At present, over 20,000 young people from overseas come to the UK each year to study at the UK’s 480 state and independent boarding schools. The UK has more boarding schools than any other country in the world and these are highly regarded and respected by parents overseas who recognise the quality, reputation and value of a British education. This week alone, we have been interviewing students for places at Freemen’s from countries as diverse as the Dominican Republic, Switzerland, Turkey and the USA. As an aside, the increased building of English-speaking schools overseas, which - as this 2014 article shows
- has been the trend for a number of years, backs up this claim; such schools are no longer just the province of Brits abroad.
In short, we are a market leader for boarding provision, and should be proud of that fact. Overseas students enrich the lives of UK boarding schools and create highly diverse communities where all young people can learn and develop. At Freemen’s, a relatively narrow social spectrum of young people is most definitely enhanced and enriched by the addition of intelligent peers from different cultures and countries.
For some time we have been reading of the increase in international boarding numbers - in articles such as this one from The Telegraph -
but the figures can be skewed depending on whether expat and diplomatic family numbers are included or not.