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    A recognised kitemark of quality
    The Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS)
    represents 600 of the world's leading prep schools.
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    The best jobs in the best schools
    Search our database of forthcoming job vacancies
    at member schools across the UK and overseas.
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    Find the right school for your child
    Our members lead a variety of outstanding schools
    many with world-class reputations.
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About Us

The Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) is a schools association with around 650 of the world’s leading prep schools in membership.

Schools must reach a very high standard to be eligible for membership, with strict criteria on teaching a broad curriculum, maintaining excellent standards of pastoral care and keeping staff members’ professional development training up to date.

Although each of our schools is independent, and has its own ethos, they are all committed to delivering an excellent, well-rounded education to the pupils in their care.

We believe that schools should be unfettered by government interference and with fewer financial and other resourcing constraints than state schools, to ensure that their educational provision is tailored to the needs of the individual children.

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UK Pupils


Overseas Pupils


UK Schools


Overseas Schools


Latest News

The latest developments from IAPS plus featured news stories from member schools provided by our magazine, Attain.

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New Headmaster at the helm of the Blue Coat School

September will bring new beginnings at The Blue Coat School, Birmingham. Mr Noel Neeson will take up his appointment as the new Head, and successor to Mr Alan Browning, who is retiring after a headship of some 18 years.

Lego Prize for Year 3 Student

Year 3 student Elonnah Rodrigues-Lallement at City of London Freemen's School Junior School has won a drawing competition organised by Lego.

Pupils Detox to Stop Malaria

Pupils from City of London Freemen’s School have given up all their digital devices to help raise money to stop malaria. The Juniors were sponsored for a week long detox from phones, tablets, computer games and screens of any kind.


Courses & Conferences

IAPS runs a well-established programme of professional development courses for members and staff in their schools. IAPS members benefit from a significant discount as well as the knowledge that all courses are tailored specifically to the issues that matter most to a prep school environment.

We aim to provide the best quality and value possible at our training events. This year, we are filming many of our courses so that video can be made available on the IAPS website. We hope you agree that this adds value to our courses because when you get back to school you will be able to review aspects of your course and even share sections with your colleagues. Please be aware that a camera is likely to be present at your course. It will be unobtrusive and will focus on the speakers.

To find out more about the courses below, please click on the 'More Info' button for the relevant course and/or use the left-hand green navigation headings.

For a brochure with all the details for IAPS Courses and Conferences for the 2015-16 academic year, please click here.

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Modern prep schools offer a superb standard of education for pupils, balancing traditional values with cutting edge teaching and learning. Far from the traditional cliché of old-fashioned uniforms, rigid discipline and academic rigour, one of the key strengths of IAPS is the wide variety of schools within its membership.

Whether you are looking for a single-sex or co-ed school, day or boarding, one with a particular religious affiliation or one that provides special educational provision and facilities, there is an IAPS school for you.

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A career in an IAPS-accredited school means the opportunity to work in an environment with all the usual plusses of an independent prep school, in terms of remuneration, resources, freedom for management to plan the curriculum with minimal government interference, plus an additional layer of quality assurance by virtue of the accreditation process.

Search to find available positions at the top 600+ IAPS independent preparatory schools in the UK and overseas.


Contact Us

The IAPS Headquarters are based in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, UK.

  • 11 Waterloo Place, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV32 5LA
  • +44 (0)1926 887833
  • iaps@iaps.uk

Arriving by train? Walking directions to our office from Leamington Spa Rail Station can be viewed here.

There is very limited car parking on site. If you are visiting us, it is best to park in the Covent Garden multi-storey car park, which is in Russell Street. Please click here for a map.