An article in the TES (29 June 2012) reveals that ISA members have little appetite for converting to free school status.
The article, based on the findings of last year’s member survey, reports that only 10% of ISA schools would consider applying for free school status, and only then if they were in “desperate financial straits”.
ISA CEO, Neil Roskilly, is quoted as follows:
” It seems from our survey that private schools would only apply for free school status if they were in desperate financial straits. Turning into a free school means that parents are misled somewhat, as they assume that they are getting an independent school for free, but the school loses its independence and the make-up of the school changes.”