A school at which some or all pupils are resident during term‐time. Most boarding schools belong to the independent schools sector, although some are to be found under the aegis of local authorities. In addition, some local authority day schools, not classed as boarding schools, may include a small number of pupils who are boarders. The majority of local authority boarding schools are for the education of pupils with a disability or special educational needs. In most cases, boarding schools in the independent sector follow the national curriculum and enter pupils for national examinations. The image of the boarding school has recently been popularized among schoolchildren by the cultural phenomenon of Harry Potter and his experiences at Hogwarts School.