We in Boarding Concern feel that 16 year olds who choose to board should be able to do so. So long as it their fully informed choice and not made to please parents or others.
We challenge the practice in the UK of sending younger children away to boarding school. They are unable to give their informed consent, which is why in the UK we set the age of consent for certain activities at either 16 or 18. Certainly they cannot consent with full awareness at ages 6, 7, 10 or 12. However grown up or mature some children today may seem to be.
The Australian boarding school industry are targeting the benefits of boarding at older teens. And promoting “urban boarding” for city teens as well as those from rural areas.