and some Italian. Gavin is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Teresa Sedano is Spain Boarding Schools Placement Consultant at Best Boarding Schools with great experience of assisting families and students in search for their schools all over the world. Has worked for many years as an English teacher. Theresa helps students to choose their schools in UK, US and Spain and assists families on their visits to schools all around Spain, France and UK. Speaks Spanish and English. Teresa is based in Malaga, Spain.

Peter Hoffmann is Germany Boarding Schools Placement Consultant at Best Boarding Schools. Has worked for many years as a German teacher. Peter helps students to choose their schools in Germany, UK, US, France, Switzerland and assists families on their visits to schools all around the world. Speaks German and English. Peter is based in Cologne, Germany.

Robin Baker is UK Boarding Schools Financial Planner. Robin is a school fees specialist, advising clients on the most efficient way to pay to put their children through private education. His role at Best Boarding Schools is to advice parents and grandparents on best ways to cover the fees for British boarding schools. He works purely and solely in family best interests. Robin is based in London, UK.


Marta Kobierski is UK and Swiss Schools Placements Consultant at Best Boarding Schools, was born in Slovakia and raised in New York. She has lived in Chicago, Lausanne and London, and so has had first-hand experience of relocation with 3 young children and creating a home on a few continents. She speaks English, Russian, Slovak and Polish. Marta is based in London, UK.


David Anderson is an Australian Schools Placement Consultant at Best Boarding Schools. David has lived in the Sydney area for more than 30 years and has extensive experience of boys only education both in the classroom and serving on the boys only boarding schools association board. David holds B.A, B.Ed, Dip TG, Cert of Residential Care M.A.C.E Diplomas and was a Senior Boarding Housemaster Shore School North Sydney between 1994 – 2013. He has been involved with serving as a Vice President of the International Boys' School Coalition. A current Member of the Australian Boarding Schools Association. He speaks English. David is based in Sydney, Australia.

Ana Otano Moreno is a South American Schools Placement Consultant at Best Boarding Schools. Ana is providing education consultancy services in South America. Ana speaks Spanish, English, French and Italian and has lived in a few LatAm countries. Ana is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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