The Independent Schools Show Summer Fair

 The Hurlingham Club, Ranelagh Gardens, London, SW6 3PR The Hurlingham Club, Ranelagh Gardens, London, SW6 3PR
22 June 2021
10:00 AM To 07:30 PM GMT +00:00
Doors Open  10:00 AM

The Fair brings together 55 exhibiting schools - from London and across the UK. Sampling this cross-section of British independent schooling provides an efficient overview of the sector. And many of our visitors since the first ground breaking Independent Schools Show in 2007 have discovered, through our unique approach to exhibiting, the actual schools their children have gone on to attend.

This approach goes deeper than informing about entrance procedures, school values, facilities and results. The fairs allow parents to have those vital, in depth, face to face discussions with senior admissions staff or headteachers, that are hard to fit around whistle-stop group school tours at Open Days.

That’s why we go to great lengths to secure the right locations for our fairs. A beautifully discreet, ‘third space’ environment really does promote relaxed yet full and frank disclosure - on both sides. However prestigious, will a school accommodate the way each pupil, as a highly distinctive individual, is inspired, learns, plays and builds confidence? More often than not, it will. But independent education affords parents the luxury of choice for their children.

The way we give them access to schools makes sure they exploit that choice - through private, personal discovery.

City or Country?

Post-lockdown, many London families are reconsidering whether a city or country school would best suit their child. This fair for independent schools is organised into two distinct sections: one for families looking for London day schools; the other for boarding and relocation to day schools / flexi-boarding outside the capital.

The most beguiling choices are often between options where a commonality of excellence and culture expresses itself in a different geographical context.

  • London enjoys several ancient schools that are leaders among the broadest based academic schools in the English speaking world; and the city hosts countless other superb, more recent and groundbreaking establishments besides, of wildly different sizes, where pupils access rich cultural diversity and sporting excellence - on and off campus.
  • Meanwhile, within easy reach of the metropolis (and even within it) are a multitude of other historically important, outstandingly academic and mixed ability schools, with acres of green space, superb facilities and extended days, offering all the holistic benefits of residential based or day schooling - from art, drama and music to outward bound and sporting activities.

Even a move to a full boarding school is increasingly accompanied by a move to a new home. Knight Frank, one of the Fair’s sponsors, will be on hand to help parents place their school selection in the vital context of where and in what kind of property they wish to live.

Parents Forum Talks

The Summer Fair is the culmination of a nine week programme of Parents Forums. These events feature leading independent schools, together with education, property and financial experts. We take parents on virtual school visits to meet leading heads; we interview top educationalists; we talk to the shrewdest school fee planners; we explore scholarships and bursaries; and we provide market intelligence about the London and re-location property markets.

Three Parents Forum talks will be recorded live from the Brewin Dolphin sponsored theatre at the Fair. Chaired by Ed Vaizey, these talks will also be available online. See the programme below.

Exhibiting Schools

(various other schools will be present represented in the talks content programme): 

  • Aldro School
  • Alpha Plus Group Ltd
  • Ashbourne College
  • Bedales School
  • Berkhamsted School
  • Bredon School
  • Caterham School
  • Cheltenham College
  • Cheltenham Ladies' College
  • City of London Girls and Boys
  • Cottesmore School
  • DLD College
  • Dragon School
  • Eaton Square School
  • Falcons Pre Preparatory School
  • Falcons Preparatory School for Boys
  • Falcons School for Girls
  • Felsted School
  • Fettes College
  • Francis Holland School Junior School, Sloane Square
  • Francis Holland School, Regent's Park
  • Francis Holland School, Sloane Square
  • Fulham School
  • Gordonstoun School
  • Gresham's School
  • Heathfield School
  • Highfield and Brookham Schools
  • Junior King's School
  • Kew Green Preparatory School
  • Kew House School 
  • King's College Online
  • Lancing College
  • Lycee International de Londres Winston Churchill
  • Maida Vale School
  • Mander Portman Woodward School
  • Marlborough College
  • Marymount London
  • Mayfield School
  • Moulsford Preparatory School
  • New Hall School
  • Portland Place School
  • Queen Ethelburga's College
  • Queenswood School
  • Ravenscourt Park Preparatory School
  • Reddam House
  • Repton School
  • Sevenoaks School
  • Sherborne School
  • Sherborne School for Girls
  • St Edmund's College & Prep
  • St Edward's School
  • St George's School, Ascot
  • The King's School, Canterbury
  • The Moat School
  • Thorngrove School
  • Whitgift School
  • Woldingham School

The Independent Schools Show Summer Fair Exhibitors

DLD College

London

King's School, Canterbury

Canterbury, Kent

MPW London

London

Sherborne School

Sherborne, Dorset

Cheltenham Ladies' College

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Bedales

Petersfield, Hampshire

Berkhamsted School

Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire

Sherborne Girls

Sherborne, Dorset

Cottesmore School

Pease Pottage, West Sussex

Cheltenham College

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Gresham's

Holt, Norfolk

Felsted School

Felsted, Essex

Whitgift School

South Croydon, Surrey

Caterham School

Caterham, West Sussex

Sevenoaks School

Sevenoaks, Kent

Highfield & Brookham Schools

Liphook, Hampshire

Lancing College

West Sussex

Heathfield School

Ascot, Berkshire

Woldingham School

Woldingham, Surrey

Marlborough College

Marlborough, Wiltshire

Junior King’s, Canterbury

Canterbury, Kent

New Hall School

Chelmsford, Essex

Repton School

Derbyshire

Aldro

Godalming, Surrey

Queenswood

Hatfield, Hertfordshire

St George's, Ascot

Ascot, Berkshire

Thorngrove School

Highclere

Mayfield School

Mayfield, East Sussex

Gordonstoun

Moray

Dragon School

Oxford, England

St. Edward’s, Oxford

Oxford, England

Moulsford Preparatory School

Moulsford, England

Fettes College

Scotland, Scotland

Marymount London

London, England

Falcons School for Girls

England, England

Choose Love

London

Portland Place School

London, England

Falcons Pre-Preparatory

England, England

Bredon School

Bushley, England

Falcons Prep Richmond

England, England

The Moat School & Sixth Form

England, England

Kew House School

London, England

Fulham School

London, England

City Junior School

London, England

Knight Frank

London, England

The Independent Schools Show Summer Fair

 The Hurlingham Club, Ranelagh Gardens, London, SW6 3PR The Hurlingham Club, Ranelagh Gardens, London, SW6 3PR
22 June 2021
10:00 AM To 07:30 PM GMT +00:00
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