congrats on getting in!! Although school obviously has its ups and downs i would probably say CLC is a good school as a whole. I’m not a boarder , i’m a day girl right now (i will be boarding in sixth form though!) but i’m friends with lots of the boarders so i can still answer any other specific questions you have about boarding if you want. the boarding houses are separate buildings yes, but the furthest one is no more than a 8 ish minute walk and it’s super safe!! there’s always a LOAD of people walking down at the same time, especially in mornings, so there’s nothing to worry about. In the winter evenings when it’s dark there’s a school coach/ minibus that drives boarders back to houses so you don’t have to walk in the dark and the academic environment is pretty similar to other schools i would say (meaning there are people who try really hard and people who don’t really try at all etc) however quite a lot of my year group are super smart. There’s a massive range of different types of people and groups so i wouldn’t say it was cliquey tbh since you almost definitely will find a group of people that will welcome you. I mean yeah, the school is pretty international but everyone mixes really. there are lots of different people in different groups but obviously you find the old group with a bunch of similar girls but most groups are varied!!