State boarding schools


by BSA State Boarding Forum (SBF), including academies and free schools
State Boarding school

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 £10,000 and £17,000 per year for their children to board, with an average of £12,000 per year. In England there are 40 mainstream members of the BSA State Boarding Forum (SBF), including academies and free schools. For more information on state boarding schools go to  

SchoolCountyRegionBoarding places
Ashby SchoolLeicestershireEast Midlands30
Beechen Cliff SchoolSomersetSouth West42
Brymore AcademySomersetSouth West123
Burford SchoolOxfordshireSouth Central99
Colchester Royal Grammar SchoolEssexEast England28
Cranbrook SchoolKentSouth East236
Dallam SchoolCumbriaNorth West121
De Aston SchoolLincolnshireEast Midlands57
Exeter CollegeDevonSouth West100
Five Islands SchoolIsles of ScillySouth West17
Gordon’s SchoolSurreySouth East247
Haberdashers’ AdamsShropshireWest Midlands100
Hockerill Ango-European CollegeHertfordshireEast England290
Holyport CollegeBerkshireSouth East202
Keswick SchoolCumbriaNorth West53
Lancaster Royal Grammar SchoolLancashireNorth West155
Liverpool CollegeCity of Liverpool BoroughNorth West34
Old Swinford HospitalMetropolitan Borough of DudleyWest Midlands244
Peter Symonds CollegeHampshireSouth Central71
Polham Hall SchoolCounty DurhamNorth East Yorkshire and Humber15
Reading SchoolBerkshireSouth Central77
Richard Huish CollegeSomersetSouth West54
Ripon Grammar SchoolNorth YorkshireNorth East Yorkshire and Humber80
Royal Alexandra and Albert SchoolSurreySouth East477
Sexey's SchoolSomersetSouth West119
Shaftesbury SchoolDorsetSouth West97
Sir Roger Manwood’s SchoolKentSouth East54
Skegness Grammar SchoolLincolnshireEast Midlands17
St George’s School, Harpenden Academy TrustHertfordshireEast England112
Steyning Grammar SchoolSussexSouth East125
The Duke of York’s Royal Military SchoolKentSouth East490
The Harefield AcademyMiddlesexLondon14
The National Mathematics and Science CollegeCoventryWest Midlands50
The Priory Academy LSSTLincolnshireEast Midlands41
The Royal Grammar School, High WycombeBuckinghamshireSouth Central69
The Royal School, WolverhamptonMetropolitan Borough of WolverhamptonWest Midlands100
The Thomas Adams SchoolShropshireWest Midlands44
The Wellington AcademyWiltshireSouth West51
Welbeck – The Defence Sixth Form CollegeLeicestershireEast Midlands316
Wymondham CollegeNorfolkEast England630

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