International students in the UK help to ‘break up the traditional image of the British boarding school pupil’ according to a leading education group – the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA).
Speaking at the BASIS (British Association of Independent Schools with International Schools) conference on international education in Birmingham, Boarding Schools’ Association CEO Robin Fletcher said overseas boarders “give young people the chance to mix and make friends with people from across the globe.”
They also added ‘cultural diversity, understanding, tolerance and respect’ and ‘broadened the horizons of boarders and boarding staff’.
There are more than 28,000 overseas students currently studying at some of the UK’s 500+ boarding schools, said Mr Fletcher.
“There is no doubt that more and more parents around the world are looking to UK schools to gain the best education they can for their sons and daughters,” he added.
“Apart from first-class learning and teaching in outstanding facilities, most UK boarding schools offer a world of other things to help to develop the minds, bodies and interests of every child – from adventure to sport, drama to debating, music to simply getting muddy on far-flung camping trips.”
Caroline Nixon, BAISIS General Secretary said, “International students in our boarding schools give our own children a fantastic network with the opinion formers of the future as well as an invaluable knowledge of how to live together in the global village.”