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To: Priti Patel, Home Secretary

Allow child refugees to take up the offer of free places at UK boarding schools

Allow child refugees to take up the offer of free places at UK boarding schools

Please take up the Boarding Schools’ Association’s offer of free school places for unaccompanied child refugees. This offer, by over 80 boarding schools, was made in 2015, but so far the government has sent only two children to take them up. The offer was renewed at the end of January by Robin Fletcher, chief executive of BSA.

Why is this important?

My father and his brother were able to come here as child refugees in 1939 because of the generosity of Rydal School in North Wales, which hosted them. My uncle said later, ‘We came as strangers; you took us in.’ Today, boarding schools are making a similar generous offer to help some of the unaccompanied child refugees currently suffering appalling conditions in Lesbos, Calais and other refugee camps. Despite this offer being at no cost to the taxpayer, the government has failed to take it up.


Reasons for signing

  • These children are at risk where they are, the additional oversight which putting vulnerable children into boarding schools would provide accountable and transparent safeguarding and opportunity for privileged children to recognise their and advantages and consequent responsibilites
  • It has been our tradition for hundreds of years.


2020-03-10 13:38:31 +0000

500 signatures reached

2020-02-23 07:40:46 +0000

100 signatures reached

2020-02-21 12:29:54 +0000

50 signatures reached

2020-02-20 19:35:47 +0000

25 signatures reached

2020-02-20 15:56:36 +0000

10 signatures reached