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What is the best age to start boarding school?
UK Boarding schools take international boarders from the age of 11 to 18, the best period to start a boarding school depends on the student’s academic nature and the parent’s education planning for their children. We often encountered families with different concerns, and each family has their family consideration. Therefore, when to send a child to a UK boarding school cannot be generalized.

Planning as early as possible is highly recommended. Parents are advised to discuss and plan their children for overseas education from 18 months to earliest 42 months ahead, preparing for the entrance exam, and choosing the most suitable school for their children. During the process of planning and selection of schools, we understand that it is not an easy task. If parents decided to go overseas to identify and visit their favourite boarding schools, A-star Overseas Education is the company who is ready to help!

One of the most important decisions for parents and the children to study abroad is the choice of schools, and you are trusting your children’s academic development and day-to-day welfare and happiness to the school. However, by working with A-Star Education, you can be ensured that high standards are assured.

A-Star Education team have visited over 50 UK boarding schools and colleges, with our Education Specialist’s help, you are sure to find a school that best suits your child’s needs.


Preparatory Schools (sometimes called junior schools) for students aged 7 to 11 or 13 years


Senior Schools (sometimes called secondary schools) for students aged 11 or 13 years to 16 or 18 years


Independent Colleges (which was referred to as tutorial, sixth-form or further education colleges) for students aged 15 and over


International Study Centres or ISC as they are known, are linked to boarding schools and prepare international students for life at a traditional boarding school.

A-Star Education works with all these schools, and we can help you select the appropriate school for each child.

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