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Helpful Information and Resources

Below are some resources relating to Boarding School which may be of interest – videos, articles, and links

Resources: Resources

Video podcast with Piers Cross talking about some of the costs of co-ed boarding.

Free Facebook Community

A community for those to connect with others and develop further awareness of how their boarding school education may have impacted their development as children and subsequent behaviour as adults.

A place to see beyond Privilege

Filmed in September 1993, this documentary is about young boys starting boarding prep school. It features Nick Duffell of Boarding School Survivors talking about surviving boarding school and his work with former boarders.

Book and article recommendations

on the subject of Boarding Schools


What's it like for Girls?


Attached is an article that I have had published in which I talk about the impacts on girls going to boarding schools, with an emphasis being co-ed schools.




This article first appeared in the December 2022 issue of BACP Children, Young People & Families, published by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. ©BACP 2022.’


Nick Duffell’s book has received wide acclaim from doctors, therapists, educators, writers and general readers. It describes the history and social context of boarding, the inevitability of ‘Boarding School Syndrome,’ as well as the process of de-constructing a ‘Strategic Survival Personality.

Wounded Leaders: British Elitism and the Entitlement Illusion – a Psychohistory.

by Nick Duffell, Lone Arrow Press 2014, trade paperback. 

Trauma, Abandonment and Privilege: A guide to therapeutic work with boarding school survivors. by Thurstine Basset and Nick Duffell Routledge, 2016,

Boarding School Syndrome: The psychological trauma of the 'privileged' child.

by Joy Schaverein. 2015.

Finding Our Way Home: Women's Accounts of Being Sent to Boarding School

by Nicki Simpson. 8 Jun 2018

Sad Little Men: Private Schools and the Ruin of England

by Richard Beard.

Information on my Boarding School Awareness Course.

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