There has been a decline over the number of state boarding schools in recent decades. These are charitable schools where the fees are low as the education element is paid by the taxpayer and the fees just pay for accommodation.
But the flexibility of the free schools offers the chance for a revival. The Holyport Free School, proposed for Berkshire in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead would be a day school for some pupils but also a state boarding school with four purpose built boarding houses.
The school is intending to open in September 2014 and is urging local parents to register their interest to assist the application process. When established, Holyport Free School will offer a high quality education to close to 500 children from 11 to 18.
The school hopes to work closely with the local middle and secondary schools in the Royal Borough; being an important addition to the current excellent educational facilities. Indeed the Deputy Leader of the Conservative council, Cllr Simon Dudley, is among the group trying to set up the new school as is the former Conservative councillor Liam Maxwell.
These pioneering figures in the free school movement around the country are absolute heroes.