About Us

We offer support to former boarders and boarding school survivors.

We speak out on boarding school issues.

  • support former boarders and maybe signpost them to other support services
  • support and advise those caring for boarders today, (including their parents and boarding school staff)
  • speak out on boarding issues
  • and the protection of children from harm
  • hold conferences
  • distribute publications, including our regular newsletter
  • respond to news media and research enquiries

It all started in June 2001.

Nick Duffell of Boarding School Survivors (BSS) presented a Mental Health seminar about boarding school syndrome.

Nick and James Foucar, an attendee, met for tea afterwards at the British Library.

James wanted to create a new organisation to support former boarders coming to terms with their boarding experience.

And act as a focal point raising awareness of what today we call boarding school syndrome.

James based his idea on his experiences working with other adult survivor support organisations.

Nick put out a call to his network.

James recruited the start up team.


Boarding Concern launched in December 2002.

Today, Boarding Concern continues to grow, with over 350 supporters.

Read about our Board of Directors