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Dear parents,

Are you wondering whether your child should study abroad for a while? This is the question I asked myself – as a mother of four – several years ago as well. Because aside from my role as a mother, I have also spent many years working as a Business Coach and Consultant for Strategic Communication. This role requires that I support people in their development and systematically aid them in the fulfilment of their potential – a skill that I also wanted to apply to my own children, of course.

In trying to obtain the best I can for my children in the German school system, I repeatedly found myself running into obstacles. That is why I finally decided on a boarding school in Great Britain, a country with a tradition of excellent education that goes back for centuries. I was hoping to find support from boarding school facilitators.

Because I also had a special request: my 15-year-old daughter wanted to enter the International Baccalaureate (IB) course a year earlier than was customary. "Absolutely impossible at the age of 15, no exceptions," the boarding school facilitator told us. I decided to contact the schools myself. I engaged in many discussions, looked at numerous boarding schools, and after two months had received an admission from one of the best boarding schools in England. Two years later, my daughter graduated there with an IB.

This experience led me to my business idea – a small, exclusive consulting agency with a carefully drawn selection of British boarding schools that I recommend to interested families after careful consultation, analysis of their potential and reflection – including addressing special requirements. It is important to me to personally support you from the beginning of the decision-making process until the end.

Another aspect is very important to me: aside from intellectual development, the responsible raising of young adolescents also includes personal growth and the development of values. If your children decide to go to school abroad for a while, that generally happens in the 10th or 11th grade. In this development phase, I think it is especially important to live together with like-minded students in the right learning environment and to be supported by motivating educators. However, I also think it is important to remain in regular contact with one's family during adolescence. In contrast to the US, New Zealand and Australia, Great Britain offers the very important geographical advantage that you can visit your children regularly.

You should also consider that the English taught as a foreign language in schools is no longer sufficient to meet the requirements of tomorrow's job market. Many universities already offer high-level courses held in English to prepare students for the requirements of global markets. Scientific studies and publications are increasingly only published in English. Nobody will dispute that it is best to learn a language in a country where it is spoken natively. A confident grasp of traditional British English is viewed in high regard across the world.

In closing, I would also like to point out that I work independently and only recommend schools to which I would entrust my own children.

Best regards,

Regine Hinkelmann

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