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State Boarding Research 2014

State boarding schools across the UK offer high academic quality, the chance for children to fulfil their potential and good value according to a new independent survey.

The independent survey by Research Stories for the State Boarding Schools Association (SBSA), contacted over 1,500 parents of 4,300 boarders at 29 of the UK’s 35 state boarding schools. The survey was carried out between April and June 2014.

Parents surveyed said their children were happy boarding and they would recommend their child’s school and boarding to others.

State schools which took part in the survey ranged from The Harefield Academy in Uxbridge near London, which has 44 boarders, to Wymondham College in Norfolk with 650 boarders, the largest in the UK.

Chair, Paul Spencer Ellis, Headmaster of the Royal Albert and Alexandra School in Reigate, which has over 450 boarders, said the results reflected the ‘breadth, depth and quality’ offered by state boarding schools.

“This survey shows parents recognise boarding offers a fantastic, all-round education for children,” he said.

“State boarding schools offer children from the UK and abroad an incredible breadth, depth and quality of education at great value. It’s clear from the survey that more and more parents see state boarding as a choice that helps their children flourish in the classroom and beyond and I really welcome the findings from this survey.”

Survey findings included:

Robin Fletcher, National Director, of the Boarding Schools’ Association, which represents over 450 UK boarding schools, added: “This survey shows parents increasingly see boarding as the right decision for their children. Children at boarding schools in the UK can get the best of all worlds – great academic quality, the chance to do so many other things and the opportunity to build lasting friendships.”