Hilary Moriarty, the National Director of the Boarding
Schools’ Association (BSA) said today: ‘I am delighted to see a rise in
boarding numbers in today’s ISC annual census for 2014 - up to 68,453 from last year’s 66,776.
Boarding numbers in independent schools have been remarkably stable in the 21st
century, with the number of boarders over 68,000 in 11 of the last 14 years.
‘Interestingly, and perhaps unexpectedly, the number of
overseas students has fallen by over 10%. This indicates that rising boarding
numbers are as a result of British
parents seeking out all that a great boarding school can offer students in
terms of time, facilities and opportunities.
‘There have been increases in boarders at all ages, in
particular in sixth-form boarding whose numbers have gone up to 29,602 against
last year’s 27,758.’
The number of boarders able to claim the Ministry of
Defence’s Continuity of Education Allowance (because their parents serve in HM
Forces overseas) continues to decline as the number of British forces stationed
Boarding Schools’ Association represents member boarding schools in the UK, in
both the state and independent sectors, including primary as well as secondary
schools. There are 470 schools in BSA, educating and caring for approximately 74,000
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