The Boarding Option

Personal circumstances and preferences or, indeed, the specific needs of a student, may lead some families to conclude that a boarding school education will best match their needs.

Whilst Cheshire families have a broad selection of top independent day schools to consider, and with the exception of one small but very good junior day / boarding school, they have no alternative other than to look outside the county to commence their search.

Boarding schools offer children the opportunity to learn and experience life surrounded by like-minded peers and inspirational staff.

Small class sizes, superb facilities and the luxury of time means that boarding students have a wealth of extracurricular activities available to them to supplement their learning and help uncover their talents.

It is not just academic excellence that is important; a boarding education is holistic in nature and seeks to develop the whole person.

Strong Support Network

The care and wellbeing of each student is a major priority for all boarding schools – as only a happy, supported child can achieve its full potential. Students benefit from a strong support network including the housemaster or housemistress, tutors, matrons, house prefects and other senior students.

The dedication and full-time commitment of that support team is vital to the secure, safe environment that each House provides.

Learning & Living Together

Boarding houses are a vital part of boarding school life, a caring community of students living together.

Life-long friendships are made here and a wealth of house activities cements the strong bond between housemates. Younger pupils learn from older pupils and the older pupils taking responsibility to care for others.

Many boarding schools have a rich, diverse mix of students from around the globe meaning that your child will make friends with other children from a variety of cultures and backgrounds encouraging tolerance and mutual understanding.


Life at a boarding school equips students with a high degree of self-reliance and motivation especially when it comes to academic studies. ‘Prep’ or revision is a daily part of life and, with tutors on hand problems or areas for academic improvement are quickly identified and acted upon.

Children are encouraged to excel in their academic studies and also to embrace all the other opportunities boarding school provides.

Some schools have specialised boarding facilities for their final year students aimed towards preparing them for life at university and beyond. Life skills such as organisation, cooking, cleaning and time management ensure that boarding students leave school fully equipped to succeed in the future.

Three of the country’s top independent boarding schools are keen to invite prospective parents and students from Cheshire to visit them to find out what they have to offer.

Queen Ethelberga’s Collegiate

Our sixth form students have surpassed themselves with the best A-Level and BTEC results ever –potentially putting Queen Ethelberga’s College among the top handful of schools in the country.

Repeating 100% pass rates in both the College and the Faculty our average university admissions (UCAS) points score for the College was 495, the equivalent to more than 4 A grades at A-Level. 72% of A-Level students in the College achieved at least 3 A grades. The percentage of A-Level grades at A* and A was 80% and for A* to B was 97%.

Former head boy, Elliot Bell, got a clear sweep of A* and A grades to secure a place atCambridgeUniversityto study economics.

Such excellent results from the College could put us in the top rankings of independent schools in the country. Last year the College’s results placed us­ firmly in the top ten of co-educational day and boarding schools in the country and the top school in the North of England.

St Peter’s School, York

Founded in 627AD, St Peter’s School,York, is one of the oldest schools in the world.

Our prep school, St Olave’s, for children age 8-13, offers small classes and unrivalled facilities, giving pupils the best possible preparation for the transition to St Peter’s itself.

From 13, pupils at St Peter’s follow a broad curriculum before specialising at GCSE and A-level.  St Peter’s pupils achieve outstanding results – half of all leavers progress to Russell Group and elite universities in theUKand internationally.

Boarding is available from age 10, and each boarding house is kept small, ensuring a warm, homely environment.  Pupils benefit from the continuity of staying in the same house throughout their time at school, with older pupils providing leadership and support to newer arrivals.

St Peter’s occupies a verdant 47-acre site on the banks of the river Ouse, yet is just ten minutes’ walk from the historic heart of the city andYorkstation.

 Trent College

Trent College is situated in beautiful grounds on the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire border, with a vibrant community which can offer your child an excellent education and a thorough preparation for life. At Trent, we offer something much broader, an education which celebrates all; the academic, the creative, the physical, the spiritual and the emotional.

What makes Trent so distinct, so different from many other schools, is the breadth of education that we offer and the level of support and care that we give to each student. If you were to ask current parents why they chose Trent College for their son or daughter, they would tell you that the children here are happy, bright, confident, at ease with themselves and others and full of an infectious energy and enthusiasm for their school life.

Hard work in the classroom is matched by a passion in extracurricular activities and commitment to the school community to develop well-rounded and happy young people. This positive approach to education is ingrained in everyday Trent College life, visible everywhere from the classroom, to the sports arenas, through to the school’s creative and performance arts.

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