Horizontal and Vertical Boarding

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Horizontal and Vertical Boarding

Horizontal and Vertical boarding

There is no doubt about it – trying to choose the perfect boarding school for your child is hard.

Decisions, decisions!

When you come across terminology that sounds like it belongs in a Maths exam, the choice can be even harder.

Below are two basic terms to start off with which describe how boarding houses are organised.

Horizontal Boarding

This is when a boarding house caters for students who are all in the same year group.

Advantages

Disadvantages

Vertical Boarding

Vertical Boarding is when a boarding house caters for students from different year groups.

Advantages

Disadvantages

How do I choose between the two boarding styles?

Many schools have a mix of both Horizontal and Vertical Boarding, offering horizontal for younger boarders (for example, in the Prep years – ages 8 to 13) and again for Sixth Form (ages 16-18). And then they switch to Vertical Boarding from ages 13-16.

For more advice on which boarding style and school will best suit your child, talk to our Admissions team who will discuss all the pros and cons.

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This article appears in the following categories  Boarding School Life, FAQs & Resources, School Admissions

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