Flexiboarding on the rise as pupils stay overnight at school following after
The proportion of weekly and flexi-boarders has increased for the past consecutive years, according to the Independent Schools Council annual census.In 2016, 15.7 per cent of boarders were weekly or flexi boarders, which has now risen to 17.9 per cent. “It is a natural response to demand. Parents are asking for it, and you have spare beds,” Mr Wergan said. “It suits parents and the young person benefits from the time. It is a national phenomenon.” He added that boarding schools are not like hotels, and parents would need to sign up in advance for what kind of flexi-boarding arrangement they would like. “Flexi-boarding” is on the rise as children are now increasingly staying overnight at school following after hours extra-curricular activities, a leading headmaster has said.Nick Wergan, headmaster at Steyning Grammar School in west Sussex and chair of the Boarding Schools Association (BSA), said that there has been a growth in the number of pupils opting to stay over night at school from time to time. “The trend of the growth is in flexi-boarding,” he said. “This is not boarding for an entire term, it is maybe a weekly boarder, or staying on certain nights during the week.” The BSA represents the UK’s leading boarding schools including Eton College, Harrow School and Winchester College.He said that flexi-boarding is a particularly popular option for children are staying late at school for an extra-curricular pursuit, whether it’s a debating club, a sports match or a zuma class. Mr Wergan, who worked as an investment banker for 15 years before re-training as a teacher, said that flexi-boarding option also suits parents with high-flying careers that involve frequent travel abroad, who would otherwise need to arrange mid-week childcare. While students whose families live overseas are more likely to be enrolled as full-time boarders, British parents are more likely to be interested in the flexi-boarding option, he said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.