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Roedean's Headmistress, Mrs King, is the daughter of a diplomat who was posted to Australia, South Asia and East Africa in the course of his 35 year career. In a recent issue of Carousel magazine, she explained that she feels highly qualified to promote the benefits of boarding.
Having spent my own childhood in a wide variety of countries I feel comfortable in a school that promotes a global outlook, but I also recognize the need for stability and rootedness.
A boarding school can offer exactly this to the child of a diplomat; we encourage an understanding of and an involvement in the local Brighton community, as well as simply providing the stability of location that the family may simply not be able to offer.
Our diverse community welcomes girls from all over the world – but some of them are British. This is because daughters of FCO and Service families thrive at Roedean.
Why is this? Most importantly, the model of Roedean as an extended family means that we can provide stability and consistency often missing from a nomadic international lifestyle.
During sometimes tricky teenage years, our girls make strong friendships and grow up to appreciate the diverse cultures in the school.
Being close to Gatwick means easy flights home; grandparents also often live nearby - there are direct trains along the coast to towns such as Eastbourne and Worthing.
Naturally, the campus is wifi so contact with home can be as frequent as the girls choose.
At Roedean, we can offer funding for FCO and Service children equivalent to a 20% reduction on full boarding fees.