The Upsides of Life in Boarding

By Clare Donovan

You live in Phuket? Then why on earth would you send your child to a boarding school in another province or country? Let me share the upsides of boarding that
students in Phuket have discussed with me over the years.

Firstly, boarding provides access to opportunities not all
day-students get – access to facilities and to Academic, Sports and
Arts Scholarships, which require daily interactions with teachers are just a few.

Secondly, boarders benefit from special friendships. When parents work
long hours or when the student is an only child, boarding offers round-the-clock
support from staff and fellow students and creates friendships that
last well beyond the last day of school.

Structure and routine are also crucial. Young people might try to
avoid them, but this “scaffolding” helps them navigate their way
through unpredictable teenage years. In boarding, a structure is a norm
and students get used to it and find it beneficial.

Finally, boarding builds self-reliance and teaches students to be
independent in and outside of school. House Parents are always around to
guide them, but students become increasingly independent as their
boarding school life continues – it really is no wonder that some of
the most influential people across the globe spent at least a part of
their school days in boarding. The self-reliance that boarding can
provide is the bedrock of success, beyond the realm of the classroom.

Interested in boarding at BISP? Contact the Head of Boarding and
Admissions Officer at Learn more on

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