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. 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 41 mainstream members of the BSA State Boarding Forum (SBF), including academies and free schools. 

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SchoolCountyRegionBoarding places
Ashby SchoolLeicestershireEast Midlands66
Beechen Cliff SchoolSomersetSouth West32
Brymore AcademySomersetSouth West123
Burford SchoolOxfordshire South Central97
Colchester Royal Grammar SchoolEssexEast England29
Cranbrook SchoolKentSouth East233
Dallam SchoolCumbriaNorth West128
De Aston SchoolLincolnshireEast Midlands50
Exeter CollegeDevonSouth West16
Exeter Mathematics School DevonSouth West30
Gordon’s SchoolSurreySouth East232
Haberdashers’ AdamsShropshireWest Midlands89
Hockerill Anglo-European College Hertfordshire East England375
Holyport CollegeBerkshireSouth East181
Keswick SchoolCumbriaNorth West50
Lancaster Royal Grammar SchoolLancashireNorth West156
Liverpool CollegeCity of Liverpool BoroughNorth West32
Old Swinford HospitalMetropolitan Borough of DudleyWest Midlands415
Peter Symonds CollegeHampshireSouth Central67
Polham Hall SchoolCounty DurhamNorth East Yorkshire and Humber22
Queen Elizabeth’s SchoolDevonSouth West20
Reading SchoolBerkshireSouth Central76
Richard Huish CollegeSomersetSouth West 74
Ripon Grammar SchoolNorth YorkshireNorth East Yorkshire and Humber84
Royal Alexandra & Albert SchoolSurreySouth East450
Sexey’s SchoolSomersetSouth West165
Shaftesbury SchoolDorsetSouth West92
Sir Roger Manwood’s SchoolKentSouth East55
Skegness Grammar SchoolLincolnshireEast Midlands18
St George’s School, Harpenden Academy Trust HertfordshireEast 118
Steyning Grammar SchoolSussexSouth East123
The Duke of York’s Royal Military SchoolKentSouth East501
The Five Islands SchoolIsles of ScillySouth West17
The Harefield AcademyMiddlesexLondon23
The Priory Academy LSSTLincolnshireEast Midlands42
The Royal Grammar School, High WycombeBuckinghamshire South Central70
The Royal School, WolverhamptonMetropolitan Borough of WolverhamptonWest Midlands108
The Thomas Adams SchoolShropshireWest Midlands60
The Wellington AcademyWiltshireSouth West59
Welbeck – The Defence Sixth Form CollegeLeicestershire East Midlands347
Wymondham CollegeNorfolkEast England570

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