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Description: ISA
The Independent Schools Association (ISA) brings the Headteachers of over 650 independent schools together, representing the diverse range of independent education practised across the UK and overseas. Established in 1878, ISA is one of the oldest of the associations that make up the Independent Schools Council (ISC).
ISA exists to provide professional support, fellowship and opportunity to their 651 Members who nurture and develop over 130,000 pupils within their schools. Promoting best practice and fellowship remains at the core of ISA, as it did when it began over 145 years ago.
ISA supports Headteachers using their independence to meet the specific needs of their pupils. At ISA there are schools with different approaches to the curriculum, schools with different religious characters, and none, and schools with different ways of operating. This all contributes to a wide-ranging membership, not confined to any one type of school, but including all: nursery, pre-preparatory, junior and senior, all-through schools, coeducational, single-sex, boarding, day, bilingual, performing arts and specialist provision.
As well as tailored professional development opportunities for ISA Members through their programme of courses and conferences, pupils in ISA schools benefit through their Head’s membership with access to the extensive ISA Sport and Arts programmes. ISA Sport champions inclusion in physical activity for young people across 54 national (and over 150 regional) events. ISA Arts helps schools inspire creativity, expression and individuality across the arts with both virtual and in-person events. Also, the annual ISA Awards ceremony celebrates excellence and innovation across Members’ schools.
The ISA central office also provides advice to Members in areas such as HR, curriculum, finance, leadership and governance, and represents the views of its membership at national and governmental levels. A strong regional network of fellow Heads supports each Member, and all Members receive a complimentary compliance check in the run-up to their next scheduled inspection, as well as an annual pastoral visit from a dedicated regional ambassador.
Membership is open to independent school Heads and Proprietors provided they meet the necessary criteria, which include accreditation by any government-approved inspectorate.
Council and Officers 2023–2024
President: Lord Lexden OBE
Independent Trustees:
Andrew Hampton
Claire Osborn
Richard Walden
Honorary Officers:
Chair: Jeff Shaw
Vice-Chair: Phil Soutar
Vice-Chair: Natasha Dangerfield
Elective Councillors:
Matthew Burke
Irfan Latif
Allan Cairns
Stephen McKernan
Helen Chalmers
Geraldine Maidment
Lawrence Collins
Kevin Samson
Andrew Hammond
Oliver Scott
Christopher Hammond
James Wilding
Sue Knox
Area Coordinators:
East Anglia: Pauline Wilson
Midlands: David Preston
London North: Amanda Campbell
North: Jeremy Duke
London South: Dominic Price
South West: Dionne Seagrove
London West: Jonathan Hetherington
Chief Executive Officer: Rudolf Eliott Lockhart
Deputy Chief Executive Officer: Peter Woodroffe
Director of Education and Inclusion: Helen Stanton-Tonner
Professional Development Officer: Alice Thompson
Office Manager and PA to the CEO: Karen Goddard
Independent Schools Association
ISA House, 5–7 Great Chesterford Court, Great Chesterford, Essex CB10 1PF
Tel: 01799 523619 • email: isa@isaschools.org.uk