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The boarding school experience is a highly personal one, so weve based our choices on the schools that best meet our standards. We created this list after extensive research into exactly what boarding school students look for when they apply, to make sure every prospective parent would be happy to send their child to any one of these schools.

BEST BOARDING SCHOOL FOR SCHOOL MEALS

Theres a lot more pressure for meals to be good when children are at school for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. From expert chefs to exciting themed cuisine nights, all the boarding schools below have delicious food on the menu 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Uppingham School

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A co-educational boarding school in Leicestershire, Uppingham School caught our attention due to their determination to avoid repetitive school meals and encourage their students to constantly try new cuisines. They also shop for all their food locally, in order to keep their carbon footprint to a minimum.

Runners up
  • Stover School Devon
  • Ashville College Harrogate
  • Queen Margarets School York

BEST BOARDING SCHOOL FOR ACCOMMODATION

When students arent in lessons they need a place to relax. Whether that means a comfy bed or a quiet place to do homework productively, the schools that have won this award provide the very best for their full-time boarders. You wont find any dingy boarding houses or drafty bedrooms in these UK boarding schools.

Westonbirt School Gloucestershire

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An independent secondary school for girls, Westonbirt School is a country house estate which boasts 220 acres of land. Its boarding houses seem to be fit for queens, with their ornate architecture and beautiful views.

Runners up
  • Roedean School Brighton
  • Christ Church Cathedral School Oxford
  • Epsom College

BEST BOARDING SCHOOL FOR STUDENT WELLBEING

Since boarding school students stay on after lesson time, they need to be surrounded by people who will support them in every aspect of their life. From having someone there to help them with homework, to getting the right attention when they are unwell, students deserve the very best at their boarding school.
The following recipients of this award have exceeded our expectations when it comes to student wellbeing.

Hanford School Dorset

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Hanford School is an all girls, preparatory boarding school. Their focus on student wellbeing has left us speechless- not only do they celebrate every girls birthday; they have countless clubs and societies for their students to enjoy, as well as school pets and awards for good table manners.

Runners up
  • Wellington College Berkshire
  • The Elms School Worcestershire
  • Stonar School Wiltshire

BEST BOARDING SCHOOL FOR PARENT CONTACT

All parents must to be kept in the loop throughout the academic year in order to feel close to their children. Whether its through weekly letter writing, skype calls or personal emails from the headteacher, all these schools make an extra effort to maintain good relationships with parents.

Oundle School Northamptonshire

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A co-educational boarding school that is well connected to the capital, Oundle School has a lot of international students and prioritises a good relationship with overseas parents. Their Wi-Fi zone throughout school is ideal, where students can call parents in multiple time zones.

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  • Wellesley House Kent
  • Horris Hill School Berkshire
  • Sevenoaks School Kent

BEST BOARDING SCHOOL FOR STUDENT FACILITIES

The best independent boarding schools in the UK always have outstanding facilities, which is what makes them so appealing to parents and students. Some of our favourites have regular horse-riding sessions for their students, as well as aquatic and outdoor sports such as canoing and rock-climbing.
Every school here offers something a bit different, so check them out if youre looking for an exciting place for your child to study.

Sherfield School North Hampshire

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Sherfield School is a co-educational boarding school with the very best facilities. From their Outdoor Education Programme to their art gallery and sports centres, their students are spoilt for choice!

Runners up
  • Rugby School
  • Badminton School Bristol

BEST BOARDING SCHOOL FOR UNIVERSITY PREPARATION

Parents want to be sure that their child is well-prepared for university. UCAS forms, university choices, interviews and admissions tests can all take up a lot of time, but all these schools have proved that they can handle the pressure when it comes to their students.

Woldingham School Caterham

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Woldingham School is an all-girls secondary school that knows what its doing when it comes to getting students into the best universities. Every year they have many successful Oxbridge and Russell Group applicants, providing girls with all the skills they need to make a smooth transition to university.

Runners up
  • St Michaels School Llanelli
  • Truro High School Cornwall
  • Farlington School Horsham

BEST BOARDING SCHOOL FOR STUDENT INDEPENDENCE

Many students worry about losing their independence when they head to boarding school. Strict rules, matrons and a heavily timetabled day can be very intimidating, and often pupils will feel like they are always being watched.
The following award winners have shown that they can maintain a healthy balance between their students safety and independence, allowing them regular outings and free time, with increased privileges as they get older.

Windermere School Cumbria

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Windermere School is a boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 3-18. As their students grow up, they are given additional freedom in the form of free weekends and regular school trips in the UK and internationally. It is also possible to half-board, so students do not feel limited to the school premises.

Runners up
  • Heathfield School Ascot
  • Bryanston School Dorset
  • Bradfield College Reading

BEST BOARDING SCHOOL FOR LEARNING SUPPORT

When children have learning difficulties or special educational needs, parents are often nervous to send them away to boarding school for fear that their requirements will be overlooked. Thanks to their amazing learning support facilities, these boarding schools have made a lasting impression on us.

Seaford College Petworth

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Seaford College is a co-educational boarding school that caters to specific educational needs. As it is non-selective, it has all the resources needed to take on children who have special needs such as dyslexia and ADHD.

Runners up
  • Slindon College Arundel
  • Bruern Abbey School Chesterton
  • Northease Manor School Lewes

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