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 34 mainstream members of the BSA State Boarding Forum (SBF) and 31 are listed here, including academies and free schools. For more information on state boarding schools go to  

SchoolCountyRegionBoarding places
Beechen Cliff SchoolSomersetSouth West32
Brymore AcademySomersetSouth West127
Burford School Oxfordshire South Central104
Colchester Royal Grammar SchoolEssexEast England30
Cranbrook SchoolKentSouth East237
Dallam SchoolCumbriaNorth West139
Exeter CollegeDevonsouth West72
Gordon’s SchoolSurreySouth East262
Haberdashers' AdamsShropshireWest Midlands97
Hockerill Anglo-European College Hertfordshire East England280
Holyport CollegeBerkshireSouth East202
Keswick SchoolCumbriaNorth West53
Lancaster Royal Grammar SchoolLancashireNorth West180
Liverpool CollegeCity of Liverpool BoroughNorth West21
Old Swinford HospitalMetropolitan Borough of DudleyWest Midlands333
Peter Symonds CollegeHampshireSouth Central79
Reading SchoolBerkshireSouth Central80
Richard Huish CollegeSomersetSouth West57
Ripon Grammar SchoolNorth YorkshireNorth East Yorkshire and Humber100
Royal Alexandra & Albert SchoolSurreySouth East506
Sexey’s SchoolSomersetSouth West118
Shaftesbury SchoolDorsetSouth West68
St George’s School, Harpenden Academy TrustHertfordshireEast England120
Steyning Grammar SchoolSussexSouth East127
The Duke of York’s Royal Military SchoolKentSouth East493
The Royal Grammar School, high WycombeBuckinghamshire South Central70
The Royal School, WolverhamptonMetropolitan Borough of WolverhamptonWest Midlands81
The Thomas Adams SchoolShropshireWest Midlands60
The Wellington AcademyWiltshireSouth West100
Wymondham CollegeNorfolkEast England650
Wymondham College Prep SchoolNorfolkEast England32

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