Snapshot of key characteristics of the Independent school sector, those who are enrolled and those who work in independent schools.
The Independent school sector is a diverse and growing group of non-government schools. The Independent school figures in this snapshot include Independent Catholic schools, except where otherwise indicated.
Characteristics of the Independent school sector:
- Broad choice for parents
- Strong community links
- Diversity of school type, size and focus
- Autonomous governance arrangements
- Comprehensive accountability
In 2021, there were 1,187 Independent schools of which 140 were boarding schools. Most Independent schools are co-educational.
SIZE OF INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS
|FEWER THAN 50 STUDENTS||12%|
|50 — 199 STUDENTS||26%|
|200 — 999 STUDENTS||42%|
|1,000 — 1,999 STUDENTS||18%|
|2,000 OR MORE STUDENTS||26 SCHOOLS OR 2%|
NUMBER OF INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS
AVERAGE NUMBER OF STUDENTS ENROLLED AT AN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL
AVERAGE NUMBER OF STUDENTS ENROLLED AT A GOVERNMENT SCHOOL