I honestly don’t know why I (and by the looks of what I found via Google; a lot more people) are so interested in the subject ‘boarding school’. I haven’t been to a boarding school, neither will I ever. And I don’t think I would ever send my children (hypothetically speaking) to boarding school, because I think children need parents around, need a family life and need to have a place to go home to (home not being the same place as school). Maybe it’s because of books like Harry Potter, or maybe it’s because the topic is so foreign to me that it interests me. Either way I realize that boarding schools in books and movies are romanticized a lot, however I also realize (and hope) they’re not as bad as portrait in stories like Tom Brown’s schooldays.
However, I love to read about it, wonder what it would be like, watch movies and documentaries about it and visit boarding school websites (yes, I know that might sound weird). So, since there are more people like me who are interested in this I have made a list of my favorite sources concerning the topic: boarding school.
- Dead Poets Society
- Emperors Club
- Leaving Home at 8
- Harrow School Documentary
- Eton College Documentary 1993
- Westminster School Documentary
If you’re living in the UK, you’re lucky because SKY 1 (I believe) is airing a new series about Harrow called: Harrow, A very British School. Update: I found the episodes online! There is also a show called ‘Too Poor for Posh School’, which is also only available for UK residents. Let me know if there is some way ‘non UK residents’ can watch these shows!
- Principles of Love – Emily Franklin
- Private – Kate Brian
- Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling
- Looking for Alaska – John Green
If you have any suggestions for books, movies or documentaries about this topic, leave a comment below! I’d love to check them out!