• Boarding School Selection

    How have we selected the Boarding Schools featured on the site?

    There are over 1,000 Boarding schools in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Most have a specific focus on pupils that have English as a first language, already live in the UK and are familiar with the UK education system and British culture.

    We have therefore  pre-selected schools against the following criteria that reflect a significant focus on international students and an international approach to education & culture.

    – Offer full time Boarding options.

    – All offer a full range of dietary options for Boarding pupils: halal, kosher, vegetarian and vegan

    – Clearly offer a structured support programme to teach English as a second language, and offer an EAL (English as an additional language) department and/or have an International study centre.


    To allow for reasonable fee comparison, we have focused on published, annual fees for senior school years, with a focus on Years 10-11, GCSE years, unless otherwise stated.

    Please note, whilst we have made every reasonable effort to make the fees fair and comparable, some schools do ask for additional payment for  ‘extras’ such as; music, sports tuition and  1:1 English language instruction, therefore, please do bear this in mind when you are put in contact with specific schools and ask for a complete breakdown of ‘reasonable’ costs that you might be expected to incur in an academic year.



    BAISISWe have also highlighted schools that are members of BAISIS on our site. BAISIS is the British Association of Independent Schools with International Students.

    Why are we particularly featuring BAISIS schools?

    Our site aim is to offer clear and objective information for international parents and prospective students about the UK education market. To support this aim we also highlight those organisations that champion quality standards within UK education.

    BAISIS is a not-for-profit organisation that exists to promote best practice in academic and pastoral provision for international students. It has a long term aim to introduce a quality standard for schools in the UK so parents can be assured that schools with this quality standard will offer the very best, consistent support for their children while they are studying in the UK.



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