BSS-Support is here

  • to help boarding school survivors understand and recover from their boarding experience
  • to provide information for those considering boarding for their children and current boarders
  • to press for change.

We do so through an annual conference, newsletters, information, and responding personally to any and every enquiry. Explore our growing website for advice and resources and to contact us.

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“Since its inception, BSS-Support’s dedicated group of directors has created a great resource for parents, for current school students as well as ex-boarders. Those who attended Boarding schools and suffered as a result are often relieved to find that they are not alone and BSS-Support is often the first port of call.”

Professor Joy Schaverien, Psychotherapist and Author of: “Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of the ‘Privileged’ Child”, Routledge.

“I am happy to lend my support”

Nick Duffell, creator of the Boarding School Survivors Weekend Workshops and speaker, Author of “The Making of Them, The British Attitude to Children and the Boarding School System”, Lone Arrow Press; “Wounded Leaders: The Psychohistory of British Elitism and the Entitlement Illusion”, Lone Arrow Press; Co-Author: “Trauma, Abandonment and Privilege; A guide to therapeutic work with boarding school survivors”, Routledge.

“I have been involved with the Directors and their work for over 15 years and am happy to endorse the Directors and BSS-Support wholeheartedly.”

Thurstine Basset, Co-Author: “Trauma, Abandonment and Privilege; A guide to therapeutic work with boarding school survivors”, Routledge.

“As a former boarder myself, I am so pleased to see the formation of BSS-Support to continue this valuable work.”

Jane Barclay, Author of Does Therapy Work? Troutbeck Press.


6 November 2021 – BSS-Support Online Conference

BSS-Support Online conference arranged – details and tickets here.

4 December 2021 – Boarding School and Society

A study day organised by the Organisation Promoting the Understanding of Society (Opus). Details here.

22 January 2022 – Zoom CPD day. Trauma, Privilege and Abandonment: Boarding School Syndrome

An introductory day for therapists with Nick Duffell and the Boarding School Survivors team on the clinical challenges of working with ex-boarders. Limited places. Times: 09.30 – 16.30. Costs: early…continue reading

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Latest news

BSS-Support Online Conference – 6 November 2021

The online conference has been announced. It will take place on Saturday, 6 November 2021 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm. Full details and tickets here.

Online conference – Autumn 2021

Covid-19 precluded us from having a conference in 2020, and this was a great disappointment. It is still unclear what restrictions may be in place, or may come into force,…continue reading

Publication of “Men’s Book”

We are delighted that the book Men’s Accounts of Boarding School – Sent Away has been published by Routledge. Edited by Margaret Laughton, Allison Paech-Ujejski and Andrew Patterson, the book…continue reading

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