See also the national watchdog organisation



workshops for men and women


Boarding School Survivors was founded in 1990 and has two principal activities.

In order to raise public consciousness, we research, lecture, write, and broadcast about the psychological effects of sending children away to school, and the social system which has encouraged this habit. Our book, The Making of Them, the British Attitude to Children and the Boarding School System has received wide acclaim from doctors, therapists, educators, writers and general readers. It describes the history and social context of boarding, as well as the process of de-constructing a ‘strategic survival personality'. It offers pointers towards a philosophy of education that honours the needs and the intelligence of the natural child.

Secondly, we run a programme of therapeutic workshops for adults who have recognised that they may have paid a price for their education, and are looking for ways to understand and heal their wounds. These popular courses, which have been running uninterrupted since 1990, receive referrals from GPs, community organisations and counsellors, and have benefited many people, by allowing them to leave aspects of their past behind and develop their true potential. We also offer couples counselling and psychotherapy for individuals and couples, as well as specialist supervision and training for professionals.

To find out about more the work of Boarding School Survivors please check out the site or to contact click on a button below. If you would like to organise an event in your area or country, or enquire about training or consultancy, please send us an email.


Boarding School Survivors is an organisational member of the
British Association for Counseling

Lone Arrow Press
is the publishing arm of
The Centre for Gender Psychology
Boarding School Survivors.

The British Attitude to Children and the Boarding School System

by Nick Duffell

The Making of Them

A remarkable new book which will be essential reading to anyone interested in the nature and culture of English, their education system, their attitude to children, and the psychological and social effects of sending their privileged sons and daughters away to boarding schools:

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The Making of Them video is now on UTube

ISBN 0-9537904-0-1

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Lone Arrow Press

at the cutting edge of psychology, education and society

Boarding School Survivors
6 Chester Court,
Lissenden Gardens,
London NW5 1LY, UK.
tel: ++ 44 (0) 20 7267 7098

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Boarding School Survivors has a sister organisation called BOARDING CONCERN which aims to: keep in touch with ex-boarders; arrange annual conferences about themes important to ex-boarders; publish regular newsletters and keep members in touch with issues about boarding. Boarding Concern also works to raise awareness about the consequences of boarding to the general public and monitors developments in the boarding industry through our advocacy arm. We welcome any ex-boarders who would like follow up support for their experiences and/or who would like to take part in our advocacy work. If you would like more information about BOARDING CONCERN, or would like to join, we can be found at