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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. 

Update: 17/08/2020

Applications from BN(O) status holders and their dependents will need to be completed as part of a family unit, as such a dependant will not be able to independently attend a UK boarding school (i.e. lawfully under the immigration rules) without the BN(O) citizen taking up the new immigration route on offer to BN(O)s and their dependants.

Essentially, there will be no change in process for BN(O)s who wish to send their children to school in the UK while they remain in Hong Kong; they will still need to do so on the basis of a Tier 4 visa.

The Government set out its plans for the future points-based immigration system in, ‘The UK's points-based immigration system’, in February 2020 and provided further details in its policy statement, ‘UK points-based immigration system