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Hurtwood House - a top co-ed boarding school

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Cardiff Sixth Form College - Top Independent School and Top 6th Form College

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Hurtwood House

Sevenoaks - a top IB School

Sevenoaks - a top IB School

Tonbridge School - a top boys' boarding school

Tonbridge School - a top boys' boarding school

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Brighton College - a top co-ed boarding school

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Woldingham School

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The Cheltenham Ladies' College - a top girls' boarding school

What is an "all through school"?

As you will have already seen elsewhere on our website, UK private schooling is typically divided into 3 life stages:

  • Pre-prep – 4 to 7
  • Prep – 7 to 11 or 13
  • Senior – 11 or 13 or 18

An all through school simply combines the senior stage with one or two others such that a child could go from 4 to 18 or 7 to 18 in the same school. Bear in mind that boarding rarely commences before age 7 – so you will not get a 4 to 18 all through boarding school.

What are the advantages of an all through school?

The obvious advantage is not having to change to a different senior school at age 11 or 13. Most all throughs will state that a prep age child will still have to be assessed for suitability to transition from junior to senior. In reality there are very few exceptions – usually for children who have misbehaved or who are downright lazy!

A lesser known advantage is that the boarding fees up to age 13 are sometimes held down to the prep school levels often saving around 15% on 11+ age fees.

There tend to be more girls all throughs than boys all throughs and it is a quirk of UK private schools that girls schools are often cheaper than boys schools or coeds.

The junior and senior schools are often on separate sites and have separate Heads.

Are there any disadvantages?

Some children can benefit from a change of scenery rather than stay in the same school all of their childhood. Some might want to change from single sex to coed or vice versa.

If you are targeting entry to an elite academic school at age 13, it’s very likely the all through is not going to coach the pupil to the required level for Common Entrance pass and you would be better off finding a feeder prep school.

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