Study at a Private Boarding School in England
The finest private boarding schools in Europe
For generations, England has been recognised as having the
finest private boarding schools in Europe. The schools have built
up excellent reputations based on strong traditions and very high
standards which prove very attractive to students and their
Many private boarding schools in England achieve exceptional
academic success, whilst others specialise in either music, sports,
drama and arts or special needs.
Catering for all student abilities
It is often people's impression that independent schools teach
only highly academic children. For some high profile Public Schools
this is correct but there are many private schools offering
education to more average ability students.
There are many reasons why parents choose to educate their
children in private schools, among them private schools tend to
offer smaller class sizes which can lead to increased attention for
their child. Parents also consider there are benefits to be gained
by mixing with other children from more wealthy families. Almost
all schools have some form of selection process to ensure that
pupils are suitable for the courses they offer.
Excellent pastoral care
All the private boarding schools we recommend provide excellent
pastoral care in the form of house parents, matrons, and a tutor
caring for each child. Life and the learning process is very
structured for students with great care being taken to develop each
child's social skills, as well as supporting them through all
There are hundreds of private boarding schools in England, many
living up to the image of an impressive building in beautiful rural
surroundings with exceptional facilities, including some with their
own equestrian centre, farm or even a helicopter pad.
Barnes experience in securing a place for you
We have a very experienced and knowledge- based view of a large
number of private schools in England that we have worked with
over the years. Taking great care in understanding your child's
needs we are able to suggest schools to really suit your child.
After giving our recommendation to the school about your child we
fully prepare them for the selection process, including the
interview, at their chosen schools, thus giving them the best
chance possible to secure a place.
Unlike other companies we do not charge an arrangement fee for
our skill and administration in obtaining a suitable offer for a
- Aged 11 - 18 years old
- GCSE, A Level and International Baccalaureate
- Normally full academic year required
- No arrangement fee** is payable to BARNES (Deposit* required
with BARNES application form GBP 300 - used to pay the school's
registration fees, forfeited if you withdraw the application)
- Boarding school fees between GBP 23,000 and GBP
35,000 per year depending on the school, plus a Guardianship
Any remaining balance is lodged with the school against the first
term's fees. The deposit is forfeited if the application is
**If the application is for less than one year, an application fee
of £450 (£600 for non-EU applicants) is payable to reflect the
difficulty in placing students for less than one year.
*** GUARDIANSHIP SERVICE FOR BOARDING SCHOOLS
All boarding schools require foreign students to have a UK-based
Guardian, which can be a friend or relative of the student, who
lives in England. A guardian for a student at a boarding school has
to be prepared to care for a student in the holidays and any
weekends when the student has to leave the boarding house (exeat
weekends). They also have to assist a student with their travel
arrangements and be available in case of an emergency. If you do
not have an adequate relationship, please contact us and we can
offer you two different levels of Guardianship agreements (fully
included in all packages where a student lives with a BARNES host
Visas are not necessary for EU students.
Visas for Non EU students are not always necessary where a student
studies in the UK for less than 6 months. More information can be
found at the UK Border Agency ( http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/ ). Where
a visa is necessary the time taken to apply for this needs to be
taken into account when considering start dates.