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The Independent Schools Council brings together seven associations of independent schools, their heads, bursars and governors.

Through our member associations we represent over 1,300 independent schools in the UK and overseas. These schools are ranked among the best in the world and educate more than half a million children each year.

What we do at ISC

ISC’s work is carried out by a small number of dedicated professionals working out of our offices in Central London. We are assisted by the contributions from expert advisory groups in specialist areas. 

Our priorities are set by the board of directors led by our Chairman, Barnaby Lenon. We are tasked by our members to protect and promote the sector in everything we do.

ISC Objectives

The aim of ISC is to be a service organisation promoting and protecting the independent education sector

ISC has three main functions:

1. Policy and public affairs

  • Political engagement
  • Consultations, inquiries (policy and compliance)
  • Independent Schools Inspectorate
  • Cross-sector relations
  • School engagement
  • All Party Parliamentary Group on Independent Education

2. Media and communications

  • Social media
  • Press/broadcast
  • Publications
  • Web
  • Schools Together
  • Internal communications
  • Daily News Summary

3. Research and data

  • Census
  • Medical schools survey
  • Public exam results analysis
  • Economic impact report
  • Portal/data tools
  • Bespoke research projects
  • Impact evaluation materials

For parents ISC offers the following information online:

  • School Search
  • Guidance on how to apply to an independent school
  • Information on SEND provision

School fees assistance and bursary advice

We are unable to assist parents with complaints, recommend schools, provide league tables or offer direct school fee assistance or bursaries. 

London 2023
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Further Information
Barnaby Lenon
Age Range:
Nursery & Pre-Prep
Queen Anne's Gate, England, Greater London, SW1H 9BU

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