The Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) is delighted that
Tony Little, Head Master of Eton College,
has agreed to be the BSA’s president for the Association’s 50th
anniversary year 2015 – 2016.
The presidency is an honorary role for the BSA’s anniversary
year during which the Association will be hosting a number of conferences and
other events to celebrate British boarding schools, what they have achieved,
how attitudes and practices have changed in 50 years, and why the world looks
to British boarding schools as centres of excellence in academic achievement,
extra-curricular activities and pastoral care .
Tony Little said: ‘Boarding schools can be wonderful places,
offering young people an education that is stimulating, sociable and fun. I am
honoured to represent the BSA which has helped shape a modern generation of
highly effective, world-leading British boarding schools.’
Mr Little, who has been the head of three boarding schools
in his career, announced recently that
he would be retiring as Head Master of Eton in the summer of 2015.
The Independent Schools Council’s annual census this year
showed a rise in boarding numbers for 2014 – up to 68,453 from last year’s
66,776. Boarding numbers in independent schools have been remarkably stable in
the 21st century with the number of boarders at over 68,000 in 11 of
the last 14 years. Perhaps unexpectedly, the number of overseas boarders has
fallen by over 10% this year.
The Boarding Schools’ Association represents member boarding
schools in the UK, in both the state and independent sectors. There are 470
schools in BSA, educating and caring for 73,500 boarders in both primary and
secondary schools, approximately 5000 of them at state boarding schools.
The BSA’s annual conference for the heads of boarding
schools will take place in Glasgow, 12 – 14 May 2014. The chairman of BSA is
currently Raymond McGovern, headmaster of St George’s School in Harpenden. Next year, he will be succeeded by Wendy
Griffiths, head mistress of Tudor Hall School in Banbury.
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