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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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160,000

UK Pupils

10,000

Overseas Pupils

608

UK Schools

44

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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Babington House GCSE Examination Results

Huge smiles, tears of joy and great relief at Babington House as pupils collect their GCSE examination results.

Lao Ambassador visits Shrewsbury House

Independent prep school Shrewsbury House in Surbiton, was recently visited by Lao Ambassador HE Sayakane Sisouvong to recognise 'CONVERSION', a sports shoes donation scheme driven by local parents, schools and clubs.

Two Dragons in World Youth Bridge Championships

One current Dragon and one Old Dragon play for England in the 2016 World Youth Bridge Championships in Italy

 
 

Courses & Conferences

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.

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Schools

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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Jobs

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.