Why is there such rapid growth of interest in UK boarding schools? 

Why is there such rapid growth of interest in UK boarding schools? 

Interest from Indian families in UK boarding schools is on the up and that, combined with a strong desire from the very best schools in the UK to welcome applications from bright, enthusiastic and ambitious Indian children, has created a genuine buzz in the metropolitan areas of India.  Having worked with many Indian families in recent years, supporting and advising …

Jimmy Beale | Categories: Insights
Jun 14, 2022 . 2 weeks
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Interest from Indian families in UK boarding schools is on the up and that, combined with a strong desire from the very best schools in the UK to welcome applications from bright, enthusiastic and ambitious Indian children, has created a genuine buzz in the metropolitan areas of India. 

Having worked with many Indian families in recent years, supporting and advising them as they sought places for their children at top UK boarding schools, we were delighted to formally create a new partnership, The English Education in India, at the end of last year. We recently visited Delhi and  spoke to parents about their aspirations and plans to move their sons and daughters across to the very best UK boarding schools. As educational experts with backgrounds as Headteachers and school inspectors in independent UK schools, we are now really getting to grips with the needs and expectations of this fizzing market. 

Gone are the days of parents asking ,”Which school do I want my child to go to?” They are now looking for answers to the far more important question, “Which is the right school for my child?” – they want to know which of the myriad schools offer an environment where their child will be academically challenged, where they will make the most of the astonishing range of opportunities outside of the classroom and where their child will be valued as an individual within well-developed pastoral care systems.  

     

 

  • Key takeaways from our recent visit; 
    • Most Indian parents seek a pathway that will lead their child to the very best university placement in a world-leading university, whether that is in the UK or the USA; 
    • More families are looking for 13+ placement, appreciating that the longer the child is exposed to a life-enhancing educational experience, the greater the impact will be; 
    • Parents are looking beyond the ‘usual names’ when considering UK boarding schools, recognising that a well-known school within one particular social circle might not be the right choice for their child; 
    • Families are starting to appreciate that they must start their research much sooner then they might have thought – if looking for entry into a competitive and selective school for 13+ entry, it is good to get underway and take advice a good three years before the child will start in the UK; 
    • No school, however famous and well-known, is right for every child; 
    • Individual academic profiling of their son or daughter prior to considering schools is vital, saving a good deal of time and effort and ensuring that the child is pointed in the direction of schools where they are most likely to grow in confidence and flourish. 

It is a privilege to be working with many Indian families and we thoroughly look forward to visiting again soon. For more information about our advice and placement service, and our pre-entry academic profiling visit our webpage email us at Indiaoffice@theenglisheducation.co.uk