What provision do state boarding schools make for the needs of children from Service families?


Raymond McGovern, Headmaster of St George’s School If you are reading this article then clearly a boarding education is something you are exploring and that needs careful consideration. Most people assume that boarding education means independent education. It may therefore be something of a surprise to learn that this is not necessarily the case. There […]


Shared values for happy pupils

Mark Dixon, Headmaster of the Royal Alexandra and Albert School Choosing to send a child to boarding school is a difficult decision for many parents. For some families, it is a lifestyle choice, but for Service families, the frequent moves that are a part of everyday life may make it a necessity. One of the […]


An education that remains once school is completed


Irfan Latif, Head Master of Sexey’s School To coin a much-used phrase in classrooms, it is a truth universally acknowledged that state boarding schools have traditionally been the educational choice of many Service families. When searching for a stable, caring and safe environment that provides high-quality education for children, both in and out of the […]


Choosing state boarding

Jonathan Taylor, Executive Principal of Wymondham College State boarding schools are often described as ‘education’s best kept secret’. Certainly I meet many prospective parents who have found the sector almost by chance and who once introduced are impressed by the range of facilities, types of school and examination results across our schools. State boarding is […]


State and independent school partnership with a military connection


Mike Milner, Principal of The Wellington Academy The Wellington Academy was opened in 2009 and was the first sponsored academy in Wiltshire. Its sponsor, Wellington College, is one of the country’s leading independent boarding schools and the first to give its name to an academy. From the outset, boarding was seen as an essential part […]


Sixth-form boarding in an Academy


Chris Liston, Head of Boarding at The Priory Academy LSST The Priory Academy LSST opened a new sixth-form boarding house in 2012. The House’s first Ofsted inspection in November 2014 awarded an Outstanding rating in every category – overall effectiveness; outcomes for boarders; quality of boarding provision and care; boarders’ safety; and leadership and management […]


State boarding schools

State Boarding

If you are considering boarding, a state boarding school may be an option. As always, it is important to do your research and above all, see the school in action before you make any choice. State boarding schools provide free education but charge fees for boarding. Some state boarding schools are run by local councils […]


What can financial and educational organisations learn from each other?


Nick Wergan, Headteacher of Steyning Grammar School At first glance there seems to be little similarity between the worlds of finance and school leadership. They might both be about investment – the first more literal and the second more holistic – but if we put aside the obvious difference in purpose and outcome, there is […]


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