SUMMER FAIR HANDBOOK

Dear Summer Fair exhibitor,

It's no secret that the transition from prep/primary to senior school is a challenge for parents. We have designed the Fair to help parents discover, apply and prepare for the right school.

The pre-registrations are flying, this demonstrates a renewed appetite for attending informative events and validates the need to help parents address this stage from Year 4 to Year 8.

The information published on this page is designed to help you plan for the Independent Schools Show Summer Fair, if you have any questions please get in contact.

Ben & the ISS team
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The heart of the show is the exhibiting schools and we look forward to connecting you with prospective parents for your school.

Talks play a vital role attracting parents to the event. We have a comprehensive line up of speakers in the Education Theatre covering all the topics parents need to know to navigate this stage of their child's education.

Building on the success of the London Choices feature at ISS in Battersea, the 'how to apply theatre' provides parents with an overview of the application processes of London day schools. 

Exhibition Timetable

Timetable - Tuesday 23 May, 2023

Build Up: 8:00 - 9:15
Opening times: 9:30 - 16:00
Breakdown: 16:00 - 17:00
Ben Hitchman
Ben HitchmanShow Managerben@schoolsshow.co.uk

t: +44 (0) 20 301 0299
m: +44 (0) 7878 337245

I manage the London shows and am the principal point of contact for exhibiting schools at all the British Boarding Schools Shows abroad.

Lancing College at a British Boarding Schools Show event

Your Stand

All exhibitors will be provided with a table (6ft x 2.6ft) with chairs either side along with access to power and wifi. The plan is to keep it simple: there is room for a couple of pull-up banners behind your stand, brochures and a laptop/tablet and away we go!

Staffing Your Stand

We recommend 2-3 people on your stand at any one time, it is possible to rotate your staff throughout the day if you wish.

Please send Ben the list of school representatives to be passed onto security by 18th May. 

We recommend all staff bring name badges to be kept on throughout the show.

Logistics

CATERING

The is a cafe onsite which has an excellent array of choices for lunch.

Parking

Parking is extremely limited at the Hurlingham Club, there is only *one spot per exhibitor. Please send the vehicle details and registration to Ben by the 18th May.

*This is weather dependent, if the ground is wet prior to the event we will need to make alternative arrangements.

Hotel

Please contact Ben if you require any help with finding a hotel.

The Hurlingham Club

Ranelagh Gardens
London 
SW6 3PR

Public Transport

The nearest tube station is Putney Bridge on the Wimbledon District Line, approximately 10 minutes walk from the Hurlingham Club.

Please see www.tfl.gov.uk for more information on bus, train and tube routes.

Meet the Team

Ben Hitchman
Ben HitchmanShow Managerben@schoolsshow.co.uk

t: +44 (0) 20 301 0299
m: +44 (0) 7878 337245

I oversee the London show and am your principal point of contact for the British Boarding Schools Shows.

Joanne MacAlesher
Joanne MacAlesherGroup Marketing Managerjoanne@schoolsshow.co.uk

t: +44 (0) 20 3489 1908
m: +44 (0) 7801 854020

I manage the promotion of the events and manage all the online and live talk programmes.

Guy Schady-Beckett
Guy Schady-BeckettResearch & Digitalguy@schoolsshow.co.uk

Please contact me about visitor data & partnerships.

David Wellesley Wesley
David Wellesley WesleyShow Founderdavid@schoolsshow.co.uk

+44 (0) 20 3301 0299

I founded the Show in 2006 and oversee all aspects of its operation.

Tilly Davies
Tilly DaviesSocial Media & Marketingtilly@schoolsshow.co.uk

I manage the social media and work on the promotion of the events.

Sofie Sibley
Sofie SibleyAccountssofie@schoolsshow.co.uk

I am responsible for the financial elements of the Shows and liaising with the bursary teams.

Promote your school's presence at the Fair

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For your website & social media

As ever, the schools who put the most into our events tend to get the best results so please do inform your audience, traffic and followers about your participation. 

Download web banners in a wide range of sizes for your website, social media and newsletters:

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Update your listing on the ISS website

Parents use the site to plan their visit and return repeatedly after the show. Views of school listings were up 130.5% in 2019 on 2018, and are rising rapidly again now. A good listing feeds your school's website. 50.4% of our visitors click from the listings to school websites.

Use the form below to submit or update your school's listing on the ISS website - changing text, details, photographs, logo and video.

We are encouraging schools to create a 'we look forward to meeting you at the Summer Fair' video to post on your social media and we will re-share on the website and on our channels. Please be as creative as you wish and share via email/dropbox or tag us.