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Useful Contacts

 
This section provides contact details for a selection of organisations that will be able to provide you with further information about boarding schools and studying in the UK. The information below is based on information on each organisation’s website.
 
GENERAL INFORMATION
 
Naval Families Federation (NFF)
Castaway House
311 Twyford Avenue
Portsmouth
Hampshire PO2 8RN
Tel: +44 (0)23 9265 4374
 
Army Families Federation (AFF)
IDL 414, Floor 1, Zone 7 
Ramillies Building 
Marlborough Lines
Monxton Road
Andover SP11 8HJ
Tel: +44 (0)1264 382324 (Mil: 94391 2324)
 
RAF Families Federation 
13–15 St Georges Road
Wittering
Peterborough PE8 6DL
Tel: +44 (0)1780 781650
 
Independent Schools Council information and advice service (ISCias)
First Floor
27 Queen Anne's Gate
London  SW1H 9BU
Tel: +44 (0)20 7766 7070
ISC offers free and impartial advice about the sector
 
Independent Schools Show
Held every autumn in Battersea Park, London
2016 dates: November 12 and 13
The Education Theatre at ISS London                                 
Battersea Evolution
Chelsea Bridge Entrance                                                  
Battersea Park,                                                                      
London SW11 4NJ
Tickets: +44 (0)203 301 0299
 
Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA)
The BSA is the UK association promoting and serving boarding education in both the independent and maintained sectors
BSA 
4th Floor
134–136 Buckingham Palace Road
London SW1W 9SA 
Contact: Hilary Moriarty, National Director
Tel: +44 (0)20 7798 1580
 
State Boarding Schools’ Association (SBSA)
c/o The Boarding Schools' Association

4th Floor

134–136 Buckingham Palace Road

London SW1W 9SA
Tel: +44 (0)20 7798 1580

 
OTHER USEFUL CONTACTS 
 
Department for Education (DfE)                                  
Castle View House                                                       
East Lane                                                                      
Runcorn                                                                         
Cheshire                                                                        
WA7 2GJ
Tel: 0370 000 2288
Typetalk: 18001 0370 000 2288
 
ISCis Ireland
5 Sandycove Avenue East
Sandycove
County Dublin
Republic of Ireland
Tel: 00 353 1280 95454
Regional Director: Palmer Carter 
 
Welsh Independent Schools Council (WISC)
2 Glenview Rise
Newbridge
Gwent NP11 4HZ
Tel: +44 (0)779 189 1593
General Secretary: Emma Verrier
 
Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS)
61 Dublin Street 
Edinburgh EH3 6NL 
Tel: +44 (0)131 556 2316   
Director: John Edward
Independent Schools Careers Organisation (ISCO) 
The Inspiring Futures Foundation
St George’s House
Knoll Road
Camberley
Surrey GU15 3SY
Tel: +44 (0)1276 687500
Provides information and advice on careers and higher education choices for pupils in ISCO member schools
 
Independent Schools Examinations Board (ISEB) 
Endeavour House
Crow Arch Lane
Ringwood  BH24 1HP
Tel:  +44 (0)1425 470555
Administers exams for pupils transferring to independent senior schools (at ages 11–13+)
 
Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) 
CAP House
9–12 Long Lane
London EC1A 9HA
Tel: +44 (0)20 7600 0100
ISI ensures high standards among ISC member schools by carrying out inspections
 
International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) 
Peterson House
Malthouse Avenue
Cardiff Gate
Cardiff, 
Wales CF23 8GL
Tel: +44 (0)29 2054 7777
The IBO administers the International Baccalaureate in schools in over 100 countries around the world
 
Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
Rosehill
New Barn Lane 
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire GL52 3LZ
Tel: +44 (0)371 468 0468 
UCAS receives and processes applications for undergraduate admission to UK universities and university-sector colleges
 
Educational Grants Advice 
Independent Schools Council
c/o Royal National Children's Foundation
Sandy Lane 
Cobham
Surrey KT11 2ES
Tel: +44 (0)1932 865619 (answered between 9am and 11am weekdays)
 
The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation
Portland House
Bressenden Place
London   SW1E 5RS
Tel: +44 (0)20 7869 8141
 
 
INFORMATION FOR OVERSEAS PARENTS AND BOARDERS
 
Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students (AEGIS)
Mrs Janet Bowman, AEGIS Secretary
66 Humphreys Close
Randwick, Stroud
Gloucestershire GL5 4NY
Tel: +44 (0)1453 755160
 
British Council
Bridgewater House
58 Whitworth Street
Manchester M1 6BB
Tel: +44 (0)161 957 7755
 
Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS)
Trenchard Lines
Upavon
Pewsey
Wiltshire SN9 6BE
Tel: +44 (0)1980 618244 (Mil: 94344 8244)
The helpline is staffed 8.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday; an answer phone is available at all other times
 
National Academic Recognition Information Centre 
(UK NARIC)
Oriel House
Oriel Road 
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire GL50 1XP
Tel: +44 (0)871 330 7033
Provides advice on overseas qualifications accepted by UK institutions; queries should be sent in writing
 
UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)
9–17 St Albans Place
London N1 0NX
Tel: +44 (0)20 7288 4330
Advice line: +44 (0)20 7788 9214
Textphone: 18001 020 788 9214                         
Email: enquiries@ukcisa.org.uk                          
UKCISA looks after the needs and interests of international students; offers free information and advice to international students already in the UK, and to prospective international students around the world. Provides advice by telephone only. Advice line is open 1pm to 4pm Monday to Friday.    
 
 
SPECIAL NEEDS INFORMATION
 
British Dyslexia Association (BDA)
Unit 8 Bracknell Beeches
Old Bracknell Lane 
Bracknell RG12 7BW
Tel: 0845 251 9003  
Offers information and help to families, professionals and dyslexic individuals. The helpline is open 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm Monday to Friday and closed on Wednesday afternoons.   
 
Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils (CReSTeD)
Old Post House 
Castle Street
Whittington 
Shropshire SY11 4DF
Tel: 0845 601 5013
CReSTeD provides a free list of schools approved for its SpLD (dyslexia) provision. Forces children attending schools listed under categories DSP, SPS and DU may qualify for help with fees from the CEAS
 
Dyslexia Action
Park House
Wick Road
Egham
Surrey TW20 0HH
Tel: +44 (0)1784 222300
Carries out assessments of children and adults who may be dyslexic, provides tuition, trains specialist teachers, develops teaching materials and conducts research
 
Disability Rights UK
Ground Floor
CAN Mezzanine
49-51 East Rd 
London   N1 6AH
Tel: +44 (0)20 7250 8181
 
SSAFA Forces Help, CHSS
4 St Dunstan’s Hill
London EC3R 8AD
Tel: +44 (0)207 403 8783
Direct Line to Special Needs and Disability Advisor: 
+44 (0)207 463 9234
Web: www.ssafa.org.uk
 
 
SPECIALIST SCHOOLS INFORMATION
 
Choir Schools’ Association (CSA)
CSA Administrator
39 Grange Close
Winchester
Hampshire SO23 9RS
Tel: +44 (0)1962 890530
An association of UK boarding and day schools attached to cathedrals, churches and college chapels
 
Music and Dance Scheme
The UK government’s Music and Dance Scheme provides funding for exceptionally talented children to study at specialist schools
 
RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS INFORMATION
 
Church of England
Woodard Schools Head Office
High Street
Abbots Bromley
Rugeley
Staffordshire WS15 3BW
Tel: +44 (0)1283 840120
A corporation of 45 Church of England schools in England and Wales
 
Methodist Independent Schools Trust
25 Marylebone Road
London NW1 5JR
Email: admin@methodisteducation.co.uk                    
Tel: +44 (0)20 7935 3723
An umbrella organisation for the 14 independent Methodist schools in the UK
 
Catholic Independent Schools’ Conference (CISC)
John Shinkwin
General Secretary
Laetare
Ashampstead Rd 
Aldworth
Reading RG8 9RY
Tel: +44 (0)1635 578817
 
ISC CONSTITUENT MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS
 
The Council provides a single, unified organisation that speaks and acts on behalf of the associations of governing bodies, heads and bursars by which it was constituted (listed below and on the next page). ISC promotes member schools’ common interests at the political level by making representations to government ministers, politicians of all parties, civil servants and the media. It also has overall responsibility for the Independent Schools Inspectorate, which ensures high standards among ISC schools, teacher recruitment campaigns, the ISC teacher induction panel, which enables several hundred newly qualified teachers in ISC schools each year to obtain Qualified Teacher Status, and other matters. The eight constituent associations of ISC are listed below and on the next page.
 
Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools (AGBIS)
AGBIS represents the interests of the governing bodies of ISC schools
AGBIS 
The Grange  
3 Codicote Road
Welwyn
Herts AL6 9LY 
Contact: Stuart Westley, General Secretary
Tel: +44 (0)1438 840 730
 
Council of British International Schools (COBIS)
COBIS represents accredited British Schools abroad, anywhere in the world
COBIS
St Mary’s University College
Strawberry Hill
Twickenham TW1 4SX
Tel: +44 (0)208 240 4142
 
Girls’ Schools Association (GSA)
GSA is the main association to which heads of girls’ senior independent schools belong
GSA
130 Regent Road
Leicester LE1 7PG 
Contact: Sheila Cooper, Executive Director
Tel: +44 (0)116 2541619
 
Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC)
HMC represents the heads of over 240 boys’ and co-educational independent senior schools
HMC
12 The Point
Rockingham Road 
Market Harborough
Leicestershire LE16 7QU 
Contact: William Richardson, General Secretary
Tel: +44 (0)1858 469 059
 
Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS)
Represents the heads of more than 570 boys’, girls’ and co-educational preparatory schools for children aged from 2 to 13
IAPS
11 Waterloo Place
Leamington Spa 
Warwickshire CV32 5LA 
Contact: David Hanson, Chief Executive
Tel: +44 (0)1926 887833
 
Independent Schools Association (ISA)
ISA members include heads of some 300 preparatory, senior and all-through schools
ISA
ISA House
5-7 Court
Great Chesterford
Essex CB10 1PF
Contact: Neil Roskilly, Chief Executive
Tel: +44 (0)1799 523619
 
Independent Schools’ Bursars Association (ISBA)
ISBA represents the bursars of over 800 senior and junior schools 
ISBA
Bluett House
Unit 11–12, Manor Farm
nr Basingstoke
Hampshire RG25 2JB 
Contact: Mike Lower, General Secretary
Tel: +44 (0)1256 330369
 
The Society of Heads 
The Society of Heads represents the heads of independent schools of all sizes, many of which have a long tradition of boarding
12 The Point
Rockingham Road
Market Harborough
Leicestershire LE16 7QU 
Contact: Dr Peter Bodkin, General Secretary
Tel: +44 (0)1858 433760 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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