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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)

Suite 105,
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

Email: office@gsa.uk.com

Website: www.gsa.uk.com

Headmasters' & Headmistresses' Conference (HMC)

12 The Point,
Rockingham Road,
Market Harborough,
LE16 7QU

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

Email: office@hmc.org.uk

Website: www.hmc.org.uk

Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS)

Bishop’s House
Artemis Drive
Tachbrook Park
CV34 6UD

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

Email: iaps@iaps.uk

Website: iaps.uk

Independent Schools Association (ISA)

ISA House,
5-7 Great Chesterford Court,
Great Chesterford,
CB10 1PF

ISA members include heads from independent preparatory, senior and all-through schools.

Chief Executive Officer Rudi Eliott Lockhart

Telephone: +44 (0)1799 523619

Email: isa@isaschools.org.uk

Website: www.isaschools.org.uk

The Society of Heads

Office 101b
Harborough Grow-On Centre
Compass Point Business Park, Northampton Road
Market Harborough
LE16 9HW

The Society of Heads represents the heads of independent schools of all sizes, many of which have a long tradition of boarding.

Chief Executive Officer Clive Rickart

Telephone: +44 (0)1858 433760

Email: info@thesocietyofheads.org.uk

Website: www.thesocietyofheads.org.uk

Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools (AGBIS)

The Grange,
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

Email: enquiries@agbis.org.uk

Website: www.agbis.org.uk

Independent Schools’ Bursars Association (ISBA)

Unit 11-12,
Manor Farm,
RG25 2JB

ISBA provides first class support to independent schools as businesses and charities.

Chief Executive David Woodgate

Telephone: +44 (0)1256 330369

Email: office@theisba.org.uk

Website: www.theisba.org.uk

Affiliated Organisations

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

Email: bsa@boarding.org.uk

Website: www.boarding.org.uk

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

Email: ceo@cobis.org.uk

Website: www.cobis.org.uk

Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS)

c/o 1 St. Colme Street Edinburgh EH3 6AA

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

Email: info@scis.org.uk

Website: www.scis.org.uk

Welsh Independent Schools Council (WISC)

2 Glenview Rise,
NP11 4HZ

WISC acts as a consultative and advisory body for independent schools in Wales.

General Secretary Emma Verrier

Telephone: 07791891593

Email: info@welshisc.co.uk

Website: www.welshisc.co.uk