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No other education system has produced so many eminent world leaders, scientists, academics, artists and celebrated business minds. These schools also have incredible success rates preparing children for the world’s top universities in Britain, the USA and around the world. Indeed the benefits of a British boarding school education are unparalleled.

We understand that choosing a school is one of the biggest emotional and financial choices a family will make. The British Boarding Schools Show enables parents to speak individually to schools and get your questions answered.

On arrival, every visitor will receive a comprehensive show guide with information on all exhibiting schools, maps and some helpful questions to ask if help is needed. Refreshments are also available at the show.

In addition to meeting leading schools, you can attend our comprehensive seminar programme which runs throughout the show. During these sessions, experts consider some of the key questions that parents may wish to consider when thinking about British boarding options, giving you every opportunity to gain insight and gather information.

The videos on this page will help you prepare for the show and below are some questions to consider when meeting schools.

Focus your School Search with Bonas MacFarlane's Questions

Bonas MacFarlane is Britain's leading education advisory service. Over the years they have built up a list of the basic questions that parents ask schools. It’s now quite a long list, but many parents use these questions as a checklist to help them focus their search. Many of these questions you will be able to answer by reading the school’s prospectus and website. Others you will need to ask the schools directly.


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Why do parents in the know choose boarding school?

Why do parents in the know choose boarding school?

Dr Niall Hamilton, Senior Admissions Tutor, Marlborough College, and Arabella Stuart, Admissions Director, Sevenoaks School, talk about a boarding education, the 24/7 learning environment and the reasons for considering this type of education.

Visitor feedback 2019:

“Some of the best schools in the world were here. What more could you ask for.”
"It saves so much time to meet so many schools in one go – certainly beats flying to the UK and driving round the country.”
“My wife and I have been considering whether to educate our children in Dubai or board them . In the end the sheer quality of the education available has meant we chose boarding.”
“Thank you so much for a brilliant show. We have decided to send all FOUR of our children to UK schools. Two start in September at a senior school. The other two join its prep school in 18 months’ time. We are so pleased to have found this wonderful school.”
“My son wants to go to an American university, and we were looking for a boarding school to prepare him. We found a school at the Show that can support him in his ambition, and he starts in the sixth form this September.”


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How to choose a school?

How to choose a school?

Ralph Lucas, Good Schools Guide and Alastair McCall, Editor of The Sunday Times Schools' Guide, Parent Power discuss how to choose a school and how much weight to give to the league tables alongside other factors.

  • 34 exhibiting schools
  • 8 % increase in boarders from Middle East 2017-2018
  • 7 years of Dubai show
  • 8 talks