Give poor pupils cash to board, urges head

12th May 2000 at 01:00
POOR pupils should get bursaries so they can attend private boarding schools, the chairman of the Boarding Schools Association argued this week.

The move would widen access to some of Britain's most privileged and academically successful schools, said Tony Millard, the association's chairman and headmaster of the independent Giggleswick School in Yorkshire.

He said the Government should help make boarding schools more socially inclusive. The schools could top up the bursaries themselves, he suggested.

"The important philanthropic initiatives supporting independent education in the past 12 months have bypassed the boarding sector," Mr Millard said. Yet the lifestyle of modern families made boarding more relevant and necessary, he argued.

Speaking before the opening of the association's annual coference in Torquay, he said, those who could benefit from boarding included: "Gifted children, disabled children, children from families under stress, children from busy families or whose parents are in expatriate employment."

The challenge was to find a way of making boarding more widely available at a cost that would not unacceptably favour a minority of state-funded pupils.

He said schools would be willing to top up state payments to meet the extra cost of boarding.

The number of full boarders - average fees, pound;13,500 - continues to decline. In 15 years, the total number of full boarders dropped from almost 109,000 to about 70,000. But many larger boarding schools such as Eton and Winchester, continue to flourish.

Of the Boarding School Association's 500 members, 36 are maintained.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now