What does an Independent School mean?

What does an Independent School mean?

An independent school is one that is not part of the state school system. It is independent in the sense that it is not controlled by the government, however is financed through tuition fees, charitable donations, and other private sources. Independent schools may also be called private schools or non-governmental schools. They generally have more control over their curriculum and teaching methods, and often have higher standards of academic achievement and teacher qualifications compared to state schools. Many independent schools have a religious or philosophical affiliation, although this is not always the case.

Here are a few additional points about independent schools:

  • They can be global: Independent schools can be found in many countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

  • Specialisation: Independent schools may have a particular focus or specialisation, such as a particular subject area, a particular teaching philosophy, or a particular student demographic.

  • Selective Admissions Process: Independent schools may have a selective admissions process, meaning that they only admit students who meet certain academic or other criteria. This can make it more difficult for students to gain admission to these schools.

  • More Resources: Independent schools often have more resources available to them than state schools, which can allow for a wider range of extracurricular activities and facilities.

  • Higher Costs: The cost of tuition at independent schools can vary significantly depending on the location of the school, the type of school, and other factors. In some cases, financial aid or scholarships may be available to help families cover the cost of tuition.

  • Long History / Tradition: Many independent schools have a long history and tradition, with some dating back hundreds of years.

  • Strong Values: Independent schools may have a strong emphasis on character education, teaching students values such as honesty, respect, and responsibility.

  • Personalised Approach: Independent schools may offer a more personalised approach to education, with smaller class sizes and more individual attention for students.

  • Boarding Options: Some independent schools offer boarding options, allowing students to live on campus while they attend school. This can be a good option for students who live far from the school or who want a more immersive educational experience.

  • Dress Code / Uniform: Independent schools may have a dress code or a uniform that students are required to wear. This can vary significantly from one school to another.

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