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
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.
Last updated 5 September 2022 + show all updates
Removed 'National minimum standards for boarding schools: in force until 5 September 2022' and replaced with current 'National minimum standards for boarding schools'.
Updated 'National minimum standards for boarding schools: in force from 5 September 2022' to add footnote 44 explaining that standard 20.10 (regarding boarders accessing staff residential accommodation) does not apply to public or shared use spaces. If such a space does exist within staff accommodation, the school should clearly communicate this in relevant policies and have a clear policy on safely managing the use of such spaces. New hyperlinks for QEG and AEGIS also added.
Added 'National minimum standards for boarding schools: in force from 5 September 2022'.
Updated document as a result of Ofsted inspections against the standards, and revisions to the independent school standards.