Boarding schools: national minimum standards

The national minimum standards that boarding schools must meet to safeguard and protect the children in their care.

Applies to England


Boarding schools: national minimum standards


This guidance is for:

  • school leaders
  • school staff

It applies to:

  • boarding schools maintained by the local authority
  • independent boarding schools

It contains a statement of national minimum standards for boarding schools that provide accommodation for children.

National minimum standards for residential special schools are also available.

Published 1 November 2012
Last updated 24 March 2015 + show all updates
  1. Updated document as a result of Ofsted inspections against the standards, and revisions to the independent school standards.

  2. First published.