Adams’ Grammar is one of the UK’s leading state schools, regularly topping the league tables for exam results across the county. However pupils who live further away from its small market town setting of Newport can still access this top performing school as boarding pupils.
Gary Hickey, Headmaster of Adams’ Grammar School, explains: “A state boarding school is one where you pay for the boarding while the government pays for the education, as it would at any other state school in England. In other words, the education is free making boarding a
much more affordable option for families.”
There are 38 state boarding schools in the UK but only a handful of them are selective.
Mr Hickey explains: “Upon passing an entrance test, pupils start their boarding life at Longford Hall, a beautiful Georgian mansion set in 100 acres of grounds with magnificent views of the surrounding Shropshire countryside; parents are definitely stunned by the beauty when they visit. The boys are cared for by a Boarding Housemaster and his team of matrons and tutors and enjoy a warm, comfortable and
very homely environment.
“Boarding tutors offer a range of specialist knowledge to support the boys with their studies and the boarders are also actively
encouraged to get involved in the many extracurricular activities the school offers, helping them to increase their confidence and to grow as individuals.
“The camaraderie of our boarding houses is indeed very special and I think the words of a former Adams’ boarder say it all: “The friends I have made in boarding at Adams’ will be my friends for life.”
The majority of boarders join state boarding schools at the age of 11 and continue boarding until they leave school for university. A few may join at 13-plus but starting to board for sixth form is becoming an increasingly popular choice as parents look for options to help their children gain independence ahead of the move to university.
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Pupils: 917, including 95 girls in sixth form
Age range: Boys 11-18, Girls 16-18
Fees per term:
Day pupils free, boarding £3,800
Head: Gary Hickey