Frequently Asked Questions
WHO CAN BE A BOARDER AT YOUR SCHOOL?
State boarding schools welcome children from all backgrounds. We can admit UK pupils, children from outside the UK need to have right to residence in the UK before they can be accepted as boarders.
WHAT IS A STATE BOARDING SCHOOL?
Boarding fees are low because whilst they cover the cost of providing the boarding place, the school, like every state school in England does not charge for education.
HOW MUCH WILL BOARDING COST ME?
This varies from full time and weekly boarding, and will change yearly.
WHEN SHOULD I APPLY?
For September admissions, you are best to start applying from the previous September. We advise you come and visit the school, there is an initial discussion for the parents with the Principal followed by the child’s suitability assessment with the Head of Boarding and Dean of their year group.
DO I HAVE TO LIVE IN a CATCHMENT AREA?
No, for boarders there is no catchment area.
IF MY CHILD BECOMES A BOARDER, WILL THEY BE GONE FOR MONTHS ON END?
No, we provide weekly boarders, with boarders going home for weekends if that is what families prefer, in addition to the half terms and holidays.
WHO CAN APPLY FOR A STATE BOARDING PLACE?
- A citizen of the UK
- A British passport holder who may live abroad
- A student with a ‘Right of Residence’ in Britain e.g. if they have a parent with right of residence here work purposes.