Member Zone

As an ISA Member, your school is entitled to access ISA’s full range of services, as outlined below.

Support and Advice for Independent Schools

We understand that ISA’s support and fellowship is one of the most valuable elements of membership for our Heads. We supply a wide range of support and advice – our over-riding message is that we are here to help and no concern is too small.

ISA HQ Support

Support and advice is readily available from ISA HQ by telephone or online from our team of experts. We aim to be prompt, friendly and helpful – talk to our well-trained staff for impartial and informed advice on areas as varied as staffing, compliance, curriculum and leadership. For the most rapid response to a question, please email the ISA Support Line.

National and International Lobbying 

A number of members represent ISA on external bodies such as the Department for Education, Independent Schools Inspectorate and the Independent Schools Council.

ISA accreditation also brings your school into the Independent Schools Council (ISC), who represent the interests of all UK accredited independent schools to government and its agencies; politicians of all parties; the media; and other opinion-formers. The ISC Press Office is responsible for relations with national, regional and international media.

Regional Support

ISA’s regional structure means that serving Heads are always nearby to support you, through pastoral visits and help and advice with specific school issues. Our Regional Ambassadors provide an additional layer of support and advice, providing yearly visits to all ISA members.

Your membership brings you and your school into a network of colleagues in your area. Our seven regional areas each offer a range of events and activities, including meetings, training and pupil competitions. Click here for details of each Area Committee, together with information on forthcoming events and meeting dates and times.

Wherever your school is located, ISA is a close and supportive presence, ready to share knowledge and experience.

The ISA Online Support Community

You can sign up to our extensive online support community that covers all aspects of independent school education. Members across the country share resources and guidance, as well as immediate updates on the latest legislation and best practice.

ISA Mentoring

If you are in your first couple of years of headship and would like a mentor, or if you would like to be a mentor for a new head, then please contact Peter Woodroffe.

Courses and Training

ISA’s Professional Development Programme provides high quality training opportunities for a wide range of school staff, promoting excellence in independent education and helping Heads and their staff to keep up to date with the latest best practice. We also put on four major conferences each year, which provide an excellent forum to meet and network with colleagues from schools of other ISA members.

You can download the Professional Development Programme, and find booking information on the pages here.

Sporting Opportunities & Competitions

ISA’s Sports programme is one of the largest offered to Independent schools in the UK and includes an extensive range of high-profile events, often at some of the country’s most prestigious venues such as the London Olympic Park.

For professional development opportunities available please click here.

Area Competitions

As a member, your pupils have access to an Area programme of events coordinated annually by a designated Area Sports Coordinator, which are hosted and organised by member schools. View your area sports programme here. 

National Competitions

Your school also is able to enter our prestigious National Sports events. Some competitions require Area qualification in order to reach the National Finals, and while others can be directly entered without qualification. View our extensive offering of national events here.

Arts Opportunities & Competitions

ISA Arts runs a range of competitions and events that give pupils and schools the opportunity to showcase their artistic talents and participate against other schools. The offering for arts is continuously growing, and ranges from online events, to national competitions that give pupils the opportunity to perform on stage at esteemed venues. View the full range of arts opportunities for your pupils here. 

Other helpful resources

Schools in membership can benefit from a range of other helpful resources and services through ISA, which you can view in the submenu to this page.

Please get in touch with ISA’s Deputy CEO, Peter Woodroffe if you would like to discuss any aspect of membership.