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Description: IAPS
IAPS is the voice of independent prep and linked junior school education. We work with and lobby governments on an international stage to ensure the needs of our members, and the independent sector as a whole, are met.
Schools can only join IAPS if they have been accredited through a satisfactory inspection and the head is suitably qualified. In addition, they must demonstrate the highest standards of education and care. Our member schools offer an all-round, values-led, broad education which produces confident, adaptable, motivated children with a lifelong passion for learning.
While the values may be the same, each of our schools is independent and distinct: we have single-sex and co-educational, boarding, day and mixed, urban and rural. Sizes vary from more than 800 pupils to around 100.
We have one of the independent sector’s top training programmes which includes a broad range of professional development courses. New members are offered a highly qualified IAPS coach as support and members are divided into district groups by geographical location, giving them the chance to meet with fellow heads on a regular basis. We organise sporting tournaments for pupils to a national standard in a wide range of sports. Our annual conference brings together members and leaders in educational thinking, politics and business.
With 618 member schools in the UK and 46 abroad, IAPS offers excellent opportunities to members for fellowship and networking.
The Board and Officers for 2021–2022
Chair: Andrew Nott
Vice-Chair: Charlotte Johnston
Members of the Board:
Martin Barker
Mark Brearey
Matthew Bryan
Richard Chapman
Amanda Childs
Christine Cook
John Gilmour
Vicky Gocher
David Goulbourn
Philip Hardy
Luke Harrison
Sean Price
Elaine Rawlings
Rebecca Smith
Clive Smith-Langridge
Finola Stack
William Toleman
Mark Turner
Chief Executive: Christopher King
Director of Education: Celia Etchegoyen (interim)
Director of Membership Services: Emilie Darwin
Head of Finance: Jackie Moore
Membership Secretary: Petra Hancock
Association Administrator: Christine McCrudden
Independent Association of Prep Schools
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