It is the operational head of the school who applies for membership, if successful, then the school is accredited as an IAPS school, both the school and the head become members of IAPS.

Head - Active member

  1. There should be 100 or more pupils in the school, aged between 2 and 16. The majority of the children will fall within a core age range of 4 to 13.
  2. The Head will be head of a school that educates no further than KS4.
  3. The Head will have sufficient autonomy, defined as;
    1. responsibility for the management and internal regulation of the school
    2. the appointment and direction of staff
    3. the selection, welfare and discipline of pupils
  4. The Head will be appropriately qualified (higher education qualification).
  5. The school complies with the law and offers all employees a pension scheme.  For teachers, the best possible scheme might be the Government Teachers’ Pension Scheme always recognising that market conditions and prevailing provision in the independent sector may vary from this.
  6. All members of teaching staff are offered salaries in writing that are reasonable, taking into account market conditions and prevailing rates of pay in the independent sector.
  7. The school is of standard – compliant and achieving good or above in gradings from inspection.

Principal - Active member

Head of an all though school who has direct responsibility for pupils within a linked junior/prep school, meeting the criteria above with the exception of no.2.

Where there is a head of the junior/prep section that meets the criteria, they are/will be full members of IAPS (prior to the Principals’ membership being granted). Principals membership fee would then be 50% of the IAPS member.

Executive Head - Active member

Shall oversee a number of schools, of which at least one of the eligible schools and their head are or can be full members of IAPS (prior to the Executive Heads’ membership being granted, the head of the eligible school must secure full membership)

Senior Leader

Senior leaders (defined as Deputy Head or similar senior position with whole school responsibilities) are eligible to apply for membership if a Head (inc. Executive Head/Principal) is in membership of the association

Honorary member

An Active/Retired Member or person, in the opinion of Council, that has provided exceptional service to prep school education

Retired member

The head will have previously been an active member of IAPS.