It is time for your child to start their 6th form studies in Cambridge and you have both agreed that it is a good idea for them to go to boarding school – after all, it helps prepare them for university. As a parent, you want your child to attend the best school possible because this is the first time that they are away from home. There are quite a number of 6th form boarding-school places in Cambridge which means that you have to do some research as to which one will give your son or daughter the most well rounded experience. To help you, we have compiled a list of factors that you should take into account:
• The first factor to take into account is the success rate of the schools that you have in mind. How many students do they send to university every year? The higher the number the better for your child because it increases their chances of securing a spot in a good university.
• The teachers that will be teaching your child also matter. You want teachers who have a reputation for excellence in all areas and not just the academic.
• Extracurricular activities are important – your son or daughter needs to be well rounded by the time they finish 6th form. It allows them to have more options – if they don’t do very well in class they could excel in sports or culture.
• Find out what kind of arrangements exist in the boarding house. Ideally, they should have an en suite room. There should be a boarding master who is present and available 24 hours a day. Try as much as possible to find a boarding school that has Wi-Fi in the boarding house.
• If your child will not be living in the boarding house you should ensure that you find the safe accommodation and a way of transportation to and from school every day.
• Boarding schools in Cambridge can be expensive so you should ensure that you have enough money to carry your child through till the end. Compare the fees in two or three schools to get a feel of how much you will be paying. Keep in mind that some schools are expensive only because they cater to children of the elite.