Summer Fair Handbook

The Exhibitor Handbook is now available, covering everything you need to know - from parking to hotels to lunch, not forgettting the post-Fair Summer Drinks party.

Exhibitor Opportunities

The Independent Schools Show in London and our British Boarding Schools Shows, in key markets around the world, provide a unique marketplace and platform for parents to find the right school for their child. We limit exhibitor numbers at all our shows in order to maintain an optimum visitor-school ratio. We never charge success fees or commission from participating schools. Our sole mission is to attract the right visitors to your stand. Join us to meet the thousands of families looking for their perfect school at our events. Please contact Ben Hitchman on +44 (0)203 301 0299 to book your place at any of our shows or to discuss your attendance.

Independent Schools Show


Established in 2007, the ISS is the world's largest school open day. Enhance your presence in London and the South East. 

Key Global Markets


The British Boarding Schools Shows take place in 13 key global cities each year. Join us & access these important markets. 

Parents Forum


Our talks, workshops and online events take place weekly in term time. Broadcast to the biggest, most engaged audience of parents.

Delivering results & industry-leading ROI

.. and 2021 will be our most powerful year yet


Thousands of families find their perfect school at our events each year. The Shows are the principle forum for UK independent schools to meet the public and press.

Our mission is to attract the right visitors to your stand and drive appointments to your admissions teams. 

ISS benefits:

  1. Communicate and showcase the unique and wonderful attributes of your school 
  2. Meet and build a relationship with highly motivated parents in our unique approachable, interactive and informal setting
  3. Join our national advertising & PR campaign, featuring strongly in titles such as Tatler & The Sunday Times. We report all activities in our comprehensive Post Show Report
  4. Expand your geographic and demographic catchments
  5. Network with other schools, and connect with new feeder schools and nurseries
  6. We never charge success fees or commission from participating schools (thats why parents trust us)

We have the experience, running over 50 Shows and countless webinars for parents, growing the footfall and engagement and delivering results.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the ISS team to discover how our events can drive the right parents to your school.


Data-driven Success

We have a unique understanding of parents considering independent schools.



With 6592 visitors (up 8.3%) 2019 was a record year for the London show.

This is the most cost-efficient way to reach London and South-East families, especially those from the city’s central and wealthiest zones. 


The post-show report has a full analysis of the show's London and South East market.



The number of families visiting our overseas shows in 2019 was up 65% on 2018 - another record-breaking year. We launched six new shows and more parents attended all our shows.

  • Hong Kong 2019 was our busiest ever international show. 
  • New shows were launched in Monaco, India, China and Vietnam, and we returned to Geneva.
  • In Asia we organised six shows: Kuala Lumpur, Singapore & Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh.

Download the end of year report for a full analysis.

Parents Forum


In June 2020 we moved our Parents Forum online. Since then 7010 UK and international families have attended or watched our events, an average of 319 parents per event.

These parents are engaged - they have downloaded 15039 school prospectuses from the event pages, and schools report that this engagement is converting into leads and registrations.

Download our Parents Forum fact sheet to find out more about our online audience and how your school can take part.

Meet the Team

Ben Hitchman
Ben HitchmanGroup Show DirectorThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

t: +44 (0) 203 301 0299

Ben manages the ISS in London and is your principal point of contact for all operational aspects of the British Boarding Schools Shows. Ben has only missed a handful of our Shows in the past 15 years.

Sofie Sibley
Sofie SibleyFinance ManagerThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sofie is responsible for all fiscal related matters at our events. Sofie spends her time liaising with the bursary departments at our exhibiting schools.

David Wellesley Wesley
David Wellesley WesleyShow FounderThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

+44 (0) 20 3301 0299

David founded the Independent Schools Show in 2006 and continues to oversee all aspects of every production. David is responsible for driving the marketing campaigns and managing sponsorship opportunities.

Guy Schady-Beckett
Guy Schady-BeckettResearch & Digital DirectorThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Guy has revolutionised our relevance & reach to parents, and our reporting and feedback to schools. Guy manages the campaigns and data, contact Guy about all visitor data & partnership enquiries.


We are constantly optimising our marketing, delivering value to our parent database via valuable and deep collaboration partners.

Independent Schools Council

We represent over 1,300 independent schools in the UK and overseas.
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RS Academics

RSAcademics enables independent and private schools worldwide to thrive.
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School House Magazine

A complete resource for parents seeking excellence in independent education.
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Choose Love

Choose Love has raised millions to support refugees and created a movement of people putting love into action around the world.
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Good Schools Guide

For over thirty years, impartial and candid school reviews.
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Tatler Schools Guide

The lowdown on 240 of the best prep and public schools in Britain.
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Brewin Dolphin Ltd

Brewin Dolphin are delighted to become the official Finance Partner of the Independent Schools Show, the ultimate forum for parents to meet the biggest names in British education.
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