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Top 10 Boys Boarding Schools in the UK 2018

Parents deciding to send their children to the UK have many things to consider, with some parents preferring to send their sons to an all-boys boarding school. The learning environment at an all-boys boarding school can be quite different, offering a different experience. Today, we are listing the top boarding schools in the UK for the year 2018. Choices are based on the highest number of A* and A grades achieved for their A Levels.

Best Boy Boarding Schools in the UK League Table

The UK School League Tables are usually a good indicator on how well a boarding school performs. In our previous article we highlighted the Top Co-Ed Boarding Schools in the UK and Top Girls Boarding Schools in the UK with this list more specifically for the best boarding school for boys in the UK. At Britannia StudyLink, we help parents find the best study environment suited for their children. The A Levels A* and A Grades indicated below are the academic achievements for the year 2018.

Westminster School

A* and A Grade: 87.06%

Westminster is located in the heart of London right next to the famous Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. It has a rich tradition dating back to the 12th century and received royal patronage from Queen Elizabeth I in 1560. It is made up of buildings built or acquired over the centuries, which in and of itself reflects the history of Britain.

St Paul’s School – London

A* and A Grade: 85.11%

St Paul’s School is an independent school for boys aged 13–18 located by the River Thames, in Barnes, London. It is one of the original nine British “Clarendon” public schools as investigated by the 1861 Clarendon Commission.

Eton College

A* and A Grade: 84.62%

Selection is based on all-round qualities as opposed to solely academic strengths. Almost all boys now take the College’s pre-assessment at age 11 (the registration deadline is 10 years and 6 months), which involves a reasoning test, an interview and a school report. Conditional places are offered for entry at 13, subject to qualification through Common Entrance or Eton’s King’s Scholarship examination. Boys entering from the state sector in Year 9 take an exam based on the National Curriculum.

Winchester College

A* and A Grade: 84.04%

Located in Winchester, Hampshire, College is an independent school for boys and has a tradition spanning over 600 years. It is one of the oldest schools in the UK and one of the only four remaining independent schools where all pupils are boarders. The College is situated on extensive grounds spanning 250 acres, and it also oversees much of the surrounding land.

Harrow School

A* and A Grade: 70.00%

Founded in 1572, Harrow School revels in its reputation as an all-boys public school. No fewer than seven British prime ministers have been Harrovians, as well as the first prime minister of India, Pandit Nehru. As well as having highly qualified academics on its books to teach students, there is also a super-curriculum in place which focuses on aspects of study that are not formally assessed. These include habitual reading, independent research, reflection and debate. The foundation of the curriculum is the electives system, which allows boys to select an intellectually challenging course that is off-syllabus and taught in small groups. At the centre of these courses are independent learning and problem-solving.

Tonbridge School

A* and A Grade: 67.63%

Originally founded in 1553, the School moved to its present privileged site in the mid-19th century. At Tonbridge, they take special pride in their renewed chapel and its beauty and calm. Boarding is situated in solid Victorian houses abutting the playing field. Younger boys are accommodated in functional four-bed rooms, whereas older boys have two-bed rooms. The School’s 150 acres, situated next to the town’s main street, are private, secluded, but at the hub of things at the same time.

Dulwich College

A* and A Grade: 64.08%

Located in south London with excellent access to Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, Dulwich College is nestled in the vicinity of parks, commons and museums. Originally founded in 1619, Dulwich moved to its 70 acre green field site on Dulwich Common in the 1870s. The College is divided into four Schools: The Junior School, Lower School, Middle School and Upper School. In addition, DUCKS (Dulwich College Kindergarten and Infants’ School), enables boys and girls aged from six months to seven years to thrive. Each School has its own Head who is responsible to the Master for that part of the College.

Radley College

A* and A Grade: 63.03%

Over twenty subjects are on offer, with the college following a traditional route, and with Mandarin politics being the only notable difference. Special learning support strategies are given to each student, especially those wishing to receive the best advice and help in gaining entry into Cambridge or Oxford universities. The school provides a Shell programme of learning, in which boys are taught among other subjects: art, biology, history, design and technology, theology, physics and music. From this the boys choose subjects for GCSE along with their core subjects. Radley is one of the top academic league schools in the UK, whose reputation for academic brilliance is enhanced by the large amount of students who go on to study at Oxbridge institutions.

Abingdon School

A* and A Grade: 62.98%

Set in peaceful and charming surroundings close to Albert Park, Abingdon, the independent day and boarding Abingdon School can be found delivering first-class education to boys. With a commitment to a broad education and academic success, the School very much values hard work and dedication to the cause. Oxford is a short 15-20 minutes bus journey away. With day houses and three grand boarding houses (Crescent, Davies’ and School), over 130 boys enjoy the unique nature and independence of boarding life at Abingdon.

Whitgift School – Croydon

A* and A Grade: 57.80%

Whitgift offers more qualifications than any other British school and is regularly ranked amongst the country’s top schools. These qualifications include BTEC, A-level and the International Baccalaureate as well as a bilingual section for native French speakers. Whitgift has also established exchanges, visits and scholarship programmes with more than 25 countries worldwide.

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Date: 17th December 2018

Author: Ronald Mak

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