BSA celebrates Golden Jubilee at Heads’ conference

Boarding school heads will gather at the Manchester Midland of Hotel in May for BSA’s annual update on the sector

‘Building Bridges, Changing Lives’ is the theme of the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) 2016 heads’ conference, this year marking the association’s Golden Jubilee.

Having been the voice of the boarding sector for 50 years, the BSA has seen much change. Tony Little, former head of Eton College, is the BSA’s Honorary President for 2015-16 and will deliver the keynote address at the conference. In the BSA’s jubilee publication, Tony reflects on the change since the 1960s: “Spartan fixtures and fittings, large dormitories, inadequate heating, poor food and pastoral care in the hands of prefects were common attributes. Fast-forward 50 years and what a difference: comfortable rooms, heating, abundant food and wraparound 24/7 pastoral care from boarding professionals.

“And that doesn’t even consider the access today’s boarders have to first-class facilities and broad co-curricular programmes.”

The annual conference for headteachers features speakers on charity work, research, international boarding and progressing to university. Keynote addresses will be delivered by Tony Little, Minister Nick Gibb and Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the ISC. 

Just one of a range of CPD opportunities for BSA members, the conference is complemented by more than 50 day seminars and university-accredited courses. Find out more and book at 

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