How do I know if my child will suit boarding

11 January 2024

There’s no particular ‘type’ that suits boarding, but a desire to build positive relationships is key.

For the naturally gregarious, it’s usually an easy fit: friends on tap, activities laid on, endless chances to perform. However, it’s also a great opportunity for those that might find social situations a challenge; they’re given time and space to forge strong friendships and to develop interests at their own pace with our special support. Introverts and extroverts alike find the lead-up to exams less stressful in a boarding environment, as nerves are diluted among a large group.

If your child struggles with resisting the pull of their mobile phone, boarding offers great protection from distractions: rules for the benefit  of the community can help with personal discipline, as well as structure during holiday time!

The progress that’s made, courtesy of more contact time with teachers and friends, both reassures parents and fulfils energetic children.

Your child will suit boarding if they’re secure in their family unit and in the knowledge that they’re part of the decision-making process.

Learn more about our boarding options >

Discover the benefits of flexi or weekly boarding >

Contact our Head of Boarding, Mrs Mel Monk for enquiries or to book a trial ‘sleepover’ night >


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Windermere School is an Independent Boarding and Day School for ages 3-18, across Junior School, Senior School and Sixth Form. The school offers holiday courses and a summer school programme, as well as short term immersion courses for international pupils, as well as an award winning IB programme. Join the adventure today >