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Experience Boarding

Are you Considering Boarding School for Your Child?

Or perhaps you're simply curious about what it's like to be a part of the boarding school community? The Independent Schools Show is back this year with an exciting new feature that promises to provide a unique and immersive experience for both parents and children.

Introducing Experience Boarding, a hugely exciting new addition to the show that allows you and your children to delve into the world of boarding school.


Experience Boarding is a trail of discovery for your child, lead by recent boarders.

During a fun-packed hour of rock climbing, caving, drama and marshmallow toasting, children will get all their boarding questions answered.

Each session lasts one hour and will take place at:

  • 11:00, 12:30 & 14:00 on Saturday
  • 12:00 & 13:30 on Sunday.

Places for each timeslot are very limited so please book in advance - by selecting the 'Experience Boarding' ticket at checkout. 

The Parents Reception is a unique opportunity to speak 1-1 with current parents, house-staff and heads.

Connect with Current Parents and House Staff

One of the highlights of Experience Boarding is the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations with current parents and house staff from some of the UK's top prep and senior boarding schools. This unparalleled access allows you to gain firsthand insights into the boarding school experience, ask questions, and address any concerns you may have about sending your child to boarding school.

Whether you're interested in understanding the daily routines, academic support, or the pastoral care provided at boarding schools, the Experience Boarding Pavilion is your chance to connect with those who are directly involved in shaping the lives of boarders. Their valuable perspectives can help you make an informed decision regarding your child's education.

A Fun and Educational Experience for Your Children

While you're engaging in informative discussions at the Experience Boarding Reception, your children won't be left out. In fact, they will embark on an exciting adventure of their own by participating in the Experience Boarding trail. Led by recent boarders, your children will get a taste of boarding life through a variety of activities designed to simulate the boarding school experience.

From climbing walls to outdoor survival skills, drama workshops to caving, this trail offers a well-rounded glimpse into the diverse activities that make up daily life at boarding schools. It's a chance for your children to not only learn new skills but also to make friends and have fun in a supportive and stimulating environment.


A Unique Opportunity to Explore Boarding Schools

Whether you're seriously considering boarding school education for your child or simply want to explore the possibilities, the Experience Boarding feature at the Independent Schools Show is a not-to-be-missed opportunity. It provides invaluable insights and offers an exciting experience for both parents and children.

Don't miss out on this chance to discover the world of boarding schools from multiple perspectives, and book your 'Experience Boarding' ticket today.


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