Independent Schools
An all-round education 
Independent schools encourage pupils to develop their strengths outside as well as inside the classroom, ensuring that special talents in music, drama, art or sports are nurtured through a range of extra-curricular activities.

A school to suit your child
 Your child's academic needs are the top priority. Not all independent schools educate highly academic children, but there is always some form of selection. Some schools only accept children who will be able to keep up with a fast moving curriculum, whereas others will cater for children with more average abilities or specialize in helping those who need of more individual attention in a less academic environment.

Academic success
 Good independent schools enable pupils, whatever their academic ability, to achieve their best. Success is reflected in the exam results of both highly selective and less competitive schools.

Variety and choice 
The independent sector includes schools with many different styles and philosophies. Each school has its own ethos and atmosphere. Some are based in towns and cities; others, particularly boarding schools, are located in more rural areas. Some are co-educational, some single-sex, although many boys' schools now have co-educational sixth-forms.

Small classes and individual attention
 Class size at the lower end of the age range normally averages 15 to 20 pupils. In GCSE groups the number is around 12-18, and at A Level between 4 and 12. This varies from one school to another and according to subjects. Most schools have a staff:pupil ratio that ensures pupils receive plenty of individual attention in accordance with their needs.

Pastoral care
 Independent schools play a vital role in building awareness, tolerance and understanding among young people in a secure, disciplined environment. This helps them begin their own adult lives as confident and responsible individuals.

Excellent facilities
 Many schools offer first-class facilities for teaching, accommodation, sports and all aspects of school life.

Maintaining high standards 
Independent schools must meet rigorous inspection criteria. Schools in membership of one of the associations which form the Independent Schools Council must conform to strict accreditation requirements and are inspected every six years by the Independent Schools Inspectorate, which works closely with OFSTED and the DfES. Other independent schools in England and Wales are inspected by Her Majesty's Inspectorate for OFSTED.