But the government advice is still for schools to remain open as usual.
'Scandalous' new report by the Sutton Trust and the Social Mobility Commission comes as ex-public schoolboys vie to be PM.
Educational advantages naturally give Britain’s privately educated a huge helping hand in the labour market. Put bluntly, going to a private school gets you a job with higher pay.
To say boarding school was a culture shock would not be the half of it. Those first few weeks were a real test for a young boy who had never before spent even a single night away from home
But is boarding school really that bad? Yes, there will be homesickness, especially for younger children, but in today's world of email, Skype and social media, you can be in regular contact with family, wherever they are in the world. As many parents work full time, kids who do live at home probably spend more time in school clubs or with nannies and babysitters than with their own flesh and blood.
I didn't have a happy time at school. I was clever, and bored most of the time so I became rebellious. Smoking became interesting, as did drinking. After my GCSE's I changed schools, being awarded a music scholarship to a well-known boarding school.
Is boarding the right choice for a child's development and overall well-being? When is it right for a child to spend most of the week at a school instead of at home? These are questions that often come up when discussing whether or not boarding is the right option for a child.
A teacher at a private boarding school has been jailed for three years after pleading guilty to abusing pupils as young as
Often, you'll see evil parents in films threatening their naughty children with boarding school, like it's the ultimate punishment. Well, that's just a load of nonsense. When I was eight years old I went to boarding school. A lot of people will automatically think 'how awful' - it wasn't. As the youngest of four I knew boarding school was going to be on the cards one day.
Police are looking into "thoughtless and extremely foolish" remarks about immigrant children by a former Conservative Party