State boarding schools


State 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. Schools provide free education but charge fees for boarding. Some 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 40 mainstream members of the BSA State Boarding Forum (SBF), including academies and free schools.

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SchoolCountyRegionBoarding places
Beechen Cliff SchoolSomersetSouth West24
Brymore AcademySomersetSouth West150
Burford SchoolOxfordshire South Central100
Colchester Royal Grammar SchoolEssexEast England30
Cranbrook SchoolKentSouth East260
Dallam SchoolCumbriaNorth West128
Exeter CollegeDevonSouth West78
Gordon’s SchoolSurreySouth East266
Haberdashers’ AdamsShropshireWest Midlands100
Hockerill Anglo-European College Hertfordshire East England300
Holyport CollegeBerkshireSouth East225
Keswick SchoolCumbriaNorth West53
Lancaster Royal Grammar SchoolLancashireNorth West177
Liverpool CollegeCity of Liverpool BoroughNorth West21
Old Swinford HospitalMetropolitan Borough of DudleyWest Midlands358
Peter Symonds CollegeHampshireSouth Central78
Reading SchoolBerkshireSouth Central80
Richard Huish CollegeSomersetSouth West 52
Ripon Grammar SchoolNorth YorkshireNorth East Yorkshire and Humber105
Royal Alexandra & Albert SchoolSurreySouth East500
Sexey’s SchoolSomersetSouth West198
Shaftesbury SchoolDorsetSouth West108
Skegness Grammar SchoolLincolnshireEast Midlands55
St George’s School, Harpenden Academy Trust HertfordshireEast 120
Steyning Grammar SchoolSussexSouth East120
The Duke of York’s Royal Military SchoolKentSouth East500
The Royal Grammar School, High WycombeBuckinghamshireSouth Central70
The Priory Academy LSSTLincolnshireEast Midlands41
The Royal School, WolverhamptonMetropolitan Borough of WolverhamptonWest Midlands110
The Thomas Adams School ShropshireShropshireWest Midlands64
The Wellington AcademyWiltshireSouth West100
Wymondham CollegeNorfolkEast England650

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