Boarding schools in the UK

Every year thousands of international pupils attend more than 500 UK boarding schools. They come to experience top quality teaching and the outstanding facilities, with small class sizes and extra-curricular learning.

For many pupils, it’s the adventure of a lifetime and an exceptional learning experience that gives them a head start in their adult life. 

What is a boarding school? 

A boarding school is a residential school, where most or all pupils live and study during the school term. The school provides accommodation for pupils, usually on the school grounds, and they attend the school for lessons during the day.

Most or all of the pupils will be boarders; some schools also accept day pupils who return home at the end of the school day.

In the UK there are two main types of boarding school: state and maintained.

Admission to state boarding schools is limited to children who are nationals of the UK and are eligible to hold a full UK passport, to nationals of other European Union countries and those who have the right of residence in the UK.

Teaching is excellent and so is the pastoral care. You pay the cost of boarding and extra-curricular activities, while the state pays the education costs.

Independent boarding schools (also known in the UK as public schools, and referred to as private schools in other countries) provide excellent teaching, fantastic facilities and an exceptional learning experience for their pupils.

Many schools offer the option of attending as a day pupil. The age range of pupils ranges from seven to 18 years old. Some schools cover the whole age range, others specialise in a smaller age range such as seven to 13, or 11 to 18.