State boarding schools


State boarding schools are often described as ‘education’s best kept secret’. Many prospective parents find out almost by chance yet state boarding is available to all EU-qualified pupils.

  • provision

    What provision do state boarding schools make for the needs of children from Service families?

    State boarding is said to be one of the best kept secrets in education. I am happy to say it provides a viable, cost-effective and worthy alternative to boarding in the independent sector. At the moment there are 38 maintained or state-funded boarding schools which offer a diverse range of high quality educational experiences.  

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  • Shared

    Shared values for happy pupils

    Choosing to send a child to boarding school is a difficult decision for many parents. For some families, it is a lifestyle choice, but for Service families, the frequent moves that are a part of everyday life may make it a necessity.  

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  • The benefits of state boarding

    As Head of a leading state boarding school I am often asked what the concept of state boarding means in practice. If your child is coming up to secondary age and you are looking for affordable boarding and a cracking education, you need look no further than this small group of effective, and indeed cost-effective, schools. Put simply, parents of children at state boarding schools pay only for the boarding fee – broadly in the £12,000 to £15,000 per year bracket – receiving in return a top-flight education and a boarding experience which matches what the independent boarding sector has to offer. 

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  • Choosing

    Choosing state boarding

    State boarding schools are often described as ‘education’s best kept secret’. Certainly I meet many prospective parents who have found the sector almost by chance and who once introduced are impressed by the range of facilities, types of school and examination results across our schools. State boarding is available at the time of writing to all EU-qualified pupils and the education is provided free of charge, so parents only pay for the boarding element.

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  • Sixth-form

    Sixth-form boarding

    When asked what the aims are for the provision of sixth-form education, I am sure that most leaders of schools and colleges with sixth forms would have a very similar response – to help pupils achieve the best examination grades they can while at the same time prepare them for life after school, in the broadest sense of the word ‘life’ – from social skills to careers. By exposing pupils to as many experiences as possible we can help to develop their ‘soft’ skills and character, and broaden their minds. We want young people to be alive to the opportunities that exist in the global village they now live in, while at the same time being open and sensitive to, and appreciative of, other cultures. I would argue that boarding schools are in a unique position to be able to meet these aims.

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  • State Boarding school

    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.

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  • financial

    What can financial and educational organisations learn from each other?

    At first glance there seems to be little similarity between the worlds of finance and school leadership. They might both be about investment – the first more literal and the second more holistic – but if we put aside the obvious difference in purpose and outcome, there is much the two sectors can learn from each other with regard to leadership and success. 

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  • Pupils

    Life at a state boarding school

    England’s state boarding schools have a very special place in our education system. They often have an ‘independent’ ethos and education is free. Boarding fees are typically around a third of the cost of independent boarding schools. 

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