18 May 2017Ever considered a State Boarding School?

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Forces families are encouraged to consider state boarding schools when choosing a boarding school. The difference? The government pays for the education and you pay for the boarding.

Many are surprised to find that, in fact, state boarding schools could easily be mistaken for independent schools. Boarding facilities are comfortable and homely, sports and academic facilities are top class and many state schools top national league tables. With so much going for them, state boarding schools are an attractive and realistic option for families.

The Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) provided to qualifying MOD families. The MOD would expect you to pay 10% of charges so, for a state boarding school charging £4,000 per term, your contribution would be £400 per term.

Some Forces families receive further assistance in the form of Childcare Vouchers and these can be put towards the 10% parental contribution

State boarding

Choosing a boarding school can be a daunting experience for any parent. A state boarding school is one where you pay for boarding and the education is free. The government pays for the education as it would at any other state school in England. This means you would be paying around £4,000 a term for full boarding.

Excellent results

Each year, state boarding schools regularly out-perform other state schools with many topping academic league tables around the country. The combination of the excellent state-funded education and a stable boarding community enables pupils to make the most of their talents and abilities.

The best of boarding care

State boarding school facilities, pastoral care and the quality of teaching is frequently judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Most schools are 11-18 schools, though some offer boarding at primary level. Most schools are mixed, but there are a small number of girls' schools or boys' schools. Some schools are selective.


Admission to state boarding schools in the UK is limited to children who are nationals of the UK and are eligible to hold a full UK passport, or those who are nationals of other European Union countries or those who have the right of residence in the UK. Please note that the holding of a BN(O) passport does not make the child eligible for a state boarding school in the UK.

Source and imagery: stateboarding.org.uk

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