Boarding Schools

Looking for boarding schools in the UK but not sure how to decide?

Berkeley Guardians works closely with many of the country’s leading boarding schools. This includes independent co educational day and boarding schools, for 3 – 18 year olds and both in the co-ed and the single sex environment.

We have developed excellent connections, built up strong relationships and respect and also used the experience of our highly professional team who have worked in some of these schools in a variety of roles from teachers through to middle and senior management.

We are able to support parents in finding a school to suit their child(children) and as such have developed these connections with schools in both the education consultancy and the guardianship roles. It is vital that the two parties work closely and have a strong respect for one another to ensure the excellent and high standards of care for those in their care

Badminton School is an independent, boarding and day school for girls aged 4 to 18 years situated in Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol. 

Badminton offers a holistic approach to education; to put it simply, we encourage our girls to get “hands on” with their subjects, ask questions and really get stuck in. Above all, learning is fun at Badminton and this, coupled with our homely community and excellent pastoral care, leaves no scope for anonymity.

Key features
  • Music, art and drama options available
  • Trips and excursions throughout the year 
  • Girls aged 4 to 18

Independent School in Clifton, Bristol.

Clifton is a school that encourages a lust for life and all that it offers. We are housed in some splendid grand buildings but everything about the education we offer is modern.

Clifton College is co-educational throughout and welcomes pupils from all over the world. They offer the finest all-round education based on the highest academic standards. 

Key features
  • Academic excellence, myriad opportunities and state of the art facilities
  • Pupils aged 3-18
  • Day, flexi and full boarding places

Independent School near Bath. 

Downside, as a leading Catholic school, maintains an ethos that is just as strong today as it was when the School was founded in 1606. 

Life rewards those that defy the norm. Downside has strong academic results partly because it eschews the mainstream – beyond expectation and miles from the ordinary.

Key features
  • Excellent Sports facilities
  • Pupils aged 11-18

Harrogate Ladies’ College is a vibrant, stimulating and diverse independent school.

As a leading independent girls senior school, HLC believe in the benefits of a girls only education. They understand girls and the way they learn and are able to adapt our teaching methods to suit their needs. They believe that this in turn enables our girls to learn more effectively and ultimately to achieve better results.

Key features
  • Full reports and parents evenings twice a year 
  • Girls aged 11 to 18

Kent Collage is a school deeply rooted in the Christian Methodist tradition that welcomes all pupils of every faith and none, and celebrates diversity in all aspects of our school life. ‘

Do all the good you can’ is a guiding principle, and one that allows pupils to grow and develop into confident young adults, aware of their responsibilities and their place in the world.

Key features
  • Co-educational full boarding and day school
  • Pupils aged 3-16

Malvern College is an independent coeducational day and boarding school in Malvern,
Worcestershire, England.

Founded in 1865, Malvern is set in a beautiful 250-acre campus, which offers first-class facilities
to its pupils. One of the UK’s leading independent schools, Malvern College has offered the
International Baccalaureate as an alternative academic qualification to A levels since 1992, with
equal numbers of pupils now taking A levels and the IB in the Sixth Form. 

Key features
  • Co-educational full boarding and day school
  • Pupils aged 13-18
  • International Baccalaureate available

Malvern St James is an independent school for girls aged 4-18 in Great Malvern, Worcestershire, England.

Founded in 1893 as Malvern Girls’ College. It was renamed Malvern St James following a merger in 2006 with St James’ School in West Malvern. 

It offers exceptional academic, sport, music, drama and equestrian provision. Flexi, weekly or full boarding is available.

Key features
  • Girls aged 4-18
  • Founded in 1893
  • Flexi, weekly and full boarding available

Oakham School is a public school in Oakham, Rutland, England. The school was founded in
1584 by Archdeacon Robert Johnson, along with Uppingham School, a few miles away. They
share a common badge design, but while Uppingham’s colours tend towards blue and white,
Oakham’s are black and red.

A fully co-educational boarding and day school for 10-18 year olds, offering the IB Diploma
and A-levels, located in the heart of rural England.

Key features
  • Pupils aged 10-18
  • Located in a rural area
  • IB Diploma and A-levels

Pangbourne College is a co-educational independent day and boarding school located in the civil
parish of Pangbourne, in the English county of Berkshire. It is set in 230 acres, on a hill south-
west of the village, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Pangbourne College is an independent, co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged
11-18. Providing a challenging academic curriculum, we also offer plenty of co-curricular opportunities for sport, art, music, drama and adventurous training, so that each individual fulfils their potential and develops confidence, values and skills to make a positive difference to the world.

Key features
  • Pupils aged 11-18
  • Challenging Academic Curriculum
  • Focus on developing confidence and valuable skills

Plymouth College is a co-educational independent school in Plymouth, Devon. It welcomes pupils aged 3-18. 

Plymouth College is based in the maritime city of Plymouth with the moorland, countryside and
coastal landscapes of Devon and Cornwall close to hand

Key features
  • Pupils aged 3-18
  • Maritime location
  • Empowering pupils to explore their strengths 

Queenswood School is a girls-only independent school located near Hatfield, Hertfordshire, twenty miles from London.

It offers admission at ages 11, 13 or 16. The Good Schools Guide 2013 described Queenswood as “a girls’ school to which others should aspire.”

Key features
  • Boarding and day school
  • Admissions at ages 11,13 or 16

Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate incorporates four boarding and day schools for girls and boys
from 3 months to 19 years old. Located in Thorpe Underwood, close to York
and Harrogate, England. It is a member of the Independent Schools Association.

Queen Ethelburga’s has provided students with a vibrant and supportive school community since 1912. QE is an Excellent rated Collegiate (ISI 2019). QE allows for a high level of personalised care and guidance for all students, and an innovative curriculum model to suit each individual. 

Key features
  • Boarding and day school
  • Founded in 1912
  • Personalised care and guidance

Queen Mary’s School is an independent day and boarding school for girls in Baldersby Park near
Topcliffe, between Ripon and Thirsk in North Yorkshire, England.

Established in 1921, the school is set on 50 acres of landscaped grounds and houses approximately 300 pupils

Key features
  • Independent day and boarding school
  • Established in 1921
  • Girls aged 4 – 16 and boys aged 4 – 7

Rendcomb College is a public school, located in the village of Rendcomb five miles north of Cirencester in Gloucestershire, England.

It’s an independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged from 3 to 18 set in the heart of the Cotswolds.

Their mission is to develop thoughtful, adventurous and academically ambitious young people who are life-long learners.


Key features
  • Independent day and boarding school
  • Established in 1920
  • Boys and girls aged 3 to 18

Rugby School is a public school in Rugby, Warwickshire, England. Founded in 1567 as a free grammar school for local boys, it is one of the oldest independent schools in Britain. Up to 1667, the school remained in comparative obscurity.

Students at Rugby have the benefit of fantastic educational facilities and highly qualified staff teaching GCSE, A Level and the IB Diploma.

Key features
  • One of the oldest independent school in Britain
  • Founded in 1567

Scarborough College is an independent coeducational day and boarding school aged 3–18 years in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England. It was founded in 1898 and opened in 1901. The school has been an International Baccalaureate World School since June 2006, offering it at sixth form in place of A-levels.

Key features
  • Founded in 1898
  • Welcomes pupils aged 3-18

Sidcot School is a British co-educational independent school for boarding and day pupils, associated with the Religious Society of Friends. It is one of seven Quaker schools in England.

The school is based in the Mendip Hills near the village of Winscombe, Somerset and caters for children between the ages of 3 and 18.

Key features
  • Based in the Mendip Hills
  • Pupils aged 3-18

Shebbear College is an independent day and boarding school for girls and boys aged 4 – 18 situated in Shebbear, Devon, England. The school’s 85-acre rural campus is situated in the Devon countryside. It was founded by the Bible Christian Society in 1829.

From small class sizes enabling tailored learning; the chance to take part in exciting opportunities that simply wouldn’t be open to everyone at a bigger school; the nurturing family atmosphere and the green, rural campus: These are the things that make us special.

Key features
  • Extensive School Grounds
  • Pupils aged 4-18

St Edmund’s School, Canterbury is an independent day and boarding school located in Canterbury, Kent, England and established in 1749.

The extensive school grounds were acquired in 1855. The school currently caters for girls and boys aged 3–18, including the Choristers of Canterbury Cathedral.

Key features
  • Extensive School Grounds
  • Pupils aged 3-18

St John’s Beaumont School is an independent day and boarding school for boys aged 3 to 13 years old.

It is situated between Englefield Green and Old Windsor on Priest’s Hill, with the school building in Surrey and the sports fields in Berkshire.

They are a Roman Catholic, Jesuit boarding and day preparatory school for boys.  St John’s, the oldest purpose built preparatory school in the country and, founded in 1888, combines the rich tradition of Jesuit education with the very best that modern teaching techniques and technology can offer. 

Key features
  • Boys aged 3 to 13 years old
  • Roman Catholic
  • Jesuit boarding and day preparatory school

Stonar School, founded in 1895, is a non-denominational UK independent day and boarding school, at Cottles Park, near Atworth, Wiltshire, south-west England. The school occupies 80 acres of parkland and gardens in a location about 8 miles from Bath.

Stonar is a co-educational, day & boarding school (ages 2-18) in Wiltshire, delivering an excellent, nurturing education that yields fantastic results.

You don’t have to be a rider to come to Stonar but the school is renowned for its Equestrian Centre. With stabling for up to 65 horses and ponies we offer an unequalled equestrian curriculum to suit complete beginners, through to experienced competitive riders.

Key features
  • Pupils aged 2 to 18
  • Co-educational day and boarding school
  • Equestrian Centre on site

Stonyhurst College is a co-educational Roman Catholic independent school, adhering to the Jesuit tradition, on the Stonyhurst Estate, Lancashire, England. It occupies a Grade I listed building.

“Stonyhurst College & Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall are the UK’s leading co-ed Catholic boarding & day schools, nestled in the heart of the Ribble Valley.”

Key features
  • Roman Catholic
  • Pupils aged 3-18

The Downs Malvern is an independent prep school in the United Kingdom, founded in 1900. It is located on a 55-acre site in Colwall in the County of Herefordshire, on the western slopes of the Malvern Hills.

Every child is a unique individual with gifts and talents that will enrich their lives and those of others. Their focus at The Downs is to spot those natural abilities, encourage, develop, and celebrate them.

Key features
  • Girls and boys aged 3-13
  • Encourage natural abilities

Thornton is a leading independent day and boarding school for girls. It is one of the most successful non-selective schools in the UK and offers a warm and nurturing educational environment alongside a rigorous and exciting curriculum.

Thornton is a Catholic school welcoming girls of all faiths and none. All students are equally valued and all are equally important. Thornton won the Independent School of the Year Award for Student Careers Programme in October 2020 and is an Independent School Finalist for STEAM Education Provision 2020 an Independent Girls School of the Year 2021. 

Key features
  • Independent school of the year in 2020
  • Catholic School
  • Pupils aged 3-18

Truro School is a coeducational independent day and boarding school located in the city of Truro, Cornwall, England. It is the largest coeducational independent school in Cornwall with over 1050 pupils from pre-prep to sixth form. It is a member school of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference.

Truro School is Cornwall’s leading independent school for boys and girls aged 3 to 18. 

Key features
  • Co-educational independent day and boarding school
  • Based in Cornwall
  • Pupils aged 3-18

Warminster School is a co-educational independent day and boarding school in Warminster, Wiltshire, England, for students aged three to eighteen. Initially established in 1707, the school took its current form in 1973 with the amalgamation of Lord Weymouth’s Grammar School and St Monica’s.

Warminster School is truly a community spirited thriving boarding and day school offering an exceptional all-round education to pupils from 2-18.

Key features
  • Co-educational independent day and boarding school
  • Pupils aged 2-18

Wellington School is a co-educational independent day and boarding school in the English public school tradition for pupils aged 3–18 located in Wellington, Somerset, England. Wellington School was founded in 1837 Wellington School is a registered charity and has around 800 pupils currently in attendance

Key features
  • Co-educational independent day and boarding school
  • Pupils aged 3-18

Wells Cathedral School is a co-educational independent school located in Wells, Somerset, England. The school is one of the five specialist musical schools for school-age children in the United Kingdom,
A family-orientated co-educational boarding and day school for 2 – 18 year olds which provides an all-round education alongside world-class Specialist Music and Chorister training.


Key features
  • Specialist musical school
  • Pupils aged 2-18
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