State boarding schools


boarding schools

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 £12,000 and £15,000 per year for their children to board. In England there are 40 mainstream members of the BSA State Boarding Forum (SBF), including academies and free schools. 

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SchoolCountyRegionBoarding places
Ashby SchoolLeicestershireEast Midlands75
Beechen Cliff SchoolBathSouth West36
Brymore AcademySomersetSouth West150
Burford SchoolOxfordshire South Central95
Colchester Royal Grammar SchoolEssexEast England30
Cranbrook SchoolKentSouth East260
Dallam SchoolCumbriaNorth West127
De Aston SchoolLincolnshireEast Midlands80
Exeter Mathematics School DevonSouth West32
Gordon’s SchoolSurreySouth East240
Haberdashers’ AdamsBorough of Telford and WrekinWest Midlands100
Hockerill Anglo-European College Hertfordshire East England307
Holyport CollegeBerkshireSouth East220
Keswick SchoolCumbriaNorth West53
Lancaster Royal GrammarLancashireNorth West180
Liverpool CollegeCity of Liverpool BoroughNorth West30
Old Swinford HospitalMetropolitan Borough of DudleyWest Midlands500
Peter Symonds CollegeHampshireSouth Central74
Polham Hall SchoolCounty DurhamNorth East Yorkshire and Humber60
Queen Elizabeth’s Academy TrustDevonSouth West55
Reading SchoolBerkshireSouth Central83
Richard HuishSomersetSouth West 52
Ripon Grammar SchoolNorth YorkshireNorth East Yorkshire and Humber95
Royal Alexandra & Albert SchoolSurreySouth East507
Royal School, WolverhamptonMetropolitan Borough of WolverhamptonWest Midlands110
Sexey’s SchoolSomersetSouth West330
Shaftesbury SchoolDorsetSouth West104
Sir Roger Manwood’s SchoolKentSouth East55
Skegness Grammar SchoolLincolnshireEast Midlands55
St George’s School, Harpenden Academy Trust HertfordshireEast 130
Steyning Grammar SchoolWest SussexSouth East125
The Duke of York’s Royal Military SchoolKentSouth East722
The Five Islands SchoolIsles of ScillySouth West32
The Harefield AcademyBorough of HillingdonLondon48
The Priory Academy LSSTLincolnshireEast Midlands60
The Royal Grammar SchoolBuckinghamshire South Central78
The Thomas Adams SchoolShropshireWest Midlands60
The Wellington AcademyWiltshireSouth West100
Welbeck – The Defence Sixth Form CollegeLeicestershire East Midlands375
Wymondham CollegeNorfolkEast England641

Information from the Sate Boarding Forum, May 2016

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