Boarding Schools in the UK

Studying at a boarding school in England singles will make all the difference

The British education system is considered to be one of the best in the world. It preserves its traditions while embracing modernity and trendsetting innovations. Living with native speakers for an academic term or year at a British boarding school means full immersion into the British culture and excellent linguistic, social, sporting & developmental results for your child.

The UK has well over 600 boarding schools, all of them with superb facilities and a wide range of sporting, artistic and cultural activities. Therefore, choosing the right school for your son or daughter can be a difficult task. ninetonineworld will help you to find the school that best suits each child’s profile and each parent’s requirements.


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Ages: 3 – 13

Type of school: coeducational, boys/girls only, different religions

Smaller, more personal schools

Capacity: between 100 and 375 students

Average price per term: £10,000


Ages: 11/13 – 18

Type of school: coeducational, boys/girls only, different religions

Medium or large-size schools

Capacity: between 200 and 1000 students

Average price per term: £13,000  –  £15,000

Why ninetonineworld

  • We are UK experts.
  • We provide a high-quality professional service: We pay attention to every detail and we take care of each child’s particular needs and interests.
  • On-site support: We have local offices in England and Spain.
  • We offer local guardian services, a prerequisite in the United Kingdom.
  • Optional guided tours to visit the schools.
  • Personalized support throughout the process: search for and selection of the boarding school, preparation for the entrance test, documentation, uniforms, logistics and monitoring of the students during their whole stay. 
  • We are reputable and have many years of experience in the field.

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How we work

Complete our online form
We will call you for further information
Dossier preparation: documents and interview
Search for and selection of schools
We will send you some options and advise you on your decision
Visits to schools (optional)
We will help you with the reservation paperwork
We will advise you on all he other documentation to be completed, uniforms and plane tickets.
We will provide support throughout your son/daughter’s stay at the school.

Important to take into account

When to start looking?
We advise clients to start the boarding school search process ideally 2 years in advance. For short term stays 9-12 months in advance should be sufficient. NB: schools offer a limited number of places for overseas children.
UK schooling system: GCSEs, A levels & IB
The UK school system may be different to what you are used to: at 16, they take GCSE exams, at 18, children take either A levels or the IB (International Baccalaureat). Get in touch for more information.
What age should your child go to the UK?
This will depend on your objectives: do you want a short term stay or a long term to the IB,? Is your child ready to go abroad, or should you wait? Everyone is different! Remember to check with your school about when they recommend overseas schooling: call us to discuss further.

Advantages of studying at a boarding school in England



  • It is a great way for your child to learn English
  • Your child can get to know a new culture thanks to full immersion in the culture
  • Their future is made much brighter: they mature, make new friends, improve their self-esteem, understand tolerance and mutual respect
  • They experience a different, creative education system that provides new stimuli and fosters each child’s talents
  • Enriching: Your child will have to deal with new situations without the direct support of their families
  • It helps them to be more prepared to face the challenges of today’s international world

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Short stays in UK boarding schools

Some of our clients look for a short stay in boarding school, for example, the summer or autumn term. This is good for students whose schools do not allow them a full year or more abroad, or for those who wish to try the British education system before going for a longer period.

The best boarding schools in England

The prestigious boarding schools in England have been recognised globally for their high academic level, appearing in the rankings of the best schools in the world.
A few of these world-renowned boarding schools include: Brighton College, Winchester College, Westminster School, St Pauls’ School, Eton College, Wycombe Abbey, St Mary’s Ascot, Sevenoaks, Concorde College, and more.

In addition to providing students with top quality education, the best boarding schools in the UK have excellent creative offering, personnel, and facilities such as: sports centres, theatres, art studios, music and recording studios, podcast rooms, golf courses, equestrian centers, cooking classrooms, science departments, Design & Technology schools, and business centers, to name a few.

With over 500 boarding schools in the United Kingdom, choosing the most suitable option is a complex process. The abundance of information you can find on the internet, and the likely conflicting recommendations made by friends whose children have studied in the UK is not enough to ensure you are taking the correct choice as regards a future school for our children: every family and child is different, and their specific circumstances and personality will mean that their search criteria are unique to them alone.

Boarding Schools in England for only girls or only boys

At ninetonineworld, we are experts in both co-educational and single-sex boarding schools. There are many boarding schools in England for either only boys or only girls, which provides greater freedom for them to choose subjects not typically associated with their gender.

Several industry reports highlight a number of potential benefits of single-sex schools in education. This is in part due to the fact that, among other reasons, boys and girls mature at different rates, especially between the ages of 10-13. At the same age and within the same conditions, their academic progress is different, so it makes sense to find the correct manner in which to educate boys and girls to suit their needs.

Additionally, the reports show that students who receive this type of education improve their performance and academic results, as the school is adapted to the maturity level and learning style of their students, thus helping to prevent academic failure.

Benefits and advantages of studying in England

The English education system is famous for its quality, and this is rooted in its drive to bring out the best in every student and to encourage constant progress and lifelong learning. In addition, British schools and universities are melting pots of cultures and nationalities. In a multicultural environment, they encourage adaptability, communication skills and an ability to listen and understand, all so important when trying to access future jobs in an increasingly interconnected world like today.
This type of education at boarding schools in the UK is complemented by quality facilities, highly qualified staff and a wide range of sporting, technological, artistic and cultural activities that will enhance the attitudes and aptitudes of each student.

In this academic system, the student is at the centre of everything: respect, perseverance, effort and responsibility, among others, are qualities that are fostered from childhood and throughout every child’s development in order to help them develop into adults with excellent critical thinking and social awareness skills.
Knowing how to work in a team, at the same time as being independent, how to solve problems, be a good leader and how to develop communication skills are key in this rounded educational approach.

What are boarding schools like in the UK?

The UK has over 500 boarding schools, most of them co-educational, but also, single-sex schools – only for boys or only for girls. All the British boarding schools have top class facilities, perfect for the optimal academic, social and creative development of their pupils. The schools are known throughout the world for their reputation for academic excellence.

Pupils have access to a wide range of subjects, and learn in small size classes: sometimes, of only 4-6 pupils. They have the opportunity to take part in a huge variety of extra curricular activities from art, music, deisgn and theatre to Duke of Edinburgh, CCF, sports, photography and more.

Pupils are often divided into ‘Houses’, where they sleep with other pupils their own gender and age, but get to know all age groups. They are looked after by ‘House parents’ and a ‘Matron’, who, together, look after all their daily pastoral needs.

What is a school year in England like?

The school year normally begins at the start of September and ends at the start of July.  Exact dates can be found on the websites of each school.

The school year is divided into 3 terms:

Autumn term or Michaelmas term
Normally, from the start of September, until the start or middle of December.

Spring term, Winter or Easter term
From the start of January, until the end of March. 

Summer term or occasionally known as Trinity Term
From mid-late April until the start of July. 

In the middle of each term, there is a ‘half term’ holiday, of two weeks duration in the Autumn term, and a week, in following terms.

What is life like in a boarding school?

Private schools in Britain have fabulous facilities, buildings, enormous amounts of land and open countryside in many cases, as well as theatres, top class sports, music and artistic facilities.  Many are on a par, or better, tan university campuses.  They thus offer a truly full educational solution to all their pupils, allowing them to develop to their full potential.

Who looks after my child while in the UK?

You child will require a legal guardian whilst at school in the UK. This is a legal requirement.  At ninetonineworld, we will guide you through this process and help you find a suitabel guardian who can filful all the criteria required for a successful stay in the UK. 

The main functions of a guardian are:

  • To be a point of emergency contact at all times during your child’s stay in the UK.
  • To manage any requirements of host families during ‘exeat weekends’ and ‘half term’ holidays, if needed.  
  • Arrangement of transport to/ from airports, where required
  • Monitoring of child’s academic and pastoral development during their stay in boarding school 
  • Attendance at parents meetings & similar where required 

Boarding schools for children in England

The British private education system has a solid reputation and long history around the world.

This is one of the reasons why so many parents choose to send their children to boarding schools in England in search of a high quality education, encompassing academic, sporting and creative excellence and a brighter future.

The British educational model of boarding schools for children in England features highly on all international lists and rankings. This model focuses on high quality and personalised teaching which extends beyond the classroom. It allows students to combine vocational, academic and creative subjects to develop their talents and creativity, clearly a differential advantage for their future. In addition, its focus is on the integral development of young people to foster qualities such as resistance, resilience, adaptability, self-confidence and critical thinking, while interacting in an international environment.

Why study in England?

In England all the years of school are homologated, therefore, any young student from the age of 11 can take part or a complete course of study in England and on their return continue their education in their home country.

However, each country’s educational rules do differ, so please contact us to discuss the best time for your child to attend boarding school.

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