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There are only a few SBSA (State Boarding Schools Association) schools, like Dallam, in the UK.   

If you are considering boarding, we’re glad you are looking at the state boarding option with us because we provide high-quality boarding at the lowest possible cost. As a state boarding school, you only pay the cost of boarding, as there are no tuition fees.  

Instead of paying £30,000+ a year at an independent boarding school, at Dallam, you pay a much lower cost of approximately £4,000 per term (full-time boarding).  

The boarding fee covers full board and meals, bed linen and laundry and the arrangements for care. Tuition, books, stationery, and most extra-curricular activities are FREE. 

The fees do not include clothing, recreational outings, personal expenses, the cost of medicines, musical instrument tuition or any other private tuition, travel away from school or any other costs relating to school activities for which parents of day students are asked to make a contribution (i.e. school trips to the theatre or Duke of Edinburgh expedition weekends). 

Boarding fees 2024/25

2024/25Whitbarrow Hall (16+)Old Block (11-15)
Autumn term£5,057£4,553
Spring term£5,057£4,553
Summer term£5,057£4,553
Additional ratesWhitbarrow Hall (16+)Old Block (11-15)
Dallam Experience – Weekly cost£570£530
Additional costs
Full time pupil deposit£1,500
Dallam experience£1,100
Registration fee (all pupils)£110

As a state boarding school we are able to admit children as boarders who are nationals of the UK and are eligible to hold a full UK passport, or those who have the right of residence in the UK

Free education and full boarding from only £12,838 per year

Siblings and NHS, blue light services and forces families are also eligible for a 5% discount. 

Payments can be made monthly – email the Boarding team at 

If you’d like more information about our state boarding fees and options or would like a trial period for full-boarding, please contact us. We’ll find a bespoke solution that works for you.  

If you would like to talk to someone about boarding at Dallam or have a question, email us at or call us on 015395 63377.

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