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14 boarding schools found

Abingdon // England +

Founded in 1256 by the Benedictine monks of Abingdon Abbey, this boys' school has 860 students split into 9 houses and provides and all round education for boys...



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Scholarships
Available
Senior Day Tuition
£5290
Junior Day Tuition
£5290
Senior Boarding Tuition
Full - £11,180/Weekly - £9340
A-Level pass rate
63.5% A* and A in 2013
Teacher - student ratio
varies with each year group
Total enrollment
950
Extracurricular programmes
Dance/Film Club/Debating society/Chess/Tennis/Swimming/Soccer/Music/Art/Theatre/Football/Hockey/Rugby
Academic programmes
iGCSE/GCSE/A-Level
Language courses offered
Mandarin/Russian/Italian/German/Spanish
Main language
English
Age of entry
11
Boys
Yes
Age of entry to boarding houses
13
Preparation course
Yes - UK universities/Yes - US universities
University counselling
Yes
Day pupils
Yes

Cardiff Sixth Form College // Wales +

The school is ranked as the top co-educational boarding school in the UK for its A Level results by The Times and The Daily Telegraph, and puts a strong focu...



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Scholarships
International student/Academic
Day Tuition
£15,000
Boarding Tuition
£20,000 - £40,000
A-Level pass rate
95% A* - A
Oxbridge entrance
15%
Setting
Urban
Academic programmes
A-Level
Extracurricular programmes
Debating society/Duke of Edinburgh's Award/Volunteering/Weekend social and activities programme
Main language
English
Language courses offered
French
Girls
Yes
Boys
Yes
Age of entry
16+
Age of entry to boarding houses
16+
Preparation course
Yes - Oxbridge/Careers guidance
University counselling
Yes
Full boarding
Yes
Day pupils
Yes

CATS Cambridge // Cambridge +

Location: CATS Cambridge campus is located in the heart of the city, close to the prestigious University of Cambridge and the sce...



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Boarding Tuition
£34,770 - £34,980 for UK and EU students/£38,870 - £39,975 for international students
Day Tuition
£29,985 for international students/£24,990 for UK and EU students
Scholarships
Bursaries available/Academic
A-Level pass rate
A*17%/A*-A 26%/A*-B 67%/A*-C 84%
GCSE pass rate
A*10%/A*-A 27%/A*-B 46%/A*-C 67%
Oxbridge entrance
1%
Russell group entrance
56% A level/11% UFP approx.45% overall
University entrance
95%
Teacher - student ratio
1:8
Setting
Urban
Total enrollment
400
Average class size
8
Extracurricular programmes
Rock band/Cooking/Coding/Astronomy/STEM/Painting/Young Enterprise/Photography/Model UN/Running/Dodgeball/Juijitsu, Muy Tai boxing, Tae Kwon Do/Craft & Knitting/Gymnastics/Choirs/Badminton/yoga/Netball/Dance/Duke of Edinburgh's Award/Debating society/Chess/Table tennis/Basketball/Tennis/Music/Art/Football/Christian Fellowship
Academic programmes
ESL / EAL/GCSE/A-Level
Language courses offered
French/ESL / EAL/Mandarin/Russian/German/Spanish/Cantonese
Main language
English
Girls
Yes
Boys
Yes
Age of entry
14+
Age of entry to boarding houses
14+
Preparation course
Yes - Oxbridge/Yes - UK universities/UCAS Preparation
University counselling
Yes
Career counselling
Yes
Full boarding
Yes
Day pupils
Yes

CATS Canterbury // Canterbury +

Location: CATS Canterbury is located in the heart of Canterbury in Kent – one of the safest university cities in the UK. The camp...



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Boarding Tuition
£30,975-39,480
Day Tuition
£24,990 for international students/£20,985 for UK and EU students
Scholarships
Academic
Total enrollment
250
Setting
Urban
Teacher - student ratio
1:8
Average class size
8
Academic programmes
ESL / EAL/GCSE/A-Level
Extracurricular programmes
Football/Music/Tennis/Basketball/Table tennis/Chess/Film Club/yoga/Running/Charity & Fundraising/数学俱乐部/Life Skills/Philosophy for non-philosophers/Creative Writing CLub/Drama & Speech Training
Main language
English
Language courses offered
Spanish/Italian/French
Age of entry to boarding houses
15
Age of entry
15+
Boys
Yes
Girls
Yes
Preparation course
Yes - Oxbridge/UCAS Preparation
University counselling
Yes
Career counselling
Yes
Full boarding
Yes

CATS London // London +

CATS London is a unique boarding school. Located in the leafy Bloomsbury Square, in central London, it offers students access to a world of academic excellen...



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Day Tuition
£17,880 - £29,760
Boarding Tuition
£27,150 - £48,660
Scholarships
Academic
Average class size
12/8
Setting
Urban
Teacher - student ratio
1:12/1:8
Academic programmes
A-Level/GCSE/IB Diploma/US High School Diploma/AP Diploma/ESL / EAL
Extracurricular programmes
Rugby/Football/Theatre/Art/Music/Swimming/Tennis/Horse-riding/Basketball/Table tennis/Chess/Debating society/Duke of Edinburgh's Award/Film Club/Dance/Netball/Rowing/Badminton/Choirs
Main language
English
Language courses offered
ESL / EAL
Girls
Yes
Boys
Yes
Age of entry
14+
Age of entry to boarding houses
14+
Preparation course
UCAS Preparation/Yes - Oxbridge/Careers guidance
University counselling
Yes
Day pupils
Yes
Full boarding
Yes
Flexi-boarding
No
Weekly boarding
No

d'Overbroeck's // England +

Described as, “A place of energy and laughter” by The Good Schools Guide, d’Overbroeck’s is not just a school; it’s a place where boys and girls enjoy studyi...



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Boarding Tuition
£29,850 to £39,900
Day Tuition
£22,350 to £27,300
Scholarships
Academic/Sixth Form
A-Level pass rate
Grade A* - 24%
GCSE pass rate
Grade A* - 20%
Oxbridge entrance
6%
Russell group entrance
63%
University entrance
97%
Setting
Suburban
Total enrollment
487
Teacher - student ratio
1:8
Average class size
8-10
Extracurricular programmes
Golf/Orchestra/Choirs/Netball/Cricket/Dance/Film Club/Duke of Edinburgh's Award/Debating society/Chess/Table tennis/Basketball/Tennis/Swimming/Sailing/Music/Art/Theatre/Football/Rugby
Academic programmes
Summer English courses/GCSE/A-Level
Main language
English
Language courses offered
Spanish/German/Italian/Russian/Japanese/Mandarin/Latin/ESL / EAL/French
Age of entry to boarding houses
15
Age of entry
11+/16+/14+
Boys
Yes
Girls
Yes
Preparation course
Yes - Oxbridge/UCAS Preparation/Careers guidance
University counselling
Yes
Full boarding
Yes
Day pupils
Yes

Dover College // Eastern England +

Location: Dover College is located on the grounds of the 12th Century Benedictine Priory, in Dover, Southeast England. The school...



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Junior Day Tuition
£2,500 - £3,450 per term
Senior Day Tuition
£4,150 - £5,200 per term
Boarding Tuition
£10,000 (9-13 years per term)/£8,000 (7-8 years per term)
Scholarships
Academic/Music/Performing Arts/Sports/ADT
Russell group entrance
50 - 60%
Oxbridge entrance
85% in 2017
GCSE pass rate
83.3% pass rate, 83.3% A* - C
A-Level pass rate
95% pass rate, 73% A* - C
University entrance
All pupils who applied to university in 2017 were given a place
Total enrollment
300
Setting
Urban
Teacher - student ratio
1:12
Average class size
12
Extracurricular programmes
Dance/Film Club/Duke of Edinburgh's Award/Debating society/Chess/Table tennis/Basketball/Horse-riding/Tennis/Swimming/Sailing/Music/Art/Theatre/Football/Hockey/Rugby/Cricket/Netball/Cricket/Badminton/Athletics/Choirs/Drama/Young Enterprise/Coding/Charity & Fundraising/Fives/Zumba/Science club
Academic programmes
ESL / EAL/GCSE/A-Level
Language courses offered
Latin (on request at extra charge)/French/ESL / EAL/Mandarin/Spanish
Main language
English
Girls
Yes
Boys
Yes
Age of entry
3 +
Age of entry to boarding houses
11+
Career counselling
Yes
University counselling
Yes
Preparation course
UCAS Preparation/Yes - Oxbridge
Senior School Counselling
Yes
Full boarding
Yes
Day pupils
Yes
Flexi-boarding
Yes
Weekly boarding
Yes
Occasional boarding
Yes

Dulwich // England +

Founded in 1619, Dulwich College offers an academically challenging environment that promotes an independent work ethic and encourages students to acquire a lov...



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Scholarships
Academic/Art/Music/Sports/Some means-tested bursaries are available
A-Level pass rate
89.4% A* and A - B, 62.6% A*-A
GCSE pass rate
97.8% A* and A - B; 87.2% A* - A
Setting
Suburban
Academic programmes
A-Level/GCSE
Extracurricular programmes
Rugby/Hockey/Football/Theatre/Art/Music/Swimming/Tennis/Basketball/Film Club/Cricket/Rowing/Athletics/Cross-country/Choirs
Main language
English
Language courses offered
Spanish/German/Italian/Japanese/French/Chinese
Age of entry to boarding houses
11+
Boys
boys-only
Age of entry
7 +
Preparation course
Careers guidance
University counselling
Yes
Full boarding
Yes
Day pupils
Yes
Weekly boarding
Yes

Eton College // England +

Founded in 1110, Eton College is one of the most famous all-boys boarding schools in the world. The level ...



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Boarding Tuition
£11,478 per term
Scholarships
Academic/Art/Music/Performing Arts/Sixth Form /Some means-tested bursaries are available
A-Level pass rate
82.8% A* - A; 96.5% A* - B
GCSE pass rate
95.6% A* - A; 99.1% A* - B
Setting
Suburban
Total enrollment
1000+
Extracurricular programmes
Martial Arts/Golf/Squash/Shooting/Athletics/Badminton/Rowing/Volunteering/Cricket/Modern Languages/Debating society/Basketball/Tennis/Music/Art/Theatre/Football/Hockey/Rugby/Model United Nations
Academic programmes
GCSE/A-Level
Main language
English
Age of entry
16/13
Boys
boys-only
Preparation course
Careers guidance
University counselling
Yes
Full boarding
Yes

Harrow School // England +

A long history of academic achievement and English tradition means it is regularly ranked among the top 10 best UK schools for exam results and Oxbridge entranc...



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Scholarships
Sixth Form /Sports/Music/Art/Academic/Some means-tested bursaries are available
Boarding Tuition
£12,050 per term
GCSE pass rate
IGCSE: 85.2% A* - A
Total enrollment
800
Setting
Suburban
Academic programmes
IB Diploma/iGCSE
Extracurricular programmes
Rugby/Skiing/Hockey/Theatre/Art/Music/Soccer/Sailing/Swimming/Tennis/Horse-riding/Basketball/Debating society/Duke of Edinburgh's Award/Modern Languages/Cricket/Water Polo/Cookery/Badminton/Cross-country/Shooting/Squash/Golf/Fencing/Polo/Archery/Gymnastics/Martial Arts/Climbing
Main language
English
Language courses offered
Spanish/German/Italian/Russian/Japanese/Mandarin/Latin/French
Boys
boys-only
Age of entry
13
Preparation course
Careers guidance
University counselling
Yes
Full boarding
Yes

Marymount International School // London +

Located on a beautiful private estate in the countryside near London, this small Catholic private school is an International Baccalaureate World School with a s...



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Boarding Tuition
£29,810 - £33,790
Day Tuition
£17,520 - £20,020
Scholarships
Academic/Art/Music/Performing Arts/Sports/All-Rounders
University entrance
93%
Oxbridge entrance
4%
Russell group entrance
58%
Average class size
11
Total enrollment
211
Setting
Suburban
Teacher - student ratio
1:5
Academic programmes
US High School Diploma/IB Diploma/IB Middle Years
Extracurricular programmes
Model United Nations/Orchestra/Choirs/Athletics/Badminton/Debating society/Basketball/Volleyball/Tennis/Music/Art/Theatre/Football
Main language
English
Language courses offered
Spanish/German/Italian/Russian/Japanese/Mandarin/Arabic/Latin/ESL / EAL/French
Age of entry to boarding houses
11+/13+
Age of entry
11+/14+
Girls
girls-only
Preparation course
Yes - Oxbridge/UCAS Preparation/ACT/SAT Preparation/Careers guidance
University counselling
Yes
Full boarding
Yes
Day pupils
Yes
Weekly boarding
Yes

MPW London // London +

Located in South Kensington – a short walk away from the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal A...



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Day Tuition
£21,750 - £32,400
Boarding Tuition
£35,150 - £52,280
Scholarships
Academic
Teacher - student ratio
1:9
Setting
Urban
Total enrollment
650
Average class size
8
Extracurricular programmes
Golf/Badminton/Netball/Film Club/Duke of Edinburgh's Award/Debating society/Chess/Basketball/Swimming/Art/Theatre/Football/Rugby
Academic programmes
Preparatory school/GCSE/A-Level
Main language
English
Language courses offered
Spanish/German/Italian/Russian/Mandarin/Latin/ESL / EAL/French
Girls
Yes
Boys
Yes
Age of entry
14+
Age of entry to boarding houses
16+
Preparation course
Yes - Oxbridge/UCAS Preparation/Careers guidance
University counselling
Yes
Full boarding
Yes
Day pupils
Yes

Sevenoaks School // England +

Located just half an hour away from London and nestled amid the lush Kent countryside, the school’s 100-acre campus is a haven where students grow both acade...



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Scholarships
Music/Academic/Performing Arts/Sports
Boarding Tuition
£33,156
Day Tuition
£20,763
Russell group entrance
70%
Oxbridge entrance
20%
GCSE pass rate
94% A* and A
University entrance
100%
Teacher - student ratio
1:8
Setting
Suburban
Total enrollment
1040
Average class size
15
Extracurricular programmes
Cricket/Dance/Duke of Edinburgh's Award/Debating society/Chess/Basketball/Tennis/Swimming/Sailing/Art/Theatre/Football/Hockey/Rugby/Netball/Combined Cadet Force/Badminton/Choirs/Orchestra/Golf/Fencing/Gymnastics
Academic programmes
IB Diploma
Language courses offered
French/Latin/Mandarin/Russian/German/Spanish/Hindi
Main language
English
Girls
Yes
Boys
Yes
Age of entry
13+/16+/11+
Age of entry to boarding houses
16+/11+/13+
Preparation course
Yes - Oxbridge/UCAS Preparation/Careers guidance
University counselling
Yes
Full boarding
Yes
Day pupils
Yes

St Peter's School // England +

Located on the edge of the historic city of York in 47 acres of woodland, this prestigious British school provides its students a stellar education as well as p...



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Boarding Tuition
£6480 - £8395 per term
Scholarships
Music/Performing Arts/Some means-tested bursaries are available
Day Tuition
£8,781 - £14,286 per annum
A-Level pass rate
83% at A*-B
University entrance
82% of pupils in 2013
Russell group entrance
47% of pupils in 2013
Oxbridge entrance
6% of pupils in 2013
Total enrollment
1093
Setting
Urban
Teacher - student ratio
1:10
Average class size
20
Academic programmes
A-Level/GCSE
Extracurricular programmes
Rugby/Hockey/Football/Swimming/Tennis/Volleyball/Basketball/Cricket/Netball/Rowing/Water Polo/Theatre/Art/Music/Volleyball/Chess/Debating society/Duke of Edinburgh's Award/Film Club/Badminton/Athletics/Cross-country/Weight training/Shooting/Squash/Choirs/Orchestra
Main language
English
Language courses offered
Spanish/German/Latin/ESL / EAL/French
Girls
Yes
Boys
Yes
Age of entry
3 +
Age of entry to boarding houses
10+
Preparation course
Yes - Oxbridge/Yes - UK universities/Yes - US universities/UCAS Preparation/Careers guidance
University counselling
Yes
Full boarding
Yes
Day pupils
Yes
Flexi-boarding
Yes
Weekly boarding
Yes
Occasional boarding
Yes
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