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The ISC research team works to ensure that the ISC is the hub of accurate and timely information on the independent sector in the UK.

The ISC research team works to ensure that the ISC is the hub of accurate and timely information on the independent sector in the UK.

Pupils in ISC schools account for around 80% of the total number of pupils in independent schools in the UK. The UK independent sector as a whole educates around 625,000 children in around 2,600 schools. The independent sector educates around 6.5% of the total number of school children in the UK (and over 7% of the total number of school children in England) with the figure rising to more than 18% of pupils over the age of 16.

Independent Schools Economic Impact Report

For the first time, an independent consultancy has analysed the economic benefits that independent schools bring to Britain. Its conclusions for the schools represented by the Independent Schools Council are striking:

  • An annual contribution to GDP of £9.5 billion – larger than the City of Liverpool, or the BBC
  • More than 227,000 FTE jobs in Britain supported by ISC schools – one for every two ISC pupils
  • More than £3.6 billion in tax revenues flowing into the Exchequer each year
  • Annual savings for the taxpayer of £3.0 billion – equivalent to building more than 460 new free schools every year
  • Additional annual contribution of £1.0 billion to GDP arising out of the high academic performance of ISC school pupils

Independent Schools Economic Impact Report

Our 2014 Census revealed that

  • There are 511,928 pupils at 1,257 ISC member schools, more pupils and more schools than last year.
  • 219 ISC schools are senior schools with all pupils in Year 7 or above; 609 are junior schools with all pupils in Year 8 or below; 429 are mixed age schools.
  • 956 ISC schools are co-ed; 186 are girls’ schools with no boys in year groups above nursery; 115 are boys’ schools with no girls in year groups above nursery.
  • 772 ISC schools are day schools with no boarders; 485 schools have at least one boarder.
  • 68,453 pupils at ISC schools are boarding pupils, up 1.0% on last year at those schools completing the Census in both 2013 and 2014.
  • 83.7% of Boarders are full boarders; 8.4% are weekly boarders; 7.9% are flexi-boarders.
  • There are 35,720 non-British pupils at ISC schools, 68.3% of them have parents living overseas, 31.7% have parents living in the UK.
  • 28.1% of pupils at ISC schools are from a minority ethnic background.
  • 92.2% of ISC pupils go on to Higher Education with 3.7% of these choosing to study overseas.
  • There is one teacher for every 9.3 pupils in ISC schools.
  • ISC schools provide more than £320million annually in means-tested bursaries, an increase of 5.6% on last year, with over a quarter of all pupils receiving fee assistance from their school.
  • 41.9% of pupils on means-tested bursaries have more than half of their fees remitted
  • More than 9 in 10 ISC schools are involved in partnerships with state schools or the wider community.
    2014 Annual Census

ISC Bulletin 29, June 2012

Articles include - ISC: lobbying for the independent sector, An update on public benefit, Examination access arrangements for candidates with disabilities, Independent schools and exam performance in 2011 and the ISC Census 2012 Regional breakdown.

ISC Bulletin 29: 2012

Exam results, Summer 2013

  • The percentage of A-level entries awarded A* from pupils at ISC schools remained unchanged at 18.0%, despite the national fall (7.6%, down from 7.9%).
  • 51.3% of A-level entries from pupils at ISC schools were awarded either A* or A (down slightly from 51.4%); nationally 26.3% of entries were awarded an A* or A (down from 26.6%).
  • 5.8% of all ISC candidates were awarded three or more A*s at A-level.
  • 32.0% of all GCSE and IGCSE entries received the A* grade, up from 31.0% last year (national average 8.2%, down from 8.3% in 2012).
  • 60.4% of GCSE and IGCSE entries were graded A* or A, up from 60.0% in 2012 (national average 23.0%, down from 23.7% in 2012).
  • Between 2012 and 2013 there was a 33% rise in the number of IGCSE entries from pupils at Independent Schools Council (ISC) schools.

    Exam Results 2013

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