b'Flexi boarding Flexi boarding gets a mixed press; parents are generally in favour but for some schools its a step too far. One prep headmaster describes it as a bit of a nightmare, like gloried hotel management. Unlike full and weekly boarding, one schools denition of exi may not be the same as anothers. Its very rarely bed and breakfast at the drop of a hat. Most schools require parents to book boarding nights at the beginning of each term, with Thursdays and Fridays being the most popular. Not surprising if it means parents can enjoy a night out without having to nd a babysitter (and not have to get up for the Saturday morning school run). Many tell us that they will always do their best to accommodate a pupil at short notice if theres a family emergency. While it can be complicated for schools to manage, exi boarding could be just the ticket if your child has to stay at school late for sport, music or drama one or two nights a week, or if you want to dip your toe in the water and see if boarding suits your family. Schools that offer exi boarding will inevitably have some spare beds, but your child may not get the same bed or even the same room. Some schools have (comfortable) camp beds for occasional boarders. Arrangements differ quite widely so its worth asking exactly what is provided for exi or occasional boarders. 34'