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83% of independent schools “not overly concerned” March 26, 2012

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in Independent Education.

As the John Catt Educational team begin our work on Which School? 2013, the 88th edition of our highly-respected guide to independent education in the UK, there are encouraging signs that independent schools are continuing to thrive despite the testing economic conditions.

A survey of school staff conducted at the recent Capita’s SIMS Independent Schools’ Conference has revealed that most fee-paying schools are not worried about keeping pupil numbers up or the potential competition from state-funded schools.

The survey showed that over 83% of respondents were either not at all concerned or only slightly concerned about falling pupil numbers. More than 60% of respondents also indicated that they are not concerned about having to compete with state schools to attract pupils, proving that there is adequate room for both sectors in helping to provide an excellent education for the UK’s youngsters.

Julie Booth, head of independent schools at Capita SIMS, said: ““The results suggest that many schools are confident in their ability to deliver educational excellence and bring pupils through their doors, despite the continuing squeeze on household budgets.”

Which School? 2013, set for publication in September 2012, is the leading guide to independent education in the UK. Carrying details of over 2000 schools across the length and breadth of the country, the guide also includes authoritative editorial from key names and a comprehensive appendix of information on associations, curricula and examinations.

Please email us for details on how your school can feature in Which School? 2013. The 2012 edition can be purchased via the John Catt Bookshop.



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