ISC provides a single, unified organisation that speaks and acts on behalf of its member schools and the associations of governing bodies, heads and bursars by which it was constituted.
To be a member of ISC, the school head must be a member of a heads association, the school must be located in the UK or the Republic of Ireland and it must cater for pupils aged between 5 and 18 years. It does not need to include all age ranges but it is not an ISC school if it caters exclusively for nursery aged children. The Heads associations are GSA, HMC, IAPS, ISA and The Society of Heads. Information and contact details for these are listed below. Information on association membership types can be read here.
Girls' Schools Association (GSA)
108 New Walk,
The Girls’ Schools Association is the main association to which heads of girls senior independent schools belong.
Chief Executive Donna Stevens
Telephone: +44 (0)116 2541619
Headmasters' & Headmistresses' Conference (HMC)
12 The Point,
HMC represents the heads of boys', girls’ and co-educational independent senior schools in the UK. They also have international members.
General Secretary/Membership Secretary Dr Simon Hyde
Telephone: +44 (0)1858 469 059
Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS)
11 Waterloo Place,
IAPS represents the heads of independent schools for children aged from 2 to 16+, in the UK and overseas .
Chief Executive Christopher King
Telephone: +44 (0)1926 887833
Independent Schools Association (ISA)
5-7 Great Chesterford Court,
ISA members include heads from independent preparatory, senior and all-through schools.
Chief Executive Officer Rudi Eliott Lockhart
Telephone: +44 (0)1799 523619
The Society of Heads
12 The Point,
Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools (AGBIS)
3 Codicote Road,
AGBIS supports and advises governing bodies of schools in the independent sector on all aspects of governance.
Chief Executive Richard Harman
Telephone: +44 (0)1438 840 730
Independent Schools’ Bursars Association (ISBA)
ISBA provides first class support to independent schools as businesses and charities.
Chief Executive David Woodgate
Telephone: +44 (0)1256 330369
Boarding Schools' Association (BSA)
60 St Martin’s Lane,
The BSA is the UK association promoting and serving boarding education in both the independent and maintained sectors.
National Director Robin Fletcher
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7798 1580
Council of British International Schools (COBIS)
55-56 Russell Square,
COBIS serves British international schools of global quality worldwide.
COBIS CEO Colin Bell
Telephone: +44 (0)20 3826 7190
Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS)
c/o 1 St. Colme Street
SCIS promotes and supports the significant contribution made to Scottish education by independent schools, whether mainstream, specialist or special needs.
Director John Edward
Telephone: +44 (0)131 556 2316
Welsh Independent Schools Council (WISC)
2 Glenview Rise,
WISC acts as a consultative and advisory body for independent schools in Wales.
General Secretary Emma Verrier