Preparatory / Junior Schools
Why choose an independent school?
Independent education offers a number of advantages for parents looking to choose the right school for their child. The high quality of teaching, sound discipline and an environment which enables children to take a responsible attitude towards their work are just some of the reasons why the sector continues to flourish. Although the number of school-age children in the UK has fallen in recent years, numbers in the independent sector have continued to rise
Many people mistakenly believe that independent education is only for the very wealthy. A recent survey carried out by the Independent Schools Council (ISC) found that significant numbers of independent school pupils come from areas where the household income is below or equivalent to the national average. This shows that many parents from lower and middle incomes are prepared to make financial sacrifices to secure a better education for their child.
So what makes an Independent School Council (ISC) school so attractive?
After-hours care, a range of great indoor and outdoor activities and excellent sports provision are some of the reasons. Lower pupil/teacher ratios also mean that these children receive the specially tailored attention they need. Parents can choose from co-educational or single sex education and different boarding options offer flexibility for working parents and home-from-home comforts for their children.
To help with costs, many schools offer financial assistance in the form of scholarships or bursaries. Other charities and trusts may sometimes be able to help too.
The Independent Schools Council (ISC) offers free and impartial advice on all aspects of independent education across the UK. Parents can search for schools which match their criteria at www.isc.co.uk/ParentZone_FAQs.htm