Bulldog Publishing Ltd has been established for more than 20 years, during which time it has worked in association with the Ministry of Defence (MoD), through the Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS), to publish the market-leading Service Parents’ Guide to Boarding Schools.
Due to the success of this Guide, we are proud to launch the BSA Guide to UK Boarding Schools, in partnership with the Boarding Schools Association. This will be published twice a year, in March and September.
We hope you will find the Guide helpful and informative. This is a good place to start if you are embarking on the search for a boarding school for your child. The Guide covers all aspects of boarding education, including funding, selecting a school, academic success, extra-curricular opportunities, schools that specialise in art, music or dance, schools for children with special educational needs and disabilities, and sixth-form choices. You will find information about the range of boarding options – full, weekly, flexible – and the variety of schools – boys only, girls only and co-educational. Each child and each family will be looking for something different in a boarding school and we have aimed to include information on the whole gamut of provision. UK boarding schools lead the world in the quality of education and pastoral care they provide. We hope this Guide provides an excellent start to your search for the right school for your child.
The Boarding Schools’ Association represents around 500 boarding schools in the UK and overseas and provides a wide range of services including professional development, government relations, communications, media, publications, conferences and events. This guide is an important part of BSA’s services and we hope you find it useful and of value.
Sheila White has worked in educational publishing for more than 30 years. She is an editor, writer and project manager. She has written and produced information and educational material for schools, industry and national organisations. Sheila is a member of the Society of Authors and the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.
Editorial Advisory Board
Graham Able has spent 40 years in independent schools, the last 22 as Headmaster of Hampton School and then Master of Dulwich College. After retiring from Dulwich he was appointed Chief Executive of the Alpha Plus Group, stepping down from this role in 2014 since when he has been Group Deputy Chairman. Having previously served on the governing bodies of Roedean and Imperial College, he is currently a governor of Gresham’s School and of Beeston Hall, where he was once a pupil and is now Vice-Chairman. A former chairman of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC), he has advised governing boards on their structure and effectiveness. He enjoys golf, cricket, sailing and contract bridge and he is also a lifelong supporter of Norwich City Football Club.
Adrian Underwood’s career has been in boarding education for over 45 years since 1971 when he was appointed a housemaster and head of department. From 1975 to 1997 he was headmaster of a boarding and day school. In 1998 Adrian became National Director of the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA). He watched over the Association’s development into the world’s major boarding association, pioneering a professional development programme for boarding staff and engaging with the British government on a range of boarding issues including drafting the first set of National Boarding Standards. He was appointed OBE in 2007 for services to education. For 15 years he has been a lead inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate and the Education Development Trust. He now lives on the North Norfolk coast and is an educational consultant. He is a governor of Wymondham College, Chairman of the English-Speaking Union’s USA-UK Secondary Schools’ Exchange, Chairman of Trustees of Heritage House Day Care Centre in Wells-next-the-Sea and a Wells Harbour Commissioner. He enjoys sailing, golf, tennis and training ambulance drivers for Heritage House.
Jenny Dwyer is Headmistress of Sherborne School for Girls. Born in Yorkshire and educated at Bradford Girls’ Grammar School, Jenny graduated from Homerton College, Cambridge, with a degree in mathematics and education. She began her career at Benenden School in Kent teaching mathematics and latterly running a boarding house. She moved to Queen Anne’s School in Caversham as Pastoral Deputy Head and then became Headmistress of Prior’s Field School, a day and boarding school in Godalming, Surrey. Jenny has been on the governing body of a number of independent prep and senior schools and has been a team inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) for about 12 years. She is married with two sons in their 20s. She enjoys sailing, keeping fit and spending time at her house on the Norfolk coast.
Robin Fletcher, Chief Executive of the BSA since 2014, is passionate about good quality modern boarding. A boarder at Rugby School, Robin was a journalist for 20 years editing five regional newspapers, including the national Sunday newspaper for Wales. Between 2001 and 2014 he worked in senior roles, including communications director for Trinity Mirror’s regional newspaper division and communications and performance director of the Aster housing and care group. He also founded a communications and training consultancy, serving over 100 clients. Robin holds an MBA from the University of South Wales and an MPhil from Cardiff University. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and honorary fellow of Cardiff Metropolitan University. During his time as Chief Executive, the BSA has celebrated its golden jubilee, delivered a major ‘I love boarding’ marketing campaign, extended training for boarding staff and published the first ever public commitment to pupil safeguarding and mandatory reporting to UK boarding schools.