Agents at the Show

The Independent Schools Show invites agents to attend.

What's NEW?

  • Agents Lounge:  Our new hub for agents to work, meet and network with schools. For registered agents only.

  • Welcome talk:  The Schools Show team plus our panel of experts will explain how to approach schools and how make good use of the show. This will take place in the Agents' Lounge.

    10:15-10:45 Saturday 
    11:15-11:45 Sunday (after Remembrance)

  • Networking Meets in the Agents Lounge: Meet our experts, schools and other agents

    12pm & 2pm Saturday
    1pm Sunday .
Agent's Loung

Agents' Guide 2023

Vital information to help you make the most of your visit to the Show

Download the Agents' Guide to find out about the agent specific events at the Show this year. 

Agents are welcome to atttend all the parent talks - view the programme here.


When you arrive at the Show you will receive a printed copy of this Guide along with your lanyard

Expert Advice for Agents

Get expert advice on key topics from UK child visas to building your credentials with schools

Neil Herrington
Neil HerringtonHead of International Student Recruitment, Cognita
Neil Herrington is Head of International Student Recruitment for the private day schools group Cognita (Europe). He began his career in international education with the British Council and held various student recruitment leadership roles at UK universities before joining Cognita in 2019.
Samantha Davidson
Samantha DavidsonConsulting Corporate client contact, Bennett's Education
Based in London, Samantha is Bennett’s Education Consulting Corporate client contact for the EMEA region. Bennett supports corporate families with school & university placements for their children, when relocating across the Globe.
Timothy Brogan-Shaw
Timothy Brogan-ShawUK Visas & Immigration Compliance Manager, Cognita
Tim is the UKVI Compliance Manager for the private schools group Cognita in the UK. He has a pivotal role in providing immigration advice within the Student Route, assigning CAS, and ensuring the training of school staff and education agents on student visas and UKVI compliance.
Máire Buttimer
Máire ButtimerAgent Liaison, Independent Schools Show
Máire has has worked in the education sector since 2012 holding Director of Admissions roles as well as being a member of schools’ senior management team. For the last 5 years, she has specialised in international student admissions working closely with agents globally placing their students in schools in the UK, France and Switzerland. She will be your point of contact at the event

Register for Agents' Tickets

The Independent Schools Show invites agents to attend.

  • Do you place international students in the world’s leading independent schools?
  • Would you like to meet face-to-face with admissions teams from 200 of the world’s top UK independent schools?
  • Would you like FREE entry to the Show? Advance tickets are free, £50 on the door.
  • All agents attending the Show MUST register for this ticket. Unregistered agents will not be allowed in the building.

Please make sure you & your colleagues select the AGENTS' ticket when registering.

It is VERY important that you complete all the fields on the registration form.

What Is the Independent Schools Show?

The Independent Schools Show is the world’s largest school open day, where parents meet the UK’s leading schools. The Show, now in its fifteenth year, takes place annually in November over a weekend. In 2023 the Show takes place on 11-12 November.

All exhibitors are asked to opt-in if they would like to see agents. Agents who register in advance and are approved by ISS have a unique opportunity to meet the admissions staff and leaders of the most prestigious independent schools without travelling hundreds of miles.

This is a fantastic opportunity to build long-term partnerships with the world’s leading schools, and to hear about the state of private school education from the sector’s leading thinkers.

Why should you attend the Show?

  • It is the only event that enables agents to meet the leading British independent schools, many of whom do not attend agent-specific events.
  • If you already work with British schools, the event is a good chance to strengthen your existing partnerships and discuss the progress of students you have placed.
  • For all agents this event, the largest of its kind in the world, is the key event in the independent school calendar, where you can meet the admissions teams of the UK’s leading schools, hear talks from education’s leading thinkers, update your knowledge of the sector, meet new schools, and get a unique overview of the world’s leading education system.
  • At the Show we do not restrict the number of places available for agent delegates. However to register you will need to provide a detailed company profile and two referees, which ideally should be British boarding schools or language schools and/or universities with whom you have established partnerships.

Exhibiting schools are supplied with an agent information pack

Registered agents receive:

  • the opportunity to speak with schools at the show who have indicated that they would like to see agents;
  • your details and references are passed to exhibiting schools - establishing your credibility*;
  • you can also attend any of the parents’ talks.

* Must be registered by 1200 GMT Friday 10 November 2023


Traffic Lights System

Exhibiting schools indicate their willingness to speak with agents by displaying a GREEN sticker on their name board. Please be aware that most schools will prioritise speaking to parents - so make your discussions crisp and bring a card or flyer to leave your details. 

RED or the absence of a green sticker means that a school is unable to speak to agents.



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