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.
The latest developments from IAPS plus featured news stories from member schools provided by our magazine, Attain.
RT @burchygooner: Back home after a great heads conference in London! Feeling inspired and refreshed! #IAPSConf1621:54 PM - 27 Sep 2016 by @iapsuk
RT @shirleydrummon5: Lovely to hear this today, remembering Sirr Terry, thank you for sharing @iapsuk #IAPSConf16 https://t.co/c8EcguLwgf21:53 PM - 27 Sep 2016 by @iapsuk
RT @PrepHeadPrice: Heading home from my first @IAPS conference-two informative,thought provoking and fun days. Thanks to all involved in or…20:13 PM - 27 Sep 2016 by @iapsuk
RT @Royal_Russell: #IAPSConf16 @fsmschool @MarkIAPS A superb two days of fellowship and leadership lessons. Over too quickly.19:08 PM - 27 Sep 2016 by @iapsuk
RT @PhilHardyCPS: Thank you to Mark Hartley and all at @iapsuk HQ for a wonderful conference. #IAPSConf1618:31 PM - 27 Sep 2016 by @iapsuk
RT @shirleydrummon5: #IAPSConf16 excellent 2 days of discussions, networking and thought provoking speakers.@iapsuk @NatashaDevonMBE18:26 PM - 27 Sep 2016 by @iapsuk
RT @goldsmithwdj: we are preparing our children for massive global change. Balancing with fun in our schools is an incredible opportunity…18:18 PM - 27 Sep 2016 by @iapsuk
RT @biltongrangehm: Choral Evensong @wabbey the perfect way to end a great #IAPSConf16 - thank you Mark & the @iapsuk team18:17 PM - 27 Sep 2016 by @iapsuk
At IAPS, we run a well-established programme of professional development courses for staff in our member schools. All of our courses are tailored to suit the most important issues in the prep school environment. We aim to provide the best possible value and quality at all of our events.
IAPS schools sent just over 1,600 members of staff to our courses in the academic year 2015-16 and we have received outstanding feedback showing very high levels of satisfaction with course content and administration.
This year, we're working in association with AMDIS, Independent Thinking, and ISC to provide the highest quality training.
You can also download a copy of our 2016-17 Courses and Conferences brochure.
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.
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.
The IAPS Headquarters are based in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, UK.