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SBSA Survey Results Summary

October 7th, 2014
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State boarding schools across the UK have been praised by parents for offering high academic quality, the chance for children to fulfil their potential and good value according to a new independent survey.

The survey by Research Stories for the State Boarding Schools’ Association (SBSA) contacted over 1,500 parents of boarders in 29 of the UK’s 35 state boarding schools, including Old Swinford Hospital.

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

Survey findings included:

  • 93% of parents said their children were happy boarding
  • 95% of parents said they would recommend their child’s school or boarding to others
  • High academic quality and the chance for children to fulfil their potential are the key drivers for parents
  • Parents also thought state boarding schools offered value for money and helped children go to a good university or find a good job.

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.

Robin Fletcher, National Director of the Boarding Schools’ Association, which represents over 450 UK boarding schools, stated: “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.”

Paul Kilbride, Headmaster of OSH added: “The breadth of educational experience, depth of pastoral care, variety of co-curricular provision and clear value for money are rightly recognised in the survey. We are very encouraged by it.”