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UK boarding schools offer you an outstanding education, helping you to develop your skills and progress to university. All UK boarding schools have to meet strict UK government standards on the quality of their teaching, facilities and student care.

Most UK boarding schools teach a mix of international pupils and local UK pupils. ‘Boarders’ are pupils who live at the school. ‘Day pupils’ live with their families and return home at the end of the school day. This mix helps to create a good social atmosphere. These boarding schools are co-educational, teaching both boys and girls (classes are mixed, but accommodation is separate). There are many single-sex schools too.

Why choose a UK boarding school?

  • Gain a world-class education and prepare for university: UK qualifications are recognised and respected by universities worldwideUK boarding schools offer you excellent teaching, facilities and support. UK education is all about giving you the inspiration to help you develop your skills and knowledge, the freedom to be creative and the support to help you achieve your best.
  • Prepare for your dream career: Studying at a UK boarding school is a great grounding for your chosen career. By living in the UK and making friends with students from all around the world, you will get the opportunity to perfect your English language skills and gain a unique understanding of other cultures – excellent preparation for living or working internationally.
  • Perfect your language skills: With small class sizes and expert tutors, you can expect to progress very quickly… perhaps even with a UK accent!  You should find that your skills improve naturally when you start your classes!
  • Have a unique cultural adventure: Studying in the UK is an opportunity to make new friends from all around the world and discover the UK’s beautiful countryside and cities on excursions with your teachers and classmates. You might be surprised at how important music, drama, art, public speaking, societies and sport are to UK boarding schools. 
  • Join an international community: UK boarding schools welcome students of all faiths, nationalities and cultures. By living and learning in this international environment, you will gain essential skills in understanding other cultures.
  • Quality assured: To teach and accommodate pupils, UK boarding schools must meet strict quality standards set by the UK government and other education bodies. These standards cover the quality of teaching, accommodation, pupil welfare, facilities and more. 

Costs and scholarships


Before you apply, think carefully about the costs and how you will finance your studies. Each school sets its own fees.

For independent schools, you need to pay for tuition and boarding (if you will be a boarding pupil). The average fee for younger pupils is just over £6,000 per term. For sixth form, it may be more than £9,000. For state schools, tuition is free of charge, but you need to pay for boarding. Fees are about half of those in the independent sector, ranging from £2,000 to £4,000 per term.

Boarding fees generally cover accommodation, food and drink, laundry, etc. You may, however, need to pay extra for uniforms, books, and for trips and excursions outside of the school. Ask the school what their fees cover, and what you will need to pay for yourself.

Other costs to think about are:

  • Travel to the UK
  • Health and travel insurance
  • Pocket money for snacks, magazines, trips to the cinema, etc.

Can I get a scholarship or bursary?

Many pupils at UK boarding schools study on a scholarship or bursary. A scholarship is a fee reduction given for excellence in a particular activity, such as academic work or music. A bursary is financial support for pupils who cannot afford the fees.

Competition for scholarships, bursaries and funding can be strong, but it is worth finding out what is available – ask the schools you're interested in what they can offer.

Admission requirements

Each college sets its own admission requirements. To enter the 'sixth form' (sixth year, 2 Optional years of the secondary stage for students aged 16 to 18), most schools determine minimum qualifications for tests that are offered at the secondary stage (such as the GCSEs and IGCSEs), especially for the subjects that you want to continue studying.

  • Some schools may wish to have an interview with students and their parents. The interviews are not intimidating, they tend to be very cordial. It's your opportunity to make all the questions and for the personal of the school is the occasion to know what you are looking for.
  • Many schools perform tests of income. Some schools perform exams as a way of selecting students with better academic conditions. Other schools don't selected them students according to the results of a test, but it used for identify the support academic that they require. Do not worry about the tests. There are many different schools that adapt to all the capacities and talents.
  • As regards the knowledge of English, schools receive students with different levels, but some may recommend you to take a course in English before or when you have already registered, to be sure that you will understand the classes.


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