The Independent Schools Show is a great day out
All the family will be engaged, entertained & informed.
The Independent Schools Show helps thousands of families each year to plan the next steps for their children.
The show brings together the leading schools, the brightest thinkers and the most respected heads to help you make the right decisions for your child.
All the family will be engaged, entertained & informed.
As the UK’s largest school open day, the Independent Schools Show annually welcomes 200 of the leading schools to Battersea Park. Join us at this informative and dynamic event to meet key admissions teams; speak with heads; enquire about entry requirements at all stages; explore scholarships and bursaries.
Independent Schools Show
Chelsea Bridge Entrance
London SW11 4NJ
Battersea Park is on the south side of the Thames, between Albert & Chelsea Bridge. The Evolution Centre is in the middle of the Park. There are good transport links.
The Park is outside the congestion charge zone
Parking: there are 200 free spaces at the Centre itself with 1000 pay & display places nearby.
There is a black cab rank outside Sloane Square tube station (few minutes ride away).
Keens Cars: 020 7622 6222
Addison Lee: 0844 800 6677
These buses pass by or near the Park: 19, 44, 49, 137, 156, 239, 319, 344, 345, 452
Go to the Park Entrance on the south side of Chelsea Bridge (see directions within park above)
Transport for London Bus Maps
To Sloane Square station (Circle & District lines)
Queenstown Road Station:
Exit Station to right along Queenstown Road, walk 300m, Park is on the left. (see directions within park above)
Battersea Park Station:
Exit Station to right along Battersea Park Road, walk 50m to traffic lights. Right into Queenstown Road, walk 150m. Park is on the left. (see directions within park above)
Take train to Battersea Park Station (see directions within park above)
(or take 44 bus from Victoria to Battersea Park)
Q: Is there car parking?
Yes, The Battersea Evolution has free parking for 200 cars and a larger car park next to the venue. Parking marshals will assist.
Q: Can we bring our children
Yes, we encourage children to come along and meet the schools, we also have Sharky & George entertainment, a fully staffed creche and many more activities. Also, Battersea Park has a zoo and adventure playground.
Q: Who will be on the school stands?
Perhaps the Head, but certainly the Senior Admissions staff, who explain how their school works, what it offers and why it might be right for your child.
Q: How do I choose the right school?
It's a challenge! And that's why we are here! To help you work your way into the heart of the independent sector, to understand the scope of what's on offer. There is a very right, and therefore possibly a wrong, choice for each child. Everyone at the Show knows choosing a school is one of the biggest emotional and financial choices every family will make.... We help parents with this choice every day. Come to the Show and tap into all this expertise under one roof.
Q: If I know nothing about UK private education where do I start?
Come to the Show. Come and find a member of our staff. We'll sit down with you, discuss any concerns and make suggestions as to suitable schools to meet, based on your child.
Q : How long will we be at the show?
Expect to spend a couple of hours visiting stands and short listing schools.
Q : How much does it cost?
Entry to the show is free, providing you have registered in advance. On entry, you will be given a free official show guide, which provides detailed information on each and every school at the show.
Q: Can I find out about bursaries and funding at the show?
Yes. You can ask each school whose stand you visit about their own provision.
Q : Is there food at the show?
Yes, food and drink is available in the Organic Cafe.
In order to get the most from your visit to the show it's a good idea to draw up a shortlist in advance of schools you'd like to meet. With this in mind, we have designed a free online search service to make starting this selection process easier. You can search by location, school type or speciality, depending on what takes priority for your family, to find the school that suits your child best.
Here are some key points to consider, which may come in handy for asking questions at the show:
Residential requirements: Do you prefer Day or Boarding, or a combination of both? Investigate boarding in its many different forms; occasional, "flexi" (which, as its name suggests, means schools that offer many different packages), weekly or full. If you want your child to stay at school over a weekend find out how many others will be there, and in what age groups. This is particularly important with younger boarders.
Co-ed or single sex?
Religious requirements: Do you want a faith-based school?
Geographical requirements: UK or overseas? Urban or rurul environment?
School and class size: Small or large? Class sizes? Numbers staying on to the Sixth Form?
Age-group range: Through-school (3-18) or pre-prep, prep or 11+ or 13+ or Sixth Form College? Or a combination?
International reach: How many join the Sixth Form from other UK schools? From overseas?
Special focus: Specialist provision for sport, for special educational needs, for the creative and performing arts?
Class organisation: Are children, particularly in senior schools, taught according to ability ("setted" or "streamed")
All-round activities: What does the extra-curricular programme look like? A long list of activities is great, but it's a good idea to look into whether all that is advertised is actually on offer
League tables and exam results: Exam results in individual subjects may well show a school's strength, but not always (for instance German pupils in the Sixth Form may flatter the figures in this subject) but they can be useful starting points for a conversation. Bear in mind too that many leading schools have withdrawn from League Tables, not least because their pupils are entered for public examinations ahead of government approved ages and thus their results don't "count" in this somewhat arbitrary measurement
Academic potential: Ask, particularly at smaller and perhaps less academically selective schools, about their measurement for adding value - that is how they take pupils' learning beyond their assessed point at entry.