London Parents Forum

Town v Country - the teenage years

15 June 2021, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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Would your teenager thrive better in a city or country school? Heads of five city and country schools interview their teenaged pupils to help you decide whether your child would suit a rural or urban education. There will be an extended Q&A where parents can directly question heads and pupils.

Featuring: Marlborough, Sherborne, Francis Holland, Reddam House, & Fulham School.

Post-lockdown many London families are reconsidering whether a city or country school would best suit their child. 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 the city?
  • 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


Dr Dominic Luckett
Headmaster
Sherborne School
Dr Mike Milner
Head of Senior School
Reddam House School
Christopher Cockerill
Head, Senior School
Fulham School
Lucy Elphinstone
Headmistress
Francis Holland School, Sloane Square
Julia Hodgson
Director of Admissions
Marlborough College