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  

School County Region Boarding places
Beechen Cliff School Somerset South West 32
Brymore Academy Somerset South West 127
Burford School Oxfordshire South Central 104
Colchester Royal Grammar School Essex East England 30
Cranbrook School Kent South East 237
Dallam School Cumbria North West 139
Exeter College Devon south West 72
Gordon’s School Surrey South East 262
Haberdashers' Adams Shropshire West Midlands 97
Hockerill Anglo-European College Hertfordshire East England 280
Holyport College Berkshire South East 202
Keswick School Cumbria North West 53
Lancaster Royal Grammar School Lancashire North West 180
Liverpool College City of Liverpool Borough North West 21
Old Swinford Hospital Metropolitan Borough of Dudley West Midlands 333
Peter Symonds College Hampshire South Central 79
Reading School Berkshire South Central 80
Richard Huish College Somerset South West 57
Ripon Grammar School North Yorkshire North East Yorkshire and Humber 100
Royal Alexandra & Albert School Surrey South East 506
Sexey’s School Somerset South West 118
Shaftesbury School Dorset South West 68
St George’s School, Harpenden Academy Trust Hertfordshire East England 120
Steyning Grammar School Sussex South East 127
The Duke of York’s Royal Military School Kent South East 493
The Royal Grammar School, high Wycombe Buckinghamshire South Central 70
The Royal School, Wolverhampton Metropolitan Borough of Wolverhampton West Midlands 81
The Thomas Adams School Shropshire West Midlands 60
The Wellington Academy Wiltshire South West 100
Wymondham College Norfolk East England 650
Wymondham College Prep School Norfolk East England 32

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