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?

    The state boarding system is unique in that you only pay for the boarding element of school life with the only criteria being that you must be eligible for a British state-funded education. Boarding in a state boarding school is...

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  • Shared

    Shared values for happy pupils

    One of the biggest concerns for parents when considering any school for their child is whether the child will be happy. Clearly, the academic side of school is important, but it is a well-known fact that happy children learn. An...

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  • The benefits of state boarding

    Added value On academic performance, the 2017 Sunday Times Parent Power tables listed ten state boarding schools among the 150 highest achieving state schools based on combined GCSE and A-level results. Boarding has been shown to add value as measured...

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  • Choosing

    Choosing state boarding

    State boarding schools vary considerably by size and location but they all share a strong commitment to the value of boarding and provide excellent facilities and systems of care. In total around 5,000 pupils enjoy boarding in a diverse, varied...

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  • Sixth-form

    Sixth-form boarding

    Diversity is a strength Most boarding schools have boarders from a wide range of countries or heritage backgrounds and therefore cultures. This diversity is such a strength – it means boarders learn from a young age how to live in...

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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. State boarding schools provide free...

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  • financial

    What can financial and educational organisations learn from each other?

    Successful teams in industry set clear goals, monitor progress and intervene to ensure the project is delivered. In schools we also need to do precisely this – set out our a clear vision for success for all our pupils, use...

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  • Pupils

    Life at a state boarding school

    State boarding schools come in all shapes and sizes, from non-selective schools in rural settings to grammar schools in towns and small cities. A few are single-sex while others are co-educational.  Several are very ancient – Lancaster Royal Grammar School...

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