10 of the best value boarding schools in the UK


Founded by Royal Charter in 1541 by Henry VIII, it is one of the oldest schools in the United Kingdom. It is currently home to 400 boys and girls aged seven to 18, including 178 full boarders.

In the last three years at A level, 47% of scores were A * / A and 91% of A to C scores. Over the same period, 46% of GCSE scores were A * / A scores.

Rugby is the number one sport here, along with football, netball, cricket, and hockey, according to the Good Schools Guide.

In addition, there is a lively music and theater department. Destinations after the sixth form included the universities of Cardiff, Exeter, Bath, Swansea, Liverpool and Reading.

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Campbell College, Antrim

Annual fee for full board: £ 15,960

Occupying a 100-acre estate in Belfast near the Parliament Buildings in Stormont, the grounds of Campbell College are home to a small lake and a forest named Netherleigh.

There are approximately 1,200 students (ages 3-18), of which approximately 150 are boarders, some of whom are members of the Combined Cadet Force.

In 2019, 84% of all A-level grades awarded were at A * -C level and 83% achieved 5 A * -C or higher on the GCSE.

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The school has a strong rugby record, having won the Ulster Schools Cup 24 times. About half of the students who leave school attend Russell Group universities, with Queen’s University Belfast being the most popular, followed by Ulster University.

Queen Mary School, Thirsk

Annual fee for full board: £ 27,465

A total of 200 pupils aged 2 to 16 attend this Yorkshire school. In 2021, almost 40% of GCSE applications obtained the most outstanding marks of 8 to 9, the equivalent of an A * or A **.

Despite its small size, the school offers a wide range of subjects, including German, Spanish, French, Latin, classical civilization, physical education and complementary mathematics. Classes are small, with an average of ten students and a maximum of 16.

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Unusually, the school has its own equestrian center – its students won the 2016 National Schools Show Jumping Championship. The students also compete regionally in netball, tennis, round balls and track and field. The music department is also strong: one student made it to the final of the TBEN’s Chorus-of-the-Year competition.

Mount Kelly, Devon

Annual fee for full board: £ 32,970