A West Lindsey MP has expressed his full support for state boarding schools at a top-level gathering in London.
Edward Leigh, who represents Market Rasen and Gainsborough, gave his backing to the State Boarding Schools' Association.
He attended the All-Party Parliamentary Group for State Boarding Schools reception in the Houses of Parliament.
"These places of learning offer opportunities for pupils who might otherwise be excluded from the boarding experience," said Mr Leigh, whose constituency includes De Aston School at Market Rasen.
"These are not socially exclusive or divisive but run the gamut of the state sector, including comprehensive, voluntary-aided, community, and grammar schools.
"De Aston School has 80 boarders whose education is provided free by the state while their boarding fees are paid for by families.
"I am proud to have a state boarding school in my constituency and to represent them in Parliament.
"The extra care and attention provided by state boarding schools can bring a special relief to parents who work abroad or who are serving in our Armed Forces.
"I know that state boarding schools are a vital part of parents' options for state education and we should be doing what we can to encourage this sector to grow and develop."