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  • Julie Robinson, ISC General Secretary

    "ISC schools are very diverse, with an extraordinary mix of pupils. There are single sex, co-ed, boarding and day, as well as small schools best known by their local communities."

Diversity

Our 1,300 schools and their 500,000 pupils bring great diversity to the independent schools sector.

Diversity of school type

There are 1,283 independent schools in ISC membership, with more than half a million pupils, offering a great choice of type of school all over the country.

Not all ISC schools are the larger well known public schools, with many schools best known only in their local communities.

Over half of ISC schools educate children aged under 13 and some are small: 56% of ISC schools have fewer than 350 pupils.

Over 87% of ISC pupils attend day schools, but there are 487 schools that offer the opportunity to board.

30% of pupils are from a minority ethnic background, more than in the state sector, where the figure is 28.9%.

30% of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds

Music and dance specialist schools

There are specialist schools offering the very best in music, drama and dance for children who are very talented, for example:

The Royal Ballet School

Yehudi Menuhin School

Tring Park School for the Performing Arts

Italia Conti Academy Of Theatre Arts

Sylvia Young Theatre School

Specialist schools offer music, drama and dance

Special Educational Needs

There are also specialist schools which offer the very best provision for children with special needs.

These schools are often a resource relied upon by local authorities as specialist centres to which they can send children with special educational needs.

68,400 pupils at our schools have special educational needs.

More than 31,400 pupils are identified as having dyslexia and 3,268 pupils have SEN statements.

68,400 pupils have special educational needs