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Leaving Home At 8 explores the impact on both children and parents when children are sent away from the family home for the sake of their education. We follow the journey of four eight year-old children as they adjust to their new life away from their parents and their home. Each of their parents have decided that their child will be better off boarding in a private school, in this instance, Highfield, one of the top boarding schools in the UK. How do the mothers and children cope being separated from one another?