London Parents Forum

Town v Country - Girls' schools

22 June 2021, 12:00 PM - 12:25 PM

In conversation - a girls’ London day school & a senior girls’ boarding school. 

Post-lockdown many London families are reconsidering whether a city or country school would best suit their child. Would your daughter thrive better in London or out of the city?

Heads of two of the UK's leading girls' schools discuss how their schools' locations impact on their pupils' education. Based in the Barbican, City of London School for Girls could not be more central. Sherborne Girls School is based in the bustling small market town, surrounded by the rolling Dorset countryside

London has some of the world’s most academic independent schools, and children growing up in the capital enjoy extraordinary access to the city’s rich cultural diversity. But outside the city, there are independent schools with acres of space, superb facilities, extended days and offering all the holistic benefits of residential education.

  • What do day pupils do after school? 
  • Do country boarders miss London?
  • Who has more freedom, boarders or day pupils?
  • How diverse is the school?
  • How does the choice of boarding or day school impact on relations with your parents?
  • Are city children more likely to encounter troubling situations? 
  • Who has more time for activities / friends?
  • How important are first class facilities?
  • Do London schools make good use of the city? Do country schools make use of the country?

Our Panel

Ed Vaizey
House of Lords
Dr Ruth Sullivan
Sherborne Girls
Jenny Brown
City of London School for Girls