Why join IAPS?

IAPS is a professional association for heads with over 660 members in prep, junior and pre-prep schools in the UK and overseas.  Founded in 1892, it is the largest heads’ association within the Independent Schools Council (ISC). 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. 

Members of IAPS benefit from;
  • A kitemark of quality, IAPS accredits only those schools that can demonstrate the highest standards of education
  • Affiliation to an organisation that represents over 660 of the leading prep schools in the UK and worldwide
  • A team of full-time advisers based at HQ, who have extensive experience of leading and supporting schools, who are available to offer professional and personal support to members and their schools
  • Access to a network of recognised consultants who are available for specialist advice
  • An education support service to advise and assist member schools in the drive for continuous improvement
  • An extensive range of courses and conferences designed specifically for heads, senior managers, teachers and support staff in prep schools
  • Advice on school management and administration
  • Advice and support on communications and public relations issues
  • A dedicated members’ website providing members with a “one-stop-shop” for all information needs
  • Regular electronic mailings with the latest information and advice on educational matters, school management issues and news shared on social media
  • A comprehensive induction and coaching programme for new members
  • Opportunities for fellowship and networking at our annual conference and through termly meetings in each IAPS district
  • National and international influence as the voice of early years, primary and middle school independent education
  • Access to a wide range of sporting tournaments and competitions for pupils 
  • Free advertising of vacancies via the IAPS jobs page
  • Discounted membership of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), which includes access to legal and specialist services
  • The defence and promotion of prep school education
  • The services of the Independent Schools Council (ISC)
  • Access to the NQT programme offered by the Independent Schools Teacher Induction Panel (IStip)
  • Free copies of Attain magazine, aimed at parents