What the young people say about how boarding has supported their good educational outcomes.
Research into the educational gap which exists between poor and more affluent children suggests that one contributing factor is that more affluent children often have a home environment which is more conducive to supporting their education than their poorer counterparts. More affluent children are more likely to have gardens and bedrooms in which to escape and read or study quietly, where in contrast poorer children often live in cramped or over- crowded and often chaotic conditions. More well off children are likely to have parents who can extend their learning, take them on trips to broaden their horizons and to help with homework at home.
This is what our 6th formers have told us about how boarding has helped them to achieve such positive academic outcomes:
“My housemaster really motivated me to do my homework and to excel at my studies." Martin
“If I hadn't have gone to boarding school then I probably wouldn't have carried on with education up to 'A' levels and wouldn't be focused on education in the way I am now. I found it easier to work when everyone around me was motivated"
“It was easy to work within a culture of where it was 'cool' to work hard. I was pushed academically and in particular got very good support from an English teacher who helped me and other students outside of lesson time. If I hadn't have boarded I don't think I would be going to such a good university."
“Boarding gave me a quiet place to study. I can't get any peace and quiet at home!"
“At boarding school you are surrounded by academics so you are learning all of the time."
Broadening horizons and raising aspirations
We are immensely proud of the educational achievements of the young people we fund, and recognise the centrality of this to their positive futures. However, we also know that educational achievement is not the only positive impact our intervention has had on children's lives.
Research into the reasons for the attainment gap between poor children and their more affluent peers suggests that attitudes, behaviour and aspirations of their mothers (there was insufficient data from fathers) has a big impact on future life chances and academic performance. In poorer families there are fewer expectations and aspirations, and it has been found that this in itself can affect educational success.