The Boarding Schools' Association (BSA) has welcomed a rise in boarding pupils at independent schools for the second year running.
The rise, published in a survey by the Independent Schools' Council on April 28, shows there are over 70,000 boarding pupils at UK private schools.
This is the second year running the level has topped 70,000 and complements strong demand for state school boarding where there are over 5,000 pupils.
BSA Chief Executive Robin Fletcher said the ISC figures showed parents increasingly recognised the value of a boarding education for their children.
"For the second year running boarding numbers at independent schools are above 70,000, proving once again the popularity and quality of UK boarding for families at home and abroad.
"The number of pupils at UK's 450 plus independent boarding schools is higher than it was a decade ago, and coupled with more than 5,000 students in nearly 40 state boarding schools, the sector is clearly flourishing.
"Families choose UK boarding schools because they uniquely offer unrivalled facilities, great academic results, the chance to build lasting friendships and an experience that fosters independence and confidence. That's why UK boarding schools are widely regarded as the best in the world."