Six-page snapshot shows 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
Note: The Independent school figures in this snapshot include Independent Catholic schools, except where otherwise indicated.
In 2021, there were 1,187 Independent schools of which 140 were boarding schools. Most Independent schools are co-educational.
NUMBER OF INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS
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%|
TYPES OF INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS
BOYS’ SCHOOLS 4%
GIRLS’ SCHOOLS 6%
CO-EDUCATIONAL SCHOOLS 90%
INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS WITH A RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION
AVERAGE NUMBER OF STUDENTS ENROLLED AT AN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL
AVERAGE NUMBER OF STUDENTS ENROLLED AT A GOVERNMENT SCHOOL