What is state boarding?

High-quality boarding at the lowest possible cost

There are only a few SBSA (State Boarding Schools Association) schools, like Dallam in the UK.  If you are considering boarding then we’re glad you are looking at the state boarding option with us because we provide high-quality boarding at the lowest possible cost. As a state boarding school, you only pay the cost of boarding as there are no tuition fees to pay. Instead of paying £30,000+ a year at an independent boarding school, at Dallam you pay a much lower cost of approximately £4,000 per term.    

Dallam boarders

Excellent results

All state boarding schools follow the National Curriculum and students take the same exams as they would if they attended a non-boarding state school. Whilst the exams are the same, each year state boarding schools regularly outperform other state schools with many topping academic league tables around the country. The combination of the excellent state-funded education and a stable and supportive boarding community helps pupils to make the most of their talents and abilities. After achieving outstanding exam results, many of our students go on to some of the world’s top universities. With our envious location on the edge of the Lake District National Park, Dallam students benefit from exceptional extra-curricular outdoor activities both in school and at boarding.

Dallam student in Whitbarrow Hall

The best of boarding care

Increasingly, parents are considering state boarding schools ahead of boarding in the independent sector as you can get the education and pastoral care you’re looking for at a fraction of the cost.  When you come to visit us we’re sure you’ll agree. The facilities and quality of teaching are excellent and the pastoral care delivered by our experienced and dedicated team will reassure you that we will look after your child in every way. Demand for places at state boarding schools is high.  Speak to us today to secure a place for your child during their school or sixth form years.

 …boarding staff offer an excellent level of care. – Ofsted

No exeats

Exeats, or compulsory weekend leave is commonplace in the independent sector and often causes logistical problems for families that live far away. At Dallam, there are no exeats to worry about. Our students are welcome to stay at the boarding house every weekend during term time.  Equally, if they wish to go home or you would like to visit us, there is flexibility to do so. Please note: Admission to state boarding schools in the UK is limited to children who are nationals of the UK and are eligible to hold a full UK passport, or those who have the right of residence in the UK. Please note that the holding of a BN(O) passport does not make the child eligible for a state boarding school in the UK.

Dallam boarding house dining room

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