The mystery behind some of the Jargon used at a UK boarding school

For international students who are joining a UK boarding school for the first time, things can be very daunting and what makes matters even more difficult that as well as standard English being spoken which in itself is not very easy to understand spoken at high speed in the excitement of half term, there are also words and phrases used that are completely alien.  This article is designed to  unravel the mysteries for our international students in UK boarding schools. 

When students arrive they will be taken to their House and that is run by a Housemaster or Housemistress - their room is not called a bedroom but a dorm.

When they are shown their room they will probably meet the person sharing their room who may be introduced as their roommate or Dormie. 

A pupil who is given the job of taking care of a new pupil may be introduced to you as your Buddy or your Shadow. 

Once lessons start and you receive your timetable, you will find that some hours at the end of the day are allocated for private study or homework.  This is called Prep. 

Part of your curriculum is likely to include sport and you may not recognise slang words for some of the sports you may be trying such as:  Lax (Lacrosse), Ruggers (Rugby), Footie (football or soccer). 

Your school may close some weekends and that is when you will go to your Bright Word Guardianship Host Family. These weekends are called exeat weekends. 

Hopefully you will stay healthy while you are at UK boarding school but in case you are unwell, you may have to go to the San or Sanitorium where the School nurse, or Matron will help you out. 

We hope you will enjoy your boarding school experience.  Your Bright World Buddy (our Local Coordinator who will come and visit you. ) and the entire Bright World team will do all we can to make sure you settle into daily life and are happy at school.  On arrival, your Bright World Buddy will give you your student handbook. Keep this safe and sound as it will contain useful information  and should help you to settle in and understand things better. 

Welcome to the UK and LOL (lots of love)


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