Did you know the UK has 35 state boarding schools?

Each year, state boarding schools regularly out-perform other state schools with many topping academic league tables around the country. The combination of the excellent state-funded education and a stable boarding community enables pupils to make the most of their talents and abilities.

I spent this afternoon at Wycombe’s Royal Grammar School, attending the annual conference of the State Boarding Schools’ Association. I was deeply impressed by the outstanding governors, headteachers and staff I met, but deeply dismayed by the outrageous bureaucracy that they must tolerate for the moment. Thankfully, Nick Gibb MP was on hand to explain the changes coming.

More tomorrow…

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