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ISC census: sector shows resilience


Results of the ISC annual census 2014 are encouraging, with prep schools in particular showing a significant increase in pupil numbers


T


his year’s ISC annual census of independent schools across the UK provides confirmation of the


resilience and stability of the sector in times of continued economic uncertainty. There are more pupils of prep


school age at ISC schools, with an increase of 1.1 per cent in the number of pupils aged ten and under. There are 5,216 more pupils in this age group, auguring well for the sector’s future. Overall there are more pupils


reported at ISC schools in 2014 than in 2013. Significantly, there are now more pupils at ISC schools than there were in 2008 at the start of the economic downturn – 511,928 pupils at 1,257 ISC schools compared to 508,601 pupils at 1,223 schools in 2013. At the 1,209 schools completing the census in both 2013 and 2014, pupil numbers have held steady. There are also rises in the numbers of


pupils boarding at ISC schools, with an increase of 1.0 per cent at those schools completing the census in both 2013 and 2014. There are now 68,453 boarders at ISC schools compared to 66,766 last year. ISC schools continue to increase the value of fee assistance, by an average of


5.1 per cent this year. This brings the total value of fee assistance provided by ISC schools to over £660 million, an increase of almost £40 million over last year. Eight per cent of pupils now receive means- tested bursaries and, of these, 41.9 per cent had more than half their fees remited by their school. This reflects the long-term aim of ISC schools to increase the amount of bursary provision and widen access to their schools. By contrast, school fees


"I’M PARTICULARLY DELIGHTED THAT OUR SCHOOLS HAVE CONTINUED TO SHOW SUCH ROBUST PERFORMANCE" RUDOLF ELIOTT LOCKHART, ISC


Barnaby Lenon, ISC


chairman: “This census is about hard facts”


have shown the lowest rise for 20 years at 3.9 per cent. The census also shows that independent schools are increasingly international in their pupil population and in the university destinations to which pupils go.


As well as enrolling increasing numbers of pupils from overseas (or


whose parents are foreign nationals


living in the UK), an increasing number of ISC schools have overseas campuses. In all, 39 campuses have been opened overseas with a total student population of 22,514. Barnaby Lenon, chairman of


the Independent Schools Council, commented: “This census is about hard facts. It shows comprehensively and dispassionately what the state of the sector is. Overwhelmingly, the facts this census lays out are of a sector that is performing with resilience and stability. Parents clearly continue to value independent


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