x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 September 2017

The survey says: boarding school

We asked 2,919 TaskSpotting users for their opinions on boarding schools

The Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai. Victor Besa for The National
The Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai. Victor Besa for The National

Many people claim the boarding school experience provides a rich educational environment where learning continues beyond the classroom. This is particularly so in an international environment, where the diverse enrolment of many nationalities and the celebration of different cultures mean students can potentially develop a greater global perspective.

However, the concept of boarding schools is relatively new to this country. It traces its beginnings to 2009, when Repton College Dubai welcomed boarders for the first time. This year, the Swiss International Scientific School announced that it would open boarding facilities.

We asked TaskSpotting users for their views on boarding schools. TaskSpotting describes itself as the region’s only advocate marketing platform and pitches our questions to its app community who typically engage with brands to create content and share feedback.

Surprisingly, 30 per cent of respondents said they or a member of their family had been to boarding school. About 45 per cent of respondents expressed an openness to their children attending a boarding school in this country. However, 56 per cent believed that boarding schools here should have their own Emirati flavour.