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State boarding schools


If you are considering boarding, a state boarding school may be an option. As always, it is important to do your research and above all, see the school in action before you make any choice. State boarding schools provide free education but charge fees for boarding. Some state boarding schools are run by local councils and others are run as academies or free schools. These schools give priority to children who have a particular need to board and will assess children’s suitability for boarding. At state boarding schools and academies, including sixth form colleges, parents pay between £9,000 and £15,000 per year for their children to board. In England there are 38 mainstream members of the State Boarding Forum (SBF), which is part of the BSA, including academies and free schools. For more information on state boarding schools go to: 


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Academies with boarding
School County Region   Boarding places
Adams’ Grammar School Telford and Wrekin West Midlands   100
Ashby School Leicestershire East Midlands   75
Beechen Cliff School Bath South West   35
Brymore Academy Somerset South West   150
Burford School Oxfordshire South East   90
Colchester Royal Grammar School Essex East of England   30
Cranbrook School Kent South East   252
Dallam School Cumbria North West   127
De Aston School Lincolnshire East Midlands   80
Duke of York's Royal Military School Kent South East   722
Durand Academy West Sussex South East   75 rising to 375
Gordon’s School Surrey South East   217
The Harefield Academy Borough of Hillingdon London   48
Haydon Bridge High School Northumberland  North East    60
Hockerill Anglo-European College Hertfordshire East of England   307
Holyport College Berks South East   108
Keswick School Cumbria North West   53
Lancaster Royal Grammar Lancashire North West   180
Liverpool College Liverpool North West   30 
Old Swinford Hospital Met Borough of Dudley West Midlands   500
Polham Hall School Co Durham North   60
Queen Elizabeth's Academy Trust Devon South West   55
Reading School Reading South East   80
Ripon Grammar School North Yorkshire North   95
Royal Alexandra & Albert School Surrey South East   507
Shaftesbury School Dorset South West   104
St George's School Hertfordshire East of England   130
Sexey's School Somerset South West   330
Steyning Grammar School West Sussex South East   125
Sir Roger Manwood's School Kent South East   52
The Five Islands School Isles of Scilly South West   32
The Skegness Grammar School Lincolnshire East Midlands   55
The Priory Academy LSST Lincolnshire East Midlands   60
The Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe Buckinghamshire South East   78
The Wellington Academy Wiltshire South West   100
Welbeck – The defence Sixth Form College Leicestershire East Midlands   375
Wymondham College Norfolk East   641
Boarding at a state-funded school
School Address Phone Type PR Weblink
Willingham Road, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire. LN8 3RF01673 843415Bo, D, M, 11-18
Gordon\'s SchoolWest End, Woking, Surrey GU24 9PT01276 858084Bo, D, M, 11-18 
Royal Alexandra and Albert SchoolGatton Park, Reigate, Surrey. RH2 0TD01737 649000Bo, D, M, 7-18 
St George\'s SchoolSun Lane, Harpenden, Hertfordshire. AL5 4TD01582 716277Bo, D, M, 11-18 
Wymondham CollegeWymondham, Norfolk. NR18 9SZ01953 609000Bo, D, M, 11-18 
Shaftesbury SchoolSalisbury Road, Shaftesbury SP7 8ER01747 854498Bo, D, M, 11-18 
Tidworth, Wiltshire SP11 9RR01264 405060 Bo, D, M, 11-18
Milnthorpe, LA7 7DD015395 65166Bo, D, M, 11-18
Manwood Road, Sandwich, Kent CT13 9JX01304 610200Bo, D, M 11-18
Cranbrook SchoolWaterloo Road, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3JD01580 711800Bo(13-18), D(11-18), M, 11-18 
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