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    A recognised kitemark of quality
    The Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS)
    represents 700 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 700 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 safety and welfare of children in our schools is the first and most important responsibility of our members. For more information and guidance on safeguarding, log into the Members' Area.

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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 Attain.

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Courses & Conferences

IAPS courses are designed to cover the most important and current issues facing Independent Prep Schools; appealing to a wide range of staff, including courses for Teaching Assistants, Safeguarding, Coaching, Pastoral Support, Mental Health first aid and Engineering in Schools. We continue to enjoy partnering with Dragonfly Training, AMCIS, AGBIS and ISC to deliver a diverse and comprehensive professional development programme. To complement our training programme, we have introduced IAPS iLearning – a digital, mobile solution to further meet the needs of IAPS staff.

You can download a copy of our 2019 - 20 Courses and Conferences Brochure

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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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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.