The boarding adventure of a lifetime

Boarding Adventure

Robin Fletcher, Chief Executive, Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) While boarding may not be right for every child, it’s clearly the right choice for the 75,000 boarders at over 450 independent and state boarding schools in the UK. Otherwise they would not be there. The average size of a town in the UK is 20,000 people. […]


Fees – finding them

Boarding Fees

Andrew Ashton, Bursar of Radley College All boarding schools charge fees, but these vary depending on the type of school and boarding requirements. Here are some typical costs (per term) for 2017 (ISC Census, 2017). In state boarding schools, tuition is paid for by the state. Extras can add considerably to the bill (perhaps up […]


Fees – where do they go?

School Bills

Andrew Ashton, Bursar of Radley College Parents contemplating school bills have often found them difficult to fathom. Increases in school fees have several causes. First, there are the inevitable salaries and employee benefits for academic and administrative staff. Second, and most recently, national insurance increases and employer teachers’ pension increases have added significantly to costs. Schools […]


Education in Scotland


The Scottish school system is based on a  3–18 curriculum: Nursery age 3 years–5 years Primary age 5 years–12 years Secondary age 12 years–18 years Key features of the Scottish system Learners are entitled to a range of features at the different stages of learning. The entitlements are: a coherent curriculum from ages 3 to […]


A shared life under a common roof

Tony Little, former Head Master of Eton and Honorary President, Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA), 2015–16 As Robert Frost pointed out a century ago, there are times in life to pursue the road not taken. The analogy was apt for me in 2015, as one path I had walked for many years came to an end, and […]


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