• Toby Young joins panel of education's most pre-eminent voices
  • Over 200 leading schools from across the country

The Independent Schools Show at Battersea Park from 14-15 November, has unveiled its strongest ever line-up of speakers and schools. The Show will once again provide parents with the country's leading forum for finding information and answers to the myriad of questions surrounding education options.

While parents will be able to meet face-to-face with over 200 of the country's top independent schools from across the country including the like of Eton, Cheltenham Ladies' College, Radley, Gordonstoun, Bedales, Kingham Hill and Millfield to name a few, they will also have the opportunity to hear from renowned voices within the sector at the Show's esteemed Education Theatre.

This year's Theatre programme features journalist, author and school founder Toby Young who will be debating the merits of Free versus Independent schools with Harrow Head Master, Jim Hawkins.

The Theatre's rich programme will also help provide parents with advice on issues such as:

  • how to begin choosing the right school
  • whether boarding is suitable for your child
  • what makes a great education
  • what all the options around scholarships and bursaries are
  • whether the independent sector teaches the national curriculum
  • choices around special needs *

Now in its ninth year, the Show which is free for everyone who registers in advance, has helped tens of thousands of parents make the right choice for their children. While parents can easily meet all the best schools under one roof, young children can be kept entertained with a crèche and soft play area, allowing parents to spend as much time as they need to find the answers to their questions.

Independent Schools Show Founder David Wellesley Wesley said, "With more diversity and options within education than ever before, the questions and issues facing parents are more complicated than ever. We've assembled the strongest panel of speakers and schools ever at a single Show in the UK and have every confidence that the event will provide an invaluable experience for any parent considering independent education."

Parents can register for free tickets at www.schoolsshow.co.uk, which also provides a useful School Finder tool, helping parents shortlist which schools may be relevant for their children based on school type and location.

If media would like further details on any topics surrounding independent education or to request an interview with any of the Show's speakers please contact Milly King at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 0203 7286 100.

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About the Independent Schools Show

  • The show takes place at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park
  • The show is open on Saturday 14 November from 10.00 to 17.00 and Sunday 15 November from 11.00 to 16.30
  • Tickets are free for parents who register in advance at www.schoolsshow.co.uk
  • There is free parking. Enter Battersea Park at Chelsea Bridge Gate and follow the AA signs
  • Battersea Park is outside the congestion charging zone and is easily accessible from Victoria, Clapham Junction and Queenstown Road train stations. For full transport information please visit www.schoolsshow.co.uk

A full list of schools attending can be found at www.schoolsshow.co.uk

* The Education Theatre will feature:

  • Alternatives to the Country's Most Competitive Schools – Patrick Derham, Headmaster of Westminster School
  • Free School or Independent School: Understanding the New Choices – Jim Hawkins, Head Master of Harrow School in debate with Toby Young, Associate Editor of The Spectator & Founder of several Free Schools
  • An International Curriculum – Katy Ricks, Head of Sevenoaks School
  • How to Choose the Right School – Ralph Lucas of The Good Schools Guide
  • Getting Your Child Through the London Maze – Ben Thomas, Head Master of Thomas's Battersea and Alison Flemming, Head Mistress of Newton Prep
  • How to Spot a Great Education – Julian Thomas, Head Master of Wellington College
  • Outside the Classroom: Top Schools Educate the Whole Child - Lucy Elphinstone, Head Mistress of Francis Holland, Sloane Square

N.B. additions will be made to the Education Theatre programme and a final programme issued ahead of the Show.

Sponsors this year are Westbury Child www.westburypc.com/child and the Berkeley Group, www.berkeleygroup.co.uk

2017 Show

Saturday 11 November 2017
Sunday 12 November 2017

Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park,
London, SW11 4NJ