A three week conversation series

These conversation series videos are password protected. The public can view the seminars by paying £20 per video ( there are 3) or if you purchase all 3 together the fee is £50. You will receive the password in an email for each video or videos once purchased.

If you have any questions or queries, please contact events@thebowlbycentre.org.uk.

These three conversation series on The Trauma of Elite Boarding Schools: The consequences for children, adults & the UK were chaired by Suzanne Zeedyk. The conversation were originally delivered live online in November 2023 and explored:

A growing number of voices have highlighted the emotional damage caused by elite boarding schools. How can we explain and make sense of that damage? Is the impact relevant to institutional practices of the past, or are contemporary boarding schools still having deleterious consequences? How do they shape the way that cultural power operates in the UK? Who most needs to understand these impacts: former students, therapists, parents, or the wider public? These are the questions that will be explored in this Conversation Series, hosted by The Bowlby Centre. We bring together leading authors, campaigners and survivors who are well placed to provide uncomfortable insights and perspective. The conversation will of value to those who come due to personal history, professional interest or general curiosity.

The trauma of boarding school: Voices from childhood


Piers Cross, Filmmaker, Boarding School Survivor and Producer of An Evolving Man Podcast

Nicky Moxey, Boarding School Survivor and Editor of forthcoming collection: Worlds away from home.

This workshop recording costs £20.​

The long-term consequences of boarding school: Voices from adulthood


Joy Schaverien, Jungian Psychoanalyst and Art Psychotherapist, Author of Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of the  ‘Privileged’ Child

Simon Partridge, Boarding School Survivor and writer Author of Boarding School Syndrome: Reconsidered in social context

This workshop recording costs £20.

When a country’s leaders are boarding school survivors: Voices from citizens


Alex Renton, Broadcaster and Author of Stiff Upper Lip: Secrets, Crimes and the Schooling of a Ruling Class

Nick Duffell, Author & Founder of Boarding School Survivors

This workshop recording costs £20.