In my school, and in many others that I know, houseparents and other staff devote an enormous amount of time and care at weekends to ensuring that boarders do indeed have the next best thing to family life - and with the huge range of activities available, it is often a much more attractive option than a weekend at home.
I do not believe that boarding schools have ever been more conscious of their pastoral responsibilities towards children's upbringing, particularly those of us with a large proportion of pupils not resident in the local area. Indeed, many families choose such schools precisely because of the 'consistent care and stability' that they can and do offer.
Millfield Junior School
Glastonbury, SomersetReuse content