April 2021
24-25 April 2021
Battersea Evolution
Independent Schools Show
The show helps thousands of families
Over 240 leading schools
Advice from education's
brightest thinkers
Plan the next steps for your child
Meet the leading schools
Meet the most respected heads
Make the right decisions for your child
Advance tickets are free (£15 on the door)
Independent Schools Show

The Independent Schools Show helps thousands of families each year to plan the next steps for their children.

The show brings together the leading schools, the brightest thinkers and the most respected heads to help you make the right decisions for your child.

24-25 APRIL 2021

Independent Schools Show Parents Forum

Building up to the show in April, the Independent Schools Show is organising a series of Parents Forum events to help parents plan and support their child’s educational journey.

Forum events are free but attendees need to register in advance.

08 Into UK Senior Schools

Tuesday 22 September 2020  10:30am - 11:30am

Choosing a school is one of the biggest decisions parents will make for their child.

Our "INTO" webinar series gives parents exclusive introductions to some of the best independent senior schools in the UK followed by meetings with individual schools.

In an hour you will visit six leading schools within easy each of London, see them in action, get exclusive insights and have the opportunity to ask questions. This is a highly efficient way to focus your search and find the school that is the right fit for your child.

Participating schools:

  • Felsted
  • Lancing College
  • New Hall School
  • The Royal Masonic School for Girls
  • Mayfield School
  • King's, Ely


09 Choosing a London School

Tuesday 29 September 2020 10:30am - 11:30am

London is one of the most cut-throat education markets on the planet. Each year, thousands of families vie for places at one of the capital’s many sought-after independent schools. This competition has driven up standards and, in contrast to the rest of the country, has seen new schools open in recent years.

When you also include the high-performing state schools, navigating the range of schooling options available to London parents can prove to be an unenviable task.

This online event, organised with the Good Schools Guide, is designed to help parents living in (or moving to) the capital deal with the extra pressures and complexities in finding a London school.


  • The range in academic levels;
  • Provision of sport and facilities;
  • Choosing a school during COVID-19 - virtual open days and school visits;
  • How to plan for registration, admissions;
  • Entrance exams and assessment.


07 Start Planning for School Fees


This Parents Forum was designed to help families at the start of the education journey. Our school fee experts, David Quintrell & James Alder, Directors at Brewin Dolphin, answered your questions.

By reviewing your assets and investments at the outset, and putting in place careful, realistic and efficient school fees planning, you will better support your child’s education. Use this process to build resilience, protect against risk and enhance your family’s financial well-being. Use this process to build resilience, protect against risk and enhance your family’s financial well-being.

Read more to watch the session again and download the handouts.

06 How to apply to NYU


This online event was designed to help British and international students who are applying to or starting at US universities this autumn. Admissions Director Lisa Mortini, from NYU, one of the US universities most popular with international students, discussed how to make a good application, and standout from the 85,000 other applicants.


  • Lisa Mortini, International Admissions, NYU


Lisa also discussed the impact of lockdown on admissions:

  • How will COVID19 impact students at US universities this Fall?
  • Should 2020 entrants defer for a year?
  • How safe is it to study in the US?
  • Will admissions officers make allowances for lockdown when judging applications?
  • Will there be fewer international applicants this year?

Read more to watch the session again and download the handouts.

05 The Return to Boarding School


Starting at boarding school is always a big event, but the transition from living at home to living at school after extended lockdown raises new challenges.

This online event, organised with The Good Schools Guide, was designed to help British and international parents prepare their children to return or start at boarding school this autumn. It also covered how schools are handling admissions.

  • The re-opening of UK boarding schools;
  • How to prepare your child this for the return to school;
  • Safety and guidelines for pupils & staff;
  • How quarantining will work;
  • How admissions are working - virtual open days, deadlines, interviews & assesments.

Read more to watch the session again and download the handouts.

04 What price an education? Grandparents, Tax & Equity Release


David Quintrell & James Alder of Brewin Dolphin & David Forsdyke of Knight Frank Finance discussed: 

  • Inheritance tax and surplus income
  • Clarity on gifts
  • Potentially Exempt Transfers & Chargeable Lifetime Transfers
  • Loans to parents
  • Property & planning

Read more to watch the session again and download the handouts.

03 Senior School Admissions


Our distinguished panel explain how open days, school tours, interviews/assessments and registration are working under the current circumstances, and remind parents that they need to be mindful of the fast approaching deadlines.


  • James Dahl, Master of Wellington College
  • Dr Andy Mayfield, Director of Admissions, St Paul's School
  • William Petty, Director, Bonas MacFarlane.


The impact of lockdown on:

  • Admissions Deadlines
  • Open Days
  • School Visits
  • Interviews & Assessments
  • Intakes for 2020 and 2021

Read more to watch the session again and download the handouts

02 Reception Admissions - how to keep ahead in lockdown


Schools have been closed but admissions have not stopped. This online event took place on Tuesday 16 June 2020 and was designed to help parents to understand how the leading London nurseries and Pre-Prep/Prep schools are managing the admissions processes for 2020 and 2021 during lockdown.

Lucinda Byron Evans, Head Teacher, Young England Kindergartens and Sebastian Hepher, Principal, Eaton Square Schools discussed the impact of lockdown on: admissions deadlines, open days, school visits, interviews & assessments. The session was chaired by William Petty, Director of  Bonas MacFarlane.

Read more to watch the session again and download the handouts.

01 Lets talk about School Fees... Financial strategy to help families manage through the C-19 crisis


This highly informative online event took place on Wednesday 3 June 2020. It was designed for parents whose income has temporarily fallen because of the Covid-19 crisis. Get the advice you need to keep your child in independent education.

  • William Petty, Director, Bonas Macfarlane gave an overview of the different approaches schools have taken to fees and payment during the Covid-19 crisis.
  • David Quintrell & James Alder, Directors of Brewin Dolphin, discussed the merits of different financial strategies for parents looking to find ways to pay school fees.

Read more to watch the session again and download the handouts.


Parents Forum events from 2019 and earlier are available to watch on our YouTube channel.

The Parents Forum brings together the brightest thinkers from education, finance, property & law, alongside the most respected independent school leaders to help parents as they plan their child’s educational journey.

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Start planning your child's future

Scholarships and Bursaries: A Quick Guide

The Good Schools Guide's Susan Hamlyn has produced this guide to scholarships and bursaries - which can be worth anything from 5% to 100% of the whole school fee.

Questions for parents to ask schools

Each year Bonas MacFarlane help hundreds of families find the right school for their child. These are the questions they use as a checklist. 


There were 34 talks and workshops at the 2019 show. The sector’s brightest thinkers were discussing the trends, issues and choices that will affect your child’s future.

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Over 240 leading schools from the UK, Ireland, Denmark and the USA exhibit at the Show.

  Saturday 24 April 2021 10:00-17:00
Sunday 25 April 2021 10:30-16:30

  Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London, SW8 4NW