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education and our schools are seen as amongst the best in the world. “At the heart of our schools are high

standards that put our schools ahead of the competition, with a tremendous record of academic achievement, stimulating opportunities for pupils outside the classroom and a professional approach to pastoral care.” Rudolf Eliot Lockhart, deputy general

secretary and head of research at the Independent Schools Council, said: “Every year we undertake to conduct the census to the highest standards of rigour and research and this report marks the culmination of a seven-month process. It is important we document and track the year-on-year trends and performance in our sector: we’ve been doing this for four decades and have built up a valuable record of how independent schools have changed over this period. This year I’m particularly delighted that our schools have continued to show such robust performance, with a growth in the numbers of pupils under ten and an increase in the number of boarders.” The 2014 census includes data on

all 1,257 schools in UK membership of the constituent associations of ISC. These schools comprise 1,189 schools in England; 33 in Scotland; 18 in Wales; 10 in Northern Ireland; five in the Channel Islands; and two in the Isle of Man. iE

You can download a copy of the full census for 2014 (and for previous years) by visiting the ISC website:

Key results

The ISC census was carried out in January 2014, with all 1,257 UK member schools taking part. Key results include:

✥ GENDER Girls constitute 48.9 per cent of pupils, boys 51.1 per cent. Of the 1,257 schools participating, 186 are girls’ schools, 115 boys’ schools and 956 co-educational. Of these, 609 are junior schools (all pupils are in year 8 or below), 219 senior (all pupils are in year 7 and above) and 429 mixed age.

✥ DAY/BOARDING Of the schools taking part, 772 are day schools and 485 are schools with boarders (schools with at least one boarding pupil). The split between boarding and day pupils overall is 13.4 per cent boarding, 86.6 per cent day.

✥ PUPIL-TEACHER RATIO On average at ISC schools, there are 9.3 pupils for every teacher. The total number of full- time equivalent teachers is 54,927.

✥ PUPILS FROM OVERSEAS A total of 24,391 pupils were non-British with parents living overseas. This figure equates to 4.8 per cent of the total ISC pupil population. In addition, there are a further 11,329 non-British nationals whose parents live in the UK.

✥ ETHNIC DIVERSITY In total, 28.1 per cent of ISC pupils are from a

minority ethnic background.

✥ SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS 66,579 pupils at ISC schools have been identified as having special educational needs.

✥ FEES Fees rose by an average of 3.9 per cent – the lowest annual rise since 1994. The overall average termly fee is now £4,998 (excluding nursery fees).

✥ FEE ASSISTANCE Just over a third (33.4 per cent) of pupils receive help with their fees. ISC schools provide more than £660 million in fee assistance annually. The value of means- tested bursaries rose by 5.6 per cent, while the value of scholarships rose by 3.1 per cent.

✥ PARTNERSHIPS Nine out of ten ISC schools are involved in partnerships with state schools or the wider community. 1,151 ISC schools share facilities and expertise with people outside the sector. Similarly, 403 ISC schools open access to pupils from maintained schools to attend certain lessons or educational events; 120 help prepare A-level pupils at maintained schools for entry into higher education; and 69 second teaching staff to maintained schools.

✥ HIGHER EDUCATION More than 90 per cent (92.2 per cent) of pupils leave ISC schools and go on to higher education, 3.7 per cent of these chose to continue education beyond the UK.

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