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.

Active member

  • 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
  • The head will be head of a school that educates no further than KS4
  • The head will have sufficient autonomy, defined as;
    • responsibility for the management and internal regulation of the school
    • the appointment and direction of staff
    • the selection, welfare and discipline of pupils
  • The head will be appropriately qualified (higher education qualification)
  • 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
  • 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
  • The school is of standard – compliant and achieving good or above in gradings from inspection

Retired member

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

Honorary member

A member, in the opinion of Council, who has provided exceptional service to prep school education.

Executive Head

Shall oversee a number of schools, of which the majority of eligible schools and their heads are/or will be full members of IAPS